Waterfall, one of the most southerly localities in the Sydney region, is 38 km south of the Sydney central business district. Waterfall is bordered to the north by the suburb of Heathcote and Engadine is further north. It is bounded by The Royal National Park to the east, and Heathcote National Park to the west. Helensburgh is the next town, travelling south. Waterfall marks the southern border of the Sutherland Shire. It is approximately 200 metres above sea level.
Transport: Waterfall is the last suburb heading south on the Princes Highway before it leads into the Southern Freeway (also known as the F6 freeway) to the city of Wollongong. Waterfall railway station is the terminus for the CityRail suburban Illawarra line. However some trains do terminate one stop further on at Helensburgh. Waterfall is also a stop on the south coast railway. Platform 1 to Sydney terminal, platform 2 to Port Kembla, Dapto and Kiama.
Waterfall has only six streets. Its local school has only two rooms. The bushland gives the small suburb a natural surrounding and walking tracks lead from it into the neighbouring national parks. To the west is a dammed lake and behind it is Mount Westmacott.
Waterfall was a town created by rail workers, who built the line from Sydney to Wollongong in the late 19th century. Waterfall is the highest point on the line, with a steep rising gradient one end, and a falling gradient the other ends, and sidings were provided in both directions to allow freight wagons to be stowed and shunted. Waterfall derived its name from the waterfalls close to the railway station. McKell Avenue, the southern border of the Royal National Park, was originally called Waterfall Road.
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Once known as Heathcote Primitive Park, as it was a wild place close to Sydney. You can see the beauty and diversity of the Australian bush in this rocky park. In spring, Gymea lilies give a scarlet glow to the gullies. Swim in hidden pools along the gorges. Heathcote is a walker's park, and Discovery Rangers guide regular walks (bookings essential (02) 9542 0649.
Among the best features of Heathcote National Park are the waterfalls, pools and swimming holes which lie on both the Woronora River and Heathcote Creek. The at-times unclearly defined track follows Heathcote Creek, passing an Aboriginal rock shelter near a tree from which a bark shield has been clearly cut before reaching Myuna Pools and its three metre high falls. Alternatively, take the Myuna Track alongside Myuna Creek past rapids to a rock amphitheatre and a spectacular waterfall as well as ruins which date back to the Depression. Camping permits are required. National Parks & Wildlife Service South Metropolitan, 02 9542 0648. Location: Heathcote National Park, Heathcote, NSW
Wattamolla Inlet, Royal National Park
Situated on the southern outskirts of Sydney, the Royal National Park is the second oldest National Park in the world. A railway station between Loftus and Bundeena on the suburban Illawarra line provides easy access to the park. Alternatively, a ferry operates from Cronulla near the railway station to Bundeena.
The Visitor Centre is the ideal place for you to begin your explorations of the first gazetted national park in the world. Call in for maps, brochures and information on things to do and see in this special place. Over 150 km of walking tracks give access to the park. Walk the coast for magnificent clifftop views, or experience the diversity of habitats, including heath, rainforests, open woodlands and estuarine systems. Enjoy historic landscapes, picnic in one of the many shady, peaceful areas and stroll to lookouts with spectacular views over the park. Wattamolla, Garie and Burning Palms are among the most beautiful beaches in Australia. Hire a row boat at historic Audley and take a leisurely paddle up Kangaroo Creek. There are kiosks at Garie, Wattamolla and Audley. Bonnie Vale camping ground provides basic facilities (fees apply), though other camping sites are limited, with bookings and permits essential. Learn more about this icon of our national parks on one of the many Discovery Ranger guided walks (bookings essential 02 9542 0649). Park use fees apply.
National Falls, Royal National Park
National Falls: These are the waterfalls that gave the locality of Waterfall its name. National Falls is, in fact, a two-tiered waterfall in which the upper falls drops some 6 metres onto a rocky platform before plunging deep into the valley below via the second falls. A novel feature is the ability to walk into the overhang over which the upper falls cascades, allowing access behind the water as it falls. Located beside The McKell Drive not far from the Waterfall park entry point.
Woronora Dam is the only one of Sydney s major water supply storage dams which is not primarily part of the Upper Nepean/Warragamba/Shoalhaven interconnected system. It has the smallest catchment area, 85 sq km, of any of the water supply dams. The Dam is located on the Woronora River, just downstream of its confluence with the Waratah Rivulet, about 6 km northwest of the township of Waterfall. Woronora Dam was completed in 1942 and is the only one of Sydney s water supply dams which is not part of the Upper Nepean/Warragamba/Shoalhaven interconnected system. The dam and pipeline were built with the objective of supplementing Sydney s water supply whilst the much larger Warragamba Dam was being constructed.
Bottle Creek is a watercourse which flows through the township of Heathcote before falling over the escarpment into a deep valley. The creek then enters Heathcote Creek, which flows north into Woronora River and on into the Georges River. Close to the corner of Willandra Parade and Rosebery Street, Heathcote, the creeks passes over a small upper falls. At the end of Boundary Road it passes over another bigger falls on its way into the valley.
Location: Rosebery Street, Heathcote, NSW