Australia's highest permanent single drop waterfall
can be found in the Girringun National Park and is definitely worth a visit!
We visited the falls for the first time in 2013 and now that I am back in Australia we just recently made a second visit and it will surely not be the last one.
How to get there
The falls are about a two hour drive from Townsville and easy to reach. You drive towards Ingham and turn left in Ingham, following the signs leading you to the falls. The last part of the route is gravel road but suitable for normal cars.
What to do
Once you get to the falls there is a great lookout which gives you a beautiful first impression of those falls. They definitely deserve their title as the highest permanent single drop waterfall!
After knowing what to expect you should not miss the chance to actually catch some of that waterfall mist and make your way down the track to the waterfall.
The trek starts off paved and easy but does get a bit rockier and more slippery as you make your way down. It's a 30/40 minute hike and the views are definitely worth it.
Once you get to the bottom you can go for a swim, however this requires to climb over some super slippery rocks and might therefore not be everybody's thing. The water also cannot exactly be described as "warm". Hiking the track back up though will warm you up for sure!
What to take
The camping place at wallaman is equipped with a self composting toilet, a (freezing cold) shower and picnic tables and benches. There are also fire pits provided. So bringing your own timber (and damper) is a great idea. The permits can be easily purchased online. There is no drinking water supplied so that you should bring enough.
While most people just view Wallaman Falls from the lookout or walk down to the base of the falls, some more adventurous beings set up rope swings, rock climb the walls, and canyon down Stony Creek. The first ascent of Wallaman Falls was in 1989 using traditional protection with the route goes up to the right of the falls and it is not known to have been done again.