Hidden halfway between Newcastle and Sydney in the Brisbane Water National Park, is the stunning Somersby Falls. This tranquil rainforest area on the Central Coast is the perfect place to retreat and escape from everyday life.
From the moment you step out of your car, you can hear the calming sound of the waterfall and birds singing, making you instantly feel miles away from home. On either side of the carpark at the top of the waterfall, there are scattered picnic tables and barbeques, making it the perfect place to stop for a snack or lunch before or after your walk.
There are no eating facilities at Somersby Falls so make sure to pack some food and drinks for your time there. There is also a toilet block adjacent to the carpark with handwashing facilities.
The start of the walk has a lookout over the cascading waterfall, along with some rock hollows perfect for a photo.
Continue your way down towards the top waterfall, following the stone staircase that winds its way through the rainforest until you come to an opening in the trees.
There you will find the largest waterfall, along with a creek for swimming and plenty of rocky ground to stop for a rest.
Make sure you stop here for a photo, you can even climb up behind the waterfall to explore some more, but be careful as it is very slippery.
From the edge, you can look down to the waterfalls and creek below before you continue your descent down.
Continue your walk down some natural rock stairs, along a timber boardwalk with another lookout over the rainforest, down a wooden staircase and past a moss wall until you reach the second waterfall.
This one is full of large boulders, vines and trickle streams cascading in all directions. From here, you can see the creek below that continues off into the lush rainforest.
There is a small natural staircase to get down to the bottom creek, or you can climb down the rock formations from the second platform.
We took the stairs down and decided to stop here to rest our legs and have some lunch, whilst looking up at the waterfalls above and listening to the beautiful sounds of the rainforest.
From here you can continue exploring along the edge of the creek, however there is no path to follow at this point, or you can head back up. We decided to make our way back up to the top, stopping to explore a little more along the way. The entire walk is only 500m return, however it is steep and slippery in places, so take your time, watch your step and keep a close eye on the kids.
We had our 4-year-old and 2-year-old with us and ensured that there was one adult with one child at all times. Our 4-year-old walked the entire track with assistance and our 2-year-old was carried for the majority of it, primarily for safety reasons. Overall it took us about an hour and a half to complete the walk, however this includes the time spent exploring, getting photos and stopping for a picnic.
We went in autumn and it was a bit cool once down below the canopy of trees. However, it is also a very popular swimming spot in Summer, making it the perfect place to visit all year round.
It was fairly quiet when we visited, but it is known to get busy on weekends, so it is recommended that you visit before 10am or after 4pm if you wish to avoid the crowds.
Somersby Falls is a beautiful place, full of magical places to explore and immerse yourself in nature. It is the perfect place to pause, relax and refresh! My family had an amazing time visiting Somersby Falls and all agree that it is well worth the drive.
Good to Know
Address: Somersby Falls is located in Brisbane Water National Park at the end of Somersby Falls Road. Located 96km from Newcastle and 82km from Sydney, it’s just over an hour drive either way, making it perfect for a day trip with family or friends. There are also a number of places throughout the Central Coast where you can stay overnight if you are not from the area.
Car Parking: The drive in is easy and does not require a specific type of car to get there, and there is parking available on-site which costs $8 for park entry or you can park on the road at the entrance for free.
Ideal Age: All ages with parent supervision
Public Toilets: Yes
Water Fountain: No
Picnic Facilities: Yes, shaded picnic benches
Nearby Cafe: No, there are no eating facilities at Somersby falls
Access for all abilities: As this is an all-natural rainforest walk, access to the waterfalls below for people with a physical disability would prove impossible. There are a lot of stairs on the way down with no other option for access. However, the view of the waterfall from the picnic areas is a beautiful experience in itself and could very much be enjoyed by all.
For more information, visit the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website regarding Somersby Falls.
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Bianca grew up in Newcastle and loves everything about this wonderful city. A mum of two under 2 1/2, she cherishes the crazy and challenging, yet beautiful days that she gets to share with her children. On her days off she enjoys exploring new places together and creating fun and engaging play experiences, which she shares on her instagram account @mila.and.micah. When Bianca isn’t being Mum to her two, she is busy managing a local community-based childcare centre. She has 10 years experience as an Early Childhood Teacher and Director, and is passionate about play-based learning for the early years.