The Ebor Falls consists of two separate falls along the Guy Fawkes River, with three lookout platforms connected by a short walking track providing spectacular views of the waterfalls and gorge. It’s one of many waterfalls along the Waterfall Way between Bellingen and Armidale. The total drop of the two waterfalls has been (unofficially) estimated to be 115m.
The Gumbaynggirr people who were the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land called the waterfalls “martiam”, which translates to “great falls”. The Guy Fawkes River and Boyd River were thought to have been an important traffic and trade route linking the tablelands to the coast.
Upper Ebor Falls
The river drops over two tiers of columned basalt rock to form the Ebor Upper Falls, with a lookout platform providing a view of the waterfall and pool below. (The landscape around the Ebor Falls resulted from the eruption of the Ebor volcano about 19 million years ago, while the river cuts through the 240-million-year-old Demon fault line.)
The water has a good flow year-round, but the waterfall is even more impressive after heavy rain (although it’s arguably a little less photogenic, as the river is discoloured slightly by the mud washed into it).
Lower Ebor Falls
The Lower Ebor Falls are about 600m downstream, with the Guy Fawkes River plunging in a single drop over Permian sedimentary rocks into a steep forested gorge.
Getting to Ebor Falls
The waterfall is located within the Guy Fawkes River National Park, just off the Waterfall Way. The first carpark (Upper Falls) has multiple picnic areas, toilets and a large viewing platform. You can drive to the second carpark, which has a viewing platform of the lower falls.
A walking track links the upper falls and lower falls lookout platforms via the escarpment edge.
From the walking track, you also get some nice views of the river and gorge, and the basalt formations.
A third lookout platform provides a view to the west of the gorge carved out by the Guy Fawkes River.
- National Parks (NPWS) – Ebor Falls