Visit Carrington Falls and Nellies Glen in Budderoo National Park

Last updated: May 15, 2021

Carrington Falls is a beautiful plunge waterfall on the Kangaroo River in Budderoo National Park, located around 150 km south of Sydney.

A short and easy walking track with viewing platforms offers visitors panoramic views of the waterfall and the surrounding valley.

Nearby Nellies Glen on the other side of the river is also well worth visit, with a picnic area and various walking tracks with lookout points to explore.

Carrington Falls Circuit Walk
Distance:600 m (loop)
Duration:30 minutes
Grade:Easy
Dogs:Not allowed

How to Get There

Travelling to Carrington Falls and Nellies Glen is a bit of an adventure in itself, driving on Jamberoo Mountain Road with lots of twists and turns.

If you’re driving in from the Kiama and Shellharbour area, head towards Jamberoo on Jamberoo Road, and turn into Jamberoo Mountain Road. After about 18 km, turn left into Cloonty Road. After a couple of kilometres, turn into Thomas Place Road, which leads to the Carrington Falls picnic area.

Map of Carrington Falls and Nellies Glen

P1: Car park at Carrington Falls picnic area (see map location).
P2: Car park at Nellies Glen picnic area (see map location).

If you’re driving in via Robertson, turn into Jamberoo Mountain Rd at the Robertson Pie Shop and continue for 5 km until the intersection with Cloonty Rd.

The car park at the picnic area is quite small, but under normal circumstances you should be able to score a parking spot. There is no entry fee to the national park when visiting Carrington Falls or Nellies Glen.

The official address of the Carrington Falls picnic area is:
Lookout Track, Carrington Falls, NSW 2577.

About Carrington Falls

Carrington Falls is a stunning waterfall on Kangaroo River, and is widely considered to be one of the must impressive waterfalls in and around Sydney.

The waterfall is located within Budderoo National Park, where the western escarpment of the Budderoo Plateau descends to the Kangaroo Valley.

Carrington Falls

A short and family-friendly walking track starts and ends at the Carrington Falls picnic area. The track loops around the edge of the escarpment, passing several lookouts and viewing platforms.

The views of the waterfall from the main viewing platform, the Falls View Lookout, are absolutely beautiful, with the entire waterfall in view.

Side view of Carrington Falls

It’s possible to explore the top of the waterfall by walking across the river through a series of shallow pools.

On the other side of the river you can find the access point to a walking track that leads to Nellies Glen, but driving there is a little easier.

About Nellies Glen

A visit to Nellies Glen is a must after visiting Carrington Falls, as it’s literally just around the corner.

From the picnic area, drive back to Cloonty Road heading north, and turn left into the Nellies Glen picnic area after crossing Kangaroo River.

Signpost at Nellies Glen

Nellies Glen has been a popular gathering place for locals since the 19th century, and it’s not difficult to see why.

The small waterfall and natural swimming hole, situated in quiet surroundings with ferns and rocks, is the perfect spot for a swim and a picnic. It’s only a short walk away from the car park, and is on a flat but unpaved walking track.

Walking Tracks at Nellies Glen

Once you’ve finished exploring the Nellies Glen waterfall and pool, it’s highly recommended to do at least one of the two walking tracks that start from the picnic area:

  1. Warris Chair and Lookout walking track
  2. Missingham Lookout walking track

Warris Chair Lookout close to Nellies Glen

The 1 km bushwalk to the spectacular lookout at Warris Chair is relatively easy and is suitable for children. The views of the Southern Hihglands and Kangaroo Valley from Warris Chair are quite impressive.

Valley views from Warris Chair

The walking track to Missingham Lookout is with 4 km a bit longer and slightly more challenging, but still very doable.

The panoramic views of Kangaroo Valley and the spectacular Carrington Falls Gorge you get to enjoy make this bush walk very much worth the extra effort.

 

Carrington Falls and Nellies Glen in Budderoo National Park

 
 
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