Belmore falls

Off the Beaten Path: Hiking to the Base of Belmore Falls (2024)

As part of a meetup group, I decided to do a photography event. The event was to go around to various places in the south coast of New South Wales (NSW) and click some amazing pictures of the landscapes. During this event, we went on a hike to the bottom of the Belmore falls. In this post, you will find the information on the hike to the bottom of Belmore falls.

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Where is Belmore falls?

Located in the Southern Highlands region of New South Wales (NSW), Belmore falls is within the Morton National Park. Known for its rainforests and wildlife, the national park also has some stunning waterfalls, including the Belmore falls.

At a height of approximately 100 metres, the Belmore falls is one of the taller waterfalls in the region. The closest town near Belmore falls is Robertson.

View from the bottom - Belmore Falls

How to get to Hindmarsh lookout?

By Road

Starting point of the hike is at Hindmarsh lookout and that is accessible only by car. The distance between Sydney Central Business District (CBD) and Hindmarsh lookout is about 150 kilometres and it takes just about 2 hours to drive from Sydney.

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  • There are toll roads.
  • There are plenty of parking spots available.

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By Public Transport

  • Trains – The nearest train station is Unanderra. There are frequent trains are available between Sydney Central train station and Unanderra.
  • Buses – The nearest bus stop is Mittagong. There are buses are available between Sydney Central and Mittagong.
  • Both Unanderra and Mittagong are about 30 minutes car ride away from Belmore Falls. As I mentioned earlier, Hindmarsh lookout (starting point) accessible only by car.
  • More information on public transport can be found at NSW Transport website.
Belmore Falls

Hike to the bottom of Belmore Falls

The track is a fenced off trail, which means that to start the unmarked trail, we had to jump off the fence. The descend to the falls is through the fallen trees and the slippery rocks.

Note that few of the sections of the hike are confusing and its easy to go off the trail. The hike provides a spectacular view of the Kangaroo valley and starts off at the Hindmarsh lookout.

A very good camping spot in Kangaroo Valley is the Cedarvale camping ground.

Belmore Falls Sign
Belmore Falls Sign

Logistics of the hike

  • Starting and finishing point: Hindmarsh lookout.
  • Distance: 5 kilometers return.
  • Grade: Hard (unmarked path).
  • Time taken: Approx. 2 hours.
  • There are plenty of free parking car spaces available.

The better hiking track is the Belmore Falls walking track that has a well-maintained walking trail.

Belmore Falls - View from the bottom

Safety for Solo Female Hikers

As this is an unmarked path and in a remote place, I would not suggest doing this hike alone. It is not safe for solo female hikers. Also, as Hiking and Trekking 101, it is always advisable to go with a hiking buddy just for any unforeseen situations.

Starting the hike for Belmore Falls

Closing Notes

The waterfalls is definitely worth visiting. Even though the hike to the bottom of the waterfalls is a bit hard, it was totally worth it. I would suggest visiting this waterfalls and also extend the trip to visit the Fitzroy waterfalls.

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