An impressive waterfall after rain, the Phantom Falls is on Ku-ring-Creek, and seen from the Mueller Track which goes past the top of the falls. A sign on the track indicates the waterfall; the top is reached via an informal trail which leads to a small cascade and pool.
From the top, you can hear the waterfall – and see where it drops off the cliff through a narrow gap in the rocks.
The best view is from the bottom of the falls, where you can see the full height of the waterfall, which cascades over a series of ledges in the cliff.
Getting to Phantom Falls
The cascades at the top of Phantom Falls are about 1.3km from the Visitor Centre at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden in St Ives via the Mueller Track. There’s no walking track to the base of the falls, but if you continue a few hundred metres along the Mueller Track, you can scramble down to the creek, and then follow the creek upstream to the base of Phantom Falls.