Fitzroy Falls .. all the way down

Michael Matthews

Sydney, Australia

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This is the beautiful Fitzroy Falls in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia.

There is a high railing at this lookout (for safety reasons) which makes it difficult to get a good shot of the whole of the falls.
I can’t remember if I used the tripod here or just held the camera tightly.

The spectacular spray of water hitting the rocks 80 metres below doesn’t quite show up here. It is a great sight which I recommend you see for yourself.

There are several lookouts providing spectacular views of these falls. Look out for more photos from different angles.

This is part of the Moreton National Park.

Although long known to the aborigines, who passed by it on their migrations from the coast to the Highlands, the falls were ‘discovered’ in the 1820s by Charles Throsby, pioneer settler of Bong Bong, whose property extended as far as the falls itself.

Its spectacular beauty made it a favourite place for the Throsbys to bring their many guests on picnics. One of these, NSW Governor Fitzroy, visited in 1850 and in typically modest manner named the falls after himself.

Twelve years later, when the area was surveyed, they were still referred to as ’Throsby’s waterfall’, but the name Fitzroy was to win out.

The falls lie in the path of the Yarrunga Creek, which drops over 80 metres down the escarpment, and flows on into the Kangaroo River. The water flow is not as massive, nor as irregular, as in the past due to a water catchment dam further upstream today.

Canon 400D, ISO100, F22, 0.3 seconds exposure.

Mountains Across The Globe, March 2011.
Destination Australia, March 2011.

256 views as of July 26, 2011.
501 views as of Mar 28, 2012.
1108 views as of Aug 19, 2013.

The long view

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