Belmore Falls and the Hindmarsh Lookout
The Belmore Falls in Morton National Park is a stunning plunge waterfall with two drops on the Barrengarry Creek. A short walking track guides you along several lookout points, including the Hindmarsh Lookout from where you can enjoy panoramic views over Kangaroo Valley.
Located around 6km south of Robertson, a day trip to Belmore Falls and the Hindmarsh Lookout is quite an adventure. A long dirt road takes you to a car park from where you can explore the area and enjoy panoramic views of the waterfall and the upper Kangaroo Valley.
Interestingly enough, it never really gets busy at Belmore Falls, most likely because of its somewhat remote location. Nearby Fitzroy Falls, with a visitor centre and cafe, attracts a much bigger crowd.
Belmore Falls was named after Somerset Richard Lowry-Corry, 4th Earl Belmore, an Irish nobleman who was governor of New South Wales from 1868 until 1872. The waterfall drops more than 100m into a deep valley that looks like a thriving rainforest from high above.
The first part of the watefall drops into a massive round pool. There used to be an official walking track from the car park all the way to the base of the waterfall. Sadly, this track was closed a few years ago because of safety risks. Swimming in that pool on a hot summer’s day must be an amazing experience though.
If you look carefully, the start of the track is still visible from behind the fence close to the Hindmarsh Lookout (see picture below). You can find this spot at the lookout furthest away from the waterfall. Doing this track is in fact prohibited, but if you can’t resist heading down to the base, make sure you’re well prepared with good shoes, enough water and perhaps a beacon.
There is some talk online about a track that starts at the lookout closest to the waterfall. It’s best to ignore this track as it appears to be an extremely difficult and dangerous one that should be avoided.
The Hindmarsh Lookout was named after W.R. Hindmarsh, one of the earliest settlers in the area. There are actually two lookout points that give you spectacular views over Kangaroo Valley.
It’s interesting to know that the climate in the valleys and gorges below is somewhat different from up the escarpment. Temperatures are typically higher at the bottom, with large patches of thriving rainforest and a wide range of different animal species.
The best way to enjoy the Hindmarsh Lookout and the panoramic views of Kangaroo Valley and the waterfall, is by following the easy circuit trail starting at the car park. It follows the cliff-line above the massive valleys and gorges below. The 1km walking track takes you to four lookout points from where you can enjoy the best views of the area.
You can choose to extend the walk by heading north towards the little bridge that runs right above the top of the waterfall. There used to be another lookout point but this is now closed as it’s not deemed safe enough.
The facilities at the car park are great, with BBQ’s, picnic tables, water and toilets.
Map of Belmore Falls and Hindmarsh Lookout
The crosses in the map below indicate lookout points. There are two Belmore Falls lookout points and two Hindmarsh lookout points. There is also a lookout point right on top of Belmore Falls but this is technically closed due to safety risks.