Jourama Falls is like no other. It's a pristine environment that terraces down into the valley and is a prime place to canyon.

Rock climbing anchors at top of Jourama Falls

It's a very beautiful place at the top falls with views overlooking the the coastline and ocean to horizon. The easiest way to get to the upper falls is to hike from Jourama Falls National Park's lookout up.

There are alternatives to walking up and around and do a oneway trip instead of a circuit:

Interactive Map

Here's a map of the route you can take to get there:

Top of Jourama Falls

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

  • Experience in abseiling (the main falls is a little more technical)
  • Gear
    • 150m rope for the large falls (if halving the rope) or 70m if using a Fiddle Stick, Smooth Operator, or another rope retrieval technique / device.
    • Belay/rappel devices, prusiks & slings
    • Grippy shoes on wet granite rocks
    • Helmet
    • Backpack
  • Food & snacks for the day
  • About 2L of water to hike to the top

Rappeling down Jourama Falls waterfall

All the falls have been bolted or there's sufficient natural anchors to use (like a well rooted tree).

Rappel 1

Two bolts adjacent top of first major waterfall.
15m rappel. Single 40m Rope.
Long swim out to next waterfall
A good place to do a simul-rappel

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Rappel 2

Sloping pitch with overhang (watch your head) and pinning risk under waterfall at bottom in full flow. There are foot positions of the left-hand side of the waterfall as you are rappelling down.
Two bolts between split pool overflow
10m Rappel
Single 40m Rope
Rock hop to next rappel.

Rappel 3

Dry abseil to ledge, rockslide into pool
Sling off fig tree behind major rock formation on River Right
15m Rappel. Single 40m rope.
Rappel all the way to the water or jump from small ledge two meter into water.
Long swim to top of big falls; there's a shallow rock in water on way.
It's safe to slide down pool exit shute at low water levels, otherwise difficult to access next pitch without getting swept over 60m waterfall. Possible to belay down exit shute although not needed in mid to low flow.

Rappel 4

Long slab, heavy water, very slick.
Two Bolts River Right of exit shute.
60m rappel. Double 60m ropes minimum.
There's no anchors to get down next 20m waterfall. Exit pool River Right, careful slabbing traverse to major gully behind monolith down to long pool. Exit long pool at outlet (River Left), rockhop to above short falls.
Option 1: Jump into pool.
Option 2: Scramble around River Right down the gully and step into pool.
Option 2: Climb around River Left arete of monolith to large tree for semi-dry abseil.
Next anchors River Left on small ledge above stepped falls.

Rappel 5

Using Option 1 from bolts:
Rough abseil down blocky, broken waterfall, heavy water.
Anchors may bind ropes so you may need to be extended with a sling and mallions to a single point. Hard to retreive rope if using rope retrieval techniques.
50m Rappel
Option 2 from tree behind monolith (up higher):
This route not attempted, but may be a cleaner route with less risk of ropes not pulling. Sacrifical sling required.
Option 3
It is also possible to descend the far River Right shute of the waterfall with caution. There's an old rope left behind by previous adventueres tied to bottlebrush. Use an aged bottlebrush as an anchor to decend 10m abseil, then slabby exit down to pool behind monolith.
Otherwise, it's possible to skip this abseil and continue on down via rock scambling.

Rappel 6

River Left rappel from tree down beside waterfall into water.
50m Rappel
Webbing around tree.

Jourama Falls

Please not that an activity permit may be required.