Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park
Fitzroy Falls is a picturesque village in Morton National Park (Southern Highlands), famous for its spectacular waterfall with the same name.
Follow the boardwalk from the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre along the creek to a lookout with spectacular views of the waterfall and the enormous Yarrunga Valley below. Around Fitzroy Falls are a couple of exciting bushwalking tracks through native rainforest inhabited by various bird species.
With a population of just over 200 people, Fitzroy Falls is a small village located in the Southern Highlands region of New South Wales. The village carries the same name as the impressive waterfall that descends more than 80 metres into Yarrunga Valley.
The waterfall forms part of Wildes Meadow Creek that flows into Yarrunga Creek which in turn connects with the Kangaroo River further south. Yarrunga was also the initial name of what is now called the Fitzroy Falls area.
Charles Throsby, a surgeon and explorer, was the first European to see the waterfall in the early 19th century. The waterfall was ultimately renamed after Sir Charles Fitzroy, Governor of New South Wales, who visited the area in 1850. The waterfall slowly turned into a tourist attraction in the 19th century, but the village itself has always remained small.
Visitor Centre and Lookout Point
The Fitzroy Falls visitor centre is located right next to the car park on Nowra Rd and is opened daily from 9am to 5pm. The cost of parking is $4 for the whole day.
Visiting the award-winning visitor centre is the perfect way to start your visit to Fitzory Falls. The centre offers lots of information about the history, wildlife and Aboriginal culture of the area. The centre can also arrange environmental programmes for schools and tour groups.
You’ll also find a gift shop in the centre with a large amount of authentic, Australian-made souvenirs for sale. The little café next door serves very decent coffee and delicious cake, with a small area for children to play.
To get to the lookout, simply follow the signs from the visitor centre. A convenient boardwalk follows the path of the creek and guides you to a beautiful lookout point from where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the waterfall and the surrounding valley. The photo opportunities are unique so make sure you bring your camera.
Walking Tracks Around Fitzroy Falls
From the Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre to the Fitzroy Falls lookout is only a short walk, but luckily there are a couple of longer walking tracks to get your bushwalk fix. The two main walking tracks are the West Rim walking track and the East Rim walking track, taking you through beautiful eucalyptus wilderness. These tracks are actually quite different, so it’s worth doing both if you have the time and energy.
West Rim Walking Track
The West Rim walking track is a 4km return walk with great views of the Yarrunga Valley. There are several different lookouts and waterfalls on the way to explore. The West Rim is considered the easier of the two tracks and also offers more exciting scenery than the East Rim.
In general, the West Rim track is fairly easy with a few steep sections. Be mindful though that the track can get slippery at times, especially after a few days of rainfall. The full West Rim Track terminates at the Renown Lookout from where you can enjoy superb views before heading back.
East Rim Walking Track
Also known as the Wildflower Walk, the East Rim walking track is a 7km return walk through lush rainforest full of wildlife. This track offers great views of Fitzroy Falls and the Yarrunga valley below. The start of the East Rim is directly underneath the bridge where the boardwalk branches off towards the east.
Morton National Park
Fitzroy Falls is located at the north-eastern end of Morton National Park, one of the largest national parks in New South Wales. Morton National Park stretches from the west of Ulladulla to the south of Bundanoon and is characterised by flat plateau, beautiful steep gorges, rugged sandstone cliffs and breathtaking waterfalls, combined with dense rainforest.
In 1938 the area became a national park and was named after Mark Morton, a local New South Wales politician who had always fought hard to protect the unique and beautiful landscape of the area. Mark Morton died in that same year, before the park got its name. The area has also long been of significance for local Aboriginal people with many recorded sites dating back more than 20,000 years.
Fitzroy Falls Map
The Fitzroy Falls car park is located on Nowra Road and is easy to find. If you can, it’s recommended to drive in via Kangaroo Valley in the south-west as the scenery is very pretty compared to the area in the north when coming in via the Illawarra Highway.