Most Spectacular Australian Waterfalls

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Mitchell Falls ©NeilsPhotography/Flickr

Its spectacular waterfalls are some of Australia’s hidden gems  in terms of natural attractions. You might not expect a country that has more than a half of its surface covered by deserts to have some many beautiful waterfalls. But, believe it or not, this is exactly the case with Australia, where waterfalls can be found right in the middle of the desert.

Form the tropical Queensland to the untamed Tasmania, Australia’s woods and mountains are hiding truly amazing waterfalls. Here’s a brief list of the best-known and most spectacular Australian waterfalls:

Jim Jim Falls, Northern Territory

Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park are some of the tallest and most unusual in Australia. The falls have an estimated height of 200 meters, which makes them quite impressive. However, they follow the seasonal cycle, meaning that the water will only fall during the wet season, which is November to April. The area of the falls is particularly beautiful and rich in attractions, from rare animals to historic aboriginal sites.

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Jim Jim Falls ©David Holt London/Flickr

Barron Falls, Barron Gorge National Park

Barron Falls might not be the biggest or highest in Australia, but they are certainly among the most visited. Surrounded by luxurious tropical forest and accessible through the famous Kuranda Scenic Cableway, Barron Falls are part of a larger protected area known as Barron Gorge National Park. Like in the case of Jim Jim Falls, the Barron Falls are most impressive during the wet season, when they reach their maximum debit.

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Wallaman Falls, Girringun National Park

Queensland is also home to another spectacular waterfall, the Wallaman Falls. The waterfall is the continent’s highest, giving birth to a vertical drop of 268 m. The surroundings of Wallaman Falls are very beautiful: Girringun National Park is known for its unique animal species, but also its unusual geological structure, which is also responsible for the falls formation.

Mitchell Falls, Western Australia

The Australian outback can be full of surprises, and one reason why we decided to include Mitchell Falls is their less conventional setting in the middle of an arid plateau. Unlike the other falls described in this article, the Mitchell Falls form several consecutive drops and pools. Although the falls can only be reached by all-terrain vehicles, at the end of your two-day drive you’ll be able to enjoy them at their true value.

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Mitchell Falls ©NeilsPhotography/Flickr

Wollomombi Falls, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park

Their strange and hard to pronounce name does nothing but increase these falls’ beauty. The falls are among the tallest in the country, although they don’t form a singular drop. Situated in the mountainous area of New South Wales, the Wollomombi Falls are part of a touristic route known as the Waterfall Way, which gos through several national parks and passes numerous waterfalls.

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