Regarded as “perhaps one of the best waterfalls in the south of Sydney area” (Australian Waterfalls), Maddens Falls is a very photogenic waterfall in Dhawaral National Park. The waterfall along Maddens Creek cascades over multiple tiers, and is especially impressive after rain (water levels can be very low when it’s been dry for a while). The official viewing platform is reached via a 10-15min walk, and is at the top of the waterfall.
There are a couple of alternate viewing points, which require a bit more effort as there’s no formal tracks.
Cross the creek above the falls, and scramble down to get to a broad ledge around the middle of the waterfall. (It is not advisable to try and get to the base of the falls from here).
Base of Maddens Falls
It’s possible with a bit more effort to get to the base of the waterfall. Continue along the top of the cliff-line on the same side as the viewing platform. After a few hundred metres, the terrain gets less steep and you can walk down to the creek. Follow the creek upstream to the base of the falls – note there are a few tricky sections and some scrambling required, and it’s not suitable for children.
Getting to Maddens Falls
Maddens Falls is just over an hour’s drive from from Sydney CBD, via the A1 and Princes Highway. The signposted walking track starts on Darkes Forest Road (sealed). From the parking area along Darkes Forest Road, the Maddens Falls Walk (officially called the 10Z Management Trail) descends to Maddens Creek and a waterfall viewing platform.
More information on Maddens Falls
- Australian Waterfalls – Maddens Falls
- David Noble – More Waterfall Photography – National Falls, Maddens Falls and Kellys Falls
- National Parks (NPWS) – Maddens Falls Walk