Discover Somersby Falls in Brisbane Water National Park

A visit to Somersby Falls in Brisbane Water National Park is a great day trip from Sydney, with beautiful scenery and excellent picnic facilities.

A short walking trail along Floods Creek from the picnic area leads to the base of Somersby Falls, with a series of small but pretty waterfalls to explore.

Somersby Falls Walking Track
Distance: 500 m (return)
Duration: 30 minutes (depending on stops)
Grade: Easy (some steep sections)
Dogs: Not allowed

How to Get There

Somersby Falls and the picnic area are located within Brisbane Water National Park and are very easy to drive to.

To get there, turn into Wisemans Ferry Road from the M1 Pacific Motorway. At the first roundabout, turn left into Somersby Falls Road.

Keep driving on this road until you reach the car park at the picnic area at the end (see map location).

Carpark for Somersby Falls
Carpark entrance

An $8 parking fee applies per vehicle for the whole day, which you can pay at one of the ticket machines at the carpark. Opening hours of the picnic area are from 8 am to 8 pm during daylight savings, and otherwise from 8 am to 5 pm during the rest of the year.

Before you head out to the Somersby Falls picnic area, we recommend checking the NSW National Parks website to see if there are any park closures or weather warnings.

Map of Somersby Falls and picnic area

Somersby Falls Walking Track

The 500-metre return walk through lush rainforest scenery offers views of the top, middle, and bottom falls, with several lookout points to enjoy along the way.

There are three parts to Somersby Falls:

  1. Upper Falls
  2. Middle Falls
  3. Bottom Falls

The start of this walking track is next to the picnic area, and goes all the way down to the bottom of Somersby Falls.

Start of the Somersby Falls walking track
Start of the Somersby Falls walking track

Start the walking trail at the information board and follow the path until it arrives at the first intersection.

Upper Somersby Falls
Upper Falls

Turn right to pay a quick visit at the first lookout on the walking track, which offers scenic views of the top of Somersby Falls.

Walking track to Somersby Falls
Walking track to Somersby Falls

Back on the main trail, after a few minutes, you can turn left to have a look at a small waterfall on a tributary of Floods Creek.

This small waterfall is certainly not as impressive as the main Somersby Falls waterfalls, but it is still worth checking out while you’re there.

Middle Somersby Falls
Middle Falls

Keep following the main track and make your way to the next stop, the middle part of Somersby Falls (middle falls). It’s possible to get very close to the waterfall, and the surrounding scenery is absolutely stunning.

There is a large, flat, sandy area in front of the waterfall, where you can wander around and enjoy the fantastic views.

Bottom of Somersby Falls
Base of Somersby Falls

The rest of the trail brings visitors down to the bottom of Somersby Falls. Be careful, though, because there are some steep parts and various sets of stairs to conquer here.

Once you see the “No track beyond this point” sign, you’ve made it to the very end of the walking track.

Have a look around and enjoy the beauty of this area. The return trip back up to the picnic area is a bit harder, so by all means, take your time.

Bottom Somersby Falls
Bottom Falls

The Somersby Falls walking track is a great walk at any time of year, but the waterfalls are at their best after a few days of rain. It’s also a nice spot for a little dip if the weather is warm.

Although it’s an easy walk, we recommend wearing hiking shoes, as the track is a bit steep and quite slippery sometimes.

Keen to discover more waterfalls? Read our guide to the prettiest waterfalls in and around Sydney for ideas and inspiration.
 

Somersby Falls in Brisbane Water National Park

 

Published: February 28, 2021
Updated: June 4, 2024

Author:

AJ Mens

AJ Mens is a digital publisher based in Sydney, Australia, and the editor-in-chief of Sydney Uncovered and Blue Mountains Uncovered.

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