Reached by short walk along a firetrail, Winifred Falls is a picturesque waterfall and swimming hole in the Royal National Park. It’s fed by South West Arm Creek, a pristine river which originates within the national park (there’s another natural pool – Flat Rock Creek – further upstream, which also makes a nice swimming spot.)
The waterfall is surrounded by bush, with plenty of shade and many rock ledges above the falls.
You can swim under the falls – or for an even more spectacular swimming spot continue downstream to South West Arm Pool.
Getting to Winifred Falls
The easiest route to Winifred Falls via a firetrail from Warumbal Road (off Sir Bertram Steven Drive), which is about a 50 minute drive from Sydney. The firetrail descends fairly gently before getting steeper and rockier for the last few hundred metres (2.8km return). After heavy rain, the initial section of the trail can get a bit muddy.
The falls are signposted, and just off the firetrail which ends near the waterfall.
Alternate approaches are:
- Mount Bass Trail from Bundeena Drive (6.8km return), a longer but relatively easy route
- Bushwalking trail from Maianbar Road which goes past Anice Falls (6.3km), a more challenging route.