NSW Family Sunday Drives: Fitzroy Falls
A stone's throw from Sydney within Morton National Park one of Australia’s most striking natural wonders puts on a breathtaking show. A wondrous highlight of the beautiful Southern Highlands region, Fitzroy Falls is a spectacular waterfall that dramatically cascades 81-metres down to the expansive eucalyptus forest below.
This extensive parkland is a sanctuary for native birds and wildlife, with a deep magical wilderness and wealth of indigenous history to explore.
How To Get To Fitzroy Falls
A road trip to Fitzroy Falls from Sydney is around two hours travelling south along the Hume Highway to Mittagong, then Bowral into Sheepwash Road and Nowra Road.
What To Do In Fitzroy Falls
Morton National Park is a wonderland of rainforest gullies, wildflowers, colourful birds and native animals, so it is in itself a unique and enjoyable place for the family to explore on a Fitzroy Falls adventure. The boardwalk along the creek takes you to a 100-metre high lookout at the top of the Falls. You can also canoe down the Shoalhaven or Kangaroo River or follow one of the many walking tracks to revel in the beauty of the bushland.
The award-winning Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre is an interesting place to stop to find out more about the region’s local Aboriginal culture, native wildlife and birdwatching in the area. You’ll also find authentic souvenirs From here you can take a walk along the elevated boardwalk to soak up the majestic ambience of the incredible Fitzroy Falls. You could also make a pitstop at the cafe.
Fire up a barbecue or lay out a picnic at the Fitzroy Falls picnic area where you will hear the water cascading and birds chirping in the background. Keep an eye out for resident lyrebirds and swamp wallabies!
For the more adventurous, you can see the best of Morton National Park on wheels, riding the Fitzroy Falls to Kangaroo Valley cycling route. However, the 30-kilometre trail is long and challenging, so you might need to make a weekend of it!
Fitzroy Falls Walks
East Rim Wildflower Walk
Starting at the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre, the self-guided 7km return East Rim Wildflower Walk will lead you to Warrawong lookout on a delightful journey through myriad native plants and trees. It is at its most opulent in spring, with an array of colourful flowers, eucalypt forests, grassy woodlands and lush rainforest. This nature-lovers paradise is bursting with birds, some smaller waterfalls and spectacular lookouts and views over the valley.
West Rim Walking Track
Another delightful trail is the gentle West Rim Walking Track along the western edge of the horseshoe-shaped ridge leading to Renown lookout. Meander along the 4km return stretch through eucalypt forests and abundant rainforest, shaded by a magnificent natural canopy. You see and smell the native flora and discover lookouts dotted along the path with spectacular views of gorges and waterfalls.
Fitzroy Falls Camping
If you want to turn your Fitzroy Falls visit into more of a rustic vacation, there are three camping grounds within Moreton National Park.
Lake Yarrunga and Tallowa Dam Camping
The Lake Yarrunga and Tallowa Dam camping area is perched along the Shoalhaven and Kangaroo Rivers, and can only be reached by non-powered boat. If you're up for the ride, you'll find small, unpowered sites along the riverbank, perfect for pitching a tent. There are toilet facilities at various points throughout the Kangaroo River and Shoalhaven River sections.
Gambells Rest Campground
Located in the northern ‘Bundanoon’ section of the Park, Gambells Rest campground is the largest and most equipped of the available campgrounds with 10 serene tent, trailer and caravan sites, a covered camp kitchen with electric barbecues, washing up sinks and picnic tables, and hot showers and flush toilets. Some popular walking tracks and bike trails are close by.
Toorooroo is a small, remote bush campground for tent camping beside your vehicle, so you will need to be prepared. However, it's close proximity to the water and the surrounding wattle forest and red gums make this one of the Park's hidden gems. There are only three unpowered sites available, but the adjoining picnic area has an amenities block, picnic tables, barbecues and fire rings.
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