1. Hamersley Gorge, Karijini NP, WA

    One of the most beautiful hidden falls in the country, with sculpted red rocks providing a window into a tranquil pool.

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    2. Ormiston Gorge, NT

    Beneath the spectacular burnt-orange cliffs is a deep waterhole, perfect for cooling off in the Red Centre’s heat.

    Photo Credit: Paul Balfe/flickr

    3. Wallaman Falls, QLD

    At 268m high, this is the tallest single-drop waterfall in Australia and is at its most spectacular in the wet season.

    Photo Credit: Leon Dafonte Fernandez/flickr

    4. Old Police Station Waterhole, NT

    Covering up to 7ha, this permanent inland waterhole is in the Iytwelepenty/Davenport Range NP.

    Photo Credit: Heath Holden/Australian Geographic

    5. Wentworth Falls, NSW

    This 187m-high, three-tiered waterfall in Blue Mountains National Park is surrounded by spectacular lookouts and has a steep and exciting 100-year-old track that takes you to the bottom.

    Photo Credit: Wikimedia

    6. Ellery Creek Big Hole, NT

    Cutting through the West MacDonnell Ranges, the gorge is perfect for swimming and picnics.

    Photo Credit: Tourism NT

    7. Russell and Horseshoe falls, Mt Field NP, TAS

    Known as two of the prettiest falls in the country, they are surrounded by tree ferns and forest. (Pictured, Horseshoe Falls).

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    Photo Credit: Flying Freddy/Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

    8. Fruit Bat Falls, Jardine River NP, QLD

    A must-see for anyone heading up Cape York Peninsula, this stunning broad cascade has a delightful emerald swimming hole at its base.

    Photo Credit: Jason Clark/flickr

    9. Gunlom, Kakadu NP, NT

    A spectacular seasonal waterfall flows from pluge pools at the top of the Kakadu escarpment to a deep, swimmable pool at the bottom.


    Photo Credit: Justin Walker

    10. Cullyamurra Waterhole, SA

    Part of an ancient trading route that has been used for millennia, this grand, permanent waterhole has rich birdlife, coolabah trees and Aboriginal engravings.

    Photo Credit: Blue Gum Pictures

Top 10 waterholes and waterfalls in Australia

By Australian Geographic | May 23, 2017

Australia is the world’s driest inhabited continent, yet scattered across the country among the spinifex, red dust, the ochre cliffs are hidden freshwater oases that could easily go undiscovered if you didn’t know where to look. Here’s our pick of 10 waterholes and waterfalls around Australia with which to fill up your bucket list.