Making a splash at Somersby Falls

Travel With Meraki - Somersby Falls - Central Coast - NSW - Australia

Bellbirds whoop and you feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of coast life as soon as you enter the cool, lush rainforest.

 

A Great Rainy Day Activity

 

Somersby Falls is a favourite and can get quite busy on warm, summer days as locals cool of in the waters. Our favourite time to go here though is when the rains hit.

Perhaps not the best time to visit if you want to make the most of the free barbeques and picnic tables. It is, however, the perfect adventure to see the falls at their best.

Located in Brisbane Water National Park,  on the beautiful Central Coast, NSW. It is only a 500-metre round trip to visit both waterfalls from the picnic area. You can do this walk in as little as 20 minutes, but we recommend longer to explore and have fun.

 

Travel With Meraki - Somersby Falls - Central Coast - NSW - Australia

 

Although only a short distance, the track has been graded as a medium to difficult by National Parks. Even in dry weather the steps down to the falls are steep and can be slippery. Having said that our three children have managed the walk many times from a young age, just needing a helping hand occasionally.

 

Travel With Meraki - Somersby Falls - Central Coast - NSW - Australia
Our children have been enjoying Somersby Falls from a young age

 

With original names like the Top and Bottom Falls, the falls and surrounding rainforest hold lots of things to investigate and explore.

Wildlife is abundant here too. We have been lucky enough to see bush turkeys, lizards and even a snake basking in the sun on a rock during our trips.

 

The Top Falls

 

The Top Falls are only 100 metres from the start of the bush track. The largest of the two falls, there are no fences so you are free to clamber along the falls…and like our children love to do, go for a splash.

 

Travel With Meraki - Somersby Falls - Central Coast - NSW - Australia

Travel With Meraki - Somersby Falls - Central Coast - NSW - Australia

 

The Bottom Falls

 

This part of the walk is more challenging but worth the effort. We usually find that fewer people explore the lower falls and there are lots of opportunities for the children to roam free and find all sorts of treasures from frogs to huge puddles to splash in.

 

Travel With Meraki - Somersby Falls - Central Coast - NSW - Australia

 

Clothes that they can get wet, a change of outfit for the car trip home and gumboots are a must. It is also important to watch children carefully at all times. As stated before there are no safety fences and some of the drops are very deep.

 

Travel With Meraki - Somersby Falls - Central Coast - NSW - Australia

 

Somersby Falls is a great outdoor activity for all ages.

It is also the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch and experiment with some long exposure shots with your camera. Make sure to bring your tripod and ND filters alone to get the perfect captures.

Travel With Meraki - Make the most of an unperfect weather day by visiting somewhere fun like a waterfall. And remember what the Scandinavians say "There's no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing"

 

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Plan Your Trip

Located near Gosford. Exit the M1 at the Gosford Exit. Then turn onto Wisemans Ferry Rd. Take the second left which is Somersby Falls Rd and follow until you reach the picnic area.

 

Looking for somewhere to stay during your visit? Check out great deals for accommodation on the Central Coast here.

The carpark is open at 9am daily. During daylight savings it stays open till 8pm, all other times 5pm

Although entry into the National Park is free, there are parking metres for the car park. Alternatively, you can park on Somersby Falls Rd and walk in.  

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