Location - Girringun National Park, North Queensland, Australia
Grade - V4/5 A4 IV/V **** (French Grading System)
Approach - 3-5 hours depending on route
Descent - 6-9 hours for 4-6 people
Exit - 4-6 hours depending on route
Total time - Allow at least 2 full days on first trip
Full course - ~20 km one-way trip
Elevation loss - ~560 metres
Flash flooding level - High
First descentists - Luen Warneke, Jake Cosby, and Brendan Moore
Garrawalt Falls is impressive enough to look at, let along rappel down them. This majestic canyon provide long drops, rappels through water, and plenty of pack swims. This canyon will not disappoint.
See the 'How to get to Garrawalt Falls' article.
The canyon has some large drops and some advanced rigging (knot blocks) required.
R1 80m NA-TR Garrawalt Falls
Option 1: Boulder (closer to edge)
Option 2: Tree
R2 55m NA-TR Amphitheater
Option 1: Crack system - Knot block and chock stone. Rappels into lower of the two pools.
Option 2: Boulder - rappels directly into flow and pool.
Option 3: Potentially scramble out to tree line for tree anchor.
R3 30m NA-TL
Scramble down to the cliff edge close to the waterfall to a solid crack system knot block. Slightly awkward to load the rappel.
Pack swim out and across the pool.
Rock scramble / down climb / pack swim to the top of the Lower Garrawalt Falls.
R4 15m NA-TR Lower Garrawalt Falls
Tree to high ledge on River Right. Walk around ledge to R5 knot block just around the corner.
R5 NA-TR 50m
Option 1: Bomber crack knot block.
Option 2: Possible scramble out and around right and up to tree.
Swim across the large pool and to the right of the big protruding block.
R6 60m NA-C
Thread boulder and rappel to top of smaller falls. Then cross the stream and scramble to higher ground.
R7 Last waterfall
Scramble down left side. Zig and zag back and forth to get down this slab. Do not attempt if raining.
Walk our along the overflow then follow the cow the tracks.
Watch for crocs in the lower creek.