It’s a long way down – actually you’ll never find a longer sheer drop from a waterfall in the rest of Australia. Like all biggest and best in Australia, the fine print is important. Wallaman Falls just west of Ingham in Queensland represent the largest single drop waterfall in Australia at around 305m. So, in terms of impressive waterfalls, this is Australia’s granddaddy.
“THIS IS ONE WATERFALL THAT’S WELL WORTH THE DETOUR FROM THE MAIN ROAD.” – Richard I’Anson
There are very well situated platforms for waterfall watching but to get right into the spirit of things, take the 45min walking track down to the base of the falls; just expect to get a little wet. And, for the adventurous, brave a swim in the chilly swimming hole. The waterfall is best from about December to March but actually flows year-round. And make sure while you walk to look up – the area is home to the very shy and threatened Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo, a tiny little thing that spends its days in very koala-like fashion, sleeping in the trees.
WHERE // 51km southwest of Ingham, 35km of which is unsealed road. It’s well signposted and most conventional cars can make the journey. Cassowaries are not unknown on the road so be careful.
DID YOU KNOW? // While there are 12 species of Tree Kangaroo, only two are found in Australia: the Lumholtz and Bennett’s. The remaining ten are indigenous to New Guinea.