Margaret River Waterfalls, Pemberton Waterfalls, Denmark Waterfall and much more
The South West is full of surprises and there is always something to do or to explore. Below is a list of the waterfalls that I have encountered during my adventures in the South West.
Waterfalls of the South West Region of WA
Quinniup Falls is located on the Cape to Cape Track in Wilyabrup (just before Margaret River) and there are two options to get there. You can access the trail via the Moses Rock car park or a sandy track located at the end of Quinniup Road (4WD only). The walk is very nice and you might be lucky to spot kangaroos along the way. If you are walking from the Moses Rock car park, the waterfall is located on the right track after you have walked over the sand dunes. Overall, it took us about 30 min to reach the waterfall. We stayed there for quite sometime before heading back and driving to the Margaret River Chocolate Factory for breakfast.
Margaret River Waterfalls also known as Yalgardup Falls, Woodyche Falls or Kevill Road Falls
Watch out for the kangaroos if you are heading to the falls early morning or late afternoon as the kangaroos are everywhere on Kevill Road! This beautiful spot is my favourite in Margaret River. Capturing the light has always been challenging so I keep going back every winter. The first time I heard from those falls was by looking at a map book from Quality Publishing Australia which calls the falls “Woodyche”. However, those falls have many names.
The Margaret River is 60 kms in length and finishes its course at the Margaret Rivermouth, where the river meets the ocean. Margaret River is presumed to be named after Margaret Wyche, who was the cousin of John Garrett Bussell. Could it be linked to one of the many names of this waterfall?
Anyway, along the Margaret River there is the main waterfall, accessible from a very short walk from the road and if you head west, you will encounter a smaller one (more cascades than a waterfall).
This little one has always been my favourite. It’s always a surprise every winter as the flow of water can become quite powerful and brings many branches, twigs and other things close to the banks, so the compositions are never quite the same.
Don’t expect much water flowing at Meekadarabee Falls but the walk and the whole atmosphere of this special place is fantastic! I recommend doing the walk before sunset. The birds are singing and there is something in the air that I can’t quite describe but it makes you feel all peaceful.
This walk is an easy two kilometres that begins at the historic Ellensbrook Homestead. Known to Aboriginal people as ‘the bathing place of the moon’, Meekadarabee Falls has a fascinating legend about the moss-covered waterfall and the small cave behind it. The legend can be read shortly after the start of the trail once you reach the cave.
Beedulup Falls is located in the majestic karri forest of the Greater Beedalup National Park. There is also nice loop walk taking you to the Karri Valley Resort which is positioned right next to the edge of the Beedelup Lake. An amazing sight in the morning when the mist is present. Please note all parks in Pemberton and surrounding Pemberton are accessible via a small entrance fee or you can purchase a pass at the visitor centre.
The Cascades in Pemberton
The Cascades in Pemberton is by far my favourite place. It is such a peaceful spot, especially in winter and the Lefroy Brook walk around the Cascades is wonderful. The Cascades is part of the Pemberton Tramway journey via the magnificent karri forest. I would definitely recommend taking the tramway if you would like to learn more about Pemberton.
If you like walking, it is also possible to walk the six kilometres from the Cascades to the Gloucester Tree or other way round via the Bibbulmun Track. And if you have not been to the Warren National Park yet, I would recommend making your way from the Cascades to the Heart Break Trail, which is just further down on the Pemberton-Northcliffe road.
Lane Pool Falls
Lane Pool Falls is another lovely place located in the Boorara Gardner National Park, 17 kms South-East from Northcliffe and accessible via dirt roads (2WD’s are ok). I felt so remote while on my way there. In the area we also found the Shannon Campground which was being upgraded. It was incredible to see how big it would be, lost in the wildness of the South West! There are now about 60 campsites to choose from.
Lane Pool Falls is accessible via a 5 kms return walk trail. At the start of the trail, you can observe the Boorara Tree, one of the last fire lookouts to be built in the 1950’s. The cabin and lower climbing pegs have been removed for safety reasons but you can explore a replica cabin on the ground near the tree.
Lane Pool Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the area and is best seen in winter, when the Canterbury River cascades 12 metres over the polished granite rocks. The descent of the walk trail to the waterfall can be quite steep during the last few metres but it is well worth it! Sadly, in 2015, a bushfire caused a fair amount of significant damage to the national park as well as the town of Northcliffe. You can read more about it on your way to the falls.
The first thing I think of when I remember Fernook Falls is the brown water! Why brown water would you think? Well according to the Parks and Wildlife website, the froth and bubbles seen at Fernhook Falls when it’s in high flow are a result of saponin in the water. Saponin comes from plants as they break down in the river. As the water tumbles over the rocks, it churns up the saponin, forming froth and bubbles which pile up in spaces between the rocks and float serenely on the surface of Rowell’s Pool.
In 2017, we visited Fernook Falls on our way back to Perth after a stay in Walpole. The road is not bad but there are a few pot holes to look for if you have a 2WD. Due to the strong flow of water, I found it difficult to find a good spot and the sun rays kept popping out a few times through the thick clouds. So I chose to concentrate on a small portion of the fall instead.
Waterfall Beach in Denmark
You might have heard of Elephant Rock but what about Waterfall Beach? Well, if you continue left after visiting Green Pool, Elephant Rock and Elephant Cove, you will find Waterfall Beach! And what is so special about it? Well, the water pours out over weathered rocks, down across the beach and out onto Madfish Bay. I am always fascinated by the colour of the black sand which leaves stripes on the beach.
Ironstone Gully Waterfall
Ironstone Gully Waterfall is located 17kms south east of Capel on Goodwood Rd. It’s also a popular place in springs due to its abundance of wildflowers. I have not been able to get a decent photo at this beautiful spot yet but I have planned to get back there this year and try again!
After many online researches, I have found out that there are quite a few waterfalls in Nannup such as Beyonderup Falls and the Quongup Falls. However, I have not been able to get more information via the visitor centre as apparently they do not encourage people to visit the falls. I hope maybe one waterfall can make it in this Guide to the Waterfalls of the South West Region of WA!
Did you like this guide to the Waterfalls of the South West Region of WA? Then have a look at my other blog article focused on the main waterfalls located in Perth and surroundings! Click here to read my Perth Waterfalls Guide.