Nethercote Falls

Walk in: 600m. Steep. Stairs. Unfenced cliff lines

Popularity: Semi,

Jumps: Big but dangerous

Drive: Dirt


At Nethercote falls the Yowaka River tumbles through a picturesque gorge and into a dark pool that’s approximately 40m long and 10 wide.

It comes equipt with a couple of picnic tables and a reasonable walking trail. There are lots of options to go big with jumps but be warned shifting sand banks and hidden rock ledges abound so double check landing zones very carefully.

It has been the site of numourous incidents and was closed in 2015 by Forestry over safety concerns. A community petition went in to get it reopenned but I can’t find any details on whether that happened. It certainly looked well kept and sign posted as of January 2017.

The last section of road is definately closed leaving a slightly longer walk down the steep dirt road prior to reaching the steps

Being use to Blue Mountains sandstone I also found the rock a lot slipperyer than I had expected, especially when wet. Again care is needed.


Getting there: Nethercote Falls is located in the Nullica State Forest  inbetween Pambula and Eden.

From the Princes Hwy immediately south of Pambula Take the Mount Darragh for about 5 km then onto Back Creek Rd for another 5 km. Turn east into Pipeclay Rd and after about 400m take the slight right into the Nethercote Falls Link Rd. Link road is narrow and unfortunately does see the occasional hoon so drive carefully and keep and eye  out for on coming traffic.

This will bring you to the upper car park. Park here and walk past the locked gate down to the right. Follow this down to the former lower car park and then down the stairs to the Yowaka River.

Cross the stream and follow the trail over the next hill to the water hole.