The biggest un-mapped waterfall I've ever discovered!

Travis Easton

Boronia, Australia

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I’ve been on my waterfall hunting quest for five years now. My aim has been to visit and photograph every waterfall within 100km of Melbourne and eventually compile them into a book. I started by visiting all the popular tourist falls, then checked out the obscure often unnamed ones on maps. I then searched old books, maps and magazines for drops that have fallen off current maps and now I’m using my knowledge of the geology of areas in combination with topographical maps to guess likely waterfall locations before conducting a search on the ground.

This baby is 23m high and is the result of one such search. Early in the day I tried another river and although dropping steeply the river went underground and while frustratingly I could hear the water cascading down I could only occassionally see it. This one started in a similar way with an extended set of cascade where for stretches the water was hidden. Although there were many drops there were only two solid cliffs that forced the water to the surface, this being the second such drop (the first was 6.1m high). From my map I was expecting any waterfall action to be further upstream and so this big un took me somewhat by surprise. This was taken quite late in the day and there was another decent drop below this but it got dark before I had a chance to get there.

It absolutely amazes me that such significant geographic wonders within 100km of a city of 4 million can have gone unnoticed for so long. Of course I’m not the first to have visited it (I’m sure the local farmers know it’s here), but I am most likely the first one to have photographed it, measured it and posted it online for the world to see.

As you might be able to tell I get a huge kick out of exploring and when you come across stuff like this gee its a big thrill.

Complete journal of this trip here

Trav

Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM @ 24mm
Filter: Circular Polariser
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 1.3 sec
Aperture: f/11
WB: Auto
When: 4:39pm on 9/7/2011

For more waterfall shots check out my Waterfalls portfolio.

$30 a month from photography sales donated to the Wilderness Society

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