Monday, July 6, 2009


WALLAMAN FALLS

Wallaman Falls is situated 150km north of Townsville. Wallaman Falls is Australia's largest single drop waterfall at 268 metres. With the addition of additional related minor drops the overall height of the falls is approximately 540 metres. The pool at the end of the waterfall is 20 metres deep.

The waterfall is formed by a tributary of the Herbert River, Stony Creek, which plunges over an escarpment in the Sea view Range. The geological history of the formation may be traced back some 50 million years, when the uplift of the continental margin in this region resulted in the ancestral Herbert River to change its course from westwards to eastwards. As a result it began to cut through the raised igneous substrata en-route to its outflow in the Coral Sea. The gorge produced by this erosive action gradually retreated inland along the Herbert River's course, and in the process eventually causing tributaries such as Stony Creek to be suspended, forming the waterfall.

The drive to Wallaman was very scenic and steep.I went there with my husband about five months before and we enjoyed the charismatic beauty of the falls as it was rainy season. The drive to Wallaman Falls was an adventure in itself. We ran into a huge heard of cows that were taking up the road. They were all just laying in the middle of the road, and had no desire to move. Eventually after a lot of honking they got out of the way. These were the ugliest cows I have ever seen. They had big saggy necks and smelt really bad. The road up to the waterfall was really rough. It was a very twisty road with lots of sharp turns. Halfway up the road we ran into another animal. We came out of the car to take pictures by the road sign warning drivers to look out for Cassowary, when sure enough in the middle of the road, there was Cassowary. I was saying to my husband a moment before and it was great excitement to see Cassowary which made our day.

By the time we actually got to the top of the falls some clouds had rolled in and it looked like it was about to rain. Sure enough, plenty of clouds were already gathered at the mouth of the waterfall and we couldn't see anything. I walked up to the look out and all I could see was white, but we could hear the roar of the water. We waited for a few minutes and the fog started to part, but only for a few minutes. Fortunately we were able to see the falls. The drop was about 1000 feet, but we could only see about half of the drop. After we all got some decent pictures the clouds and fog moved in again.


Wallaman Falls National Park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, boasting the highest, permanent, single-drop waterfall in Australia.Open forest dominates the ridge tops. Rainforest lines the gullies and creeks. The area is home to endangered cassowaries and musky rat-kangaroos. We strolled 800 metres along the banks of Stony Creek on the Banggurru walk and it was good to learn about the rainforest. It was fantastic to look for platypus in the creek below the falls. To enjoy a closer look at the falls, we took the 3.2 kilometre walk into the gorge. Experienced bushwalkers choose from one of three overnight hikes that are part of the Wet Tropics which is absolutely great walk.



It was a lovely experience. We had wonderful time at Wallaman Falls and thinking of visiting again during holidays.

















18 comments:

yuva said...

Very good pictorial discription. keep it up. Your presence in picture makes the post live.

Prem Farrukhabadi said...

post has become more beautiful along with your appearance.very nice!!!!

ZiLliOnBiG said...

wow, lovely pictures and description. Thanks for sharing this. My general knowledge is improving thanks to you.:)

Nazish Rahman said...

Thats really beautiful...u must have really enjoyed a lot!!

Nona said...

Nice pictures! This place is definitely worth a visit.

The cows en route gave a rural India touch. :)

M VERMA said...

very informative pictorial. Ur articles are so valuable. Pictures are also very nice.

महामंत्री - तस्लीम said...

अरे वाह, अब तो इसे देखने जाना ही पडेगा।
-Zakir Ali ‘Rajnish’
{ Secretary-TSALIIM & SBAI }

nituscorner said...

some of the falls reminds me of the ones we see here in shillong....lovely pictures and u are looking gorgeous.

Anya said...

Beautiful blogsite,
lovely shots :)
Lovely post !!

greetings from The netherlands
Kareltje =^.^=
Anya :)

Sujata said...

Very nice post...good pictures.

I stumbled on to your blog by chance and I am glad I did.

Very well written posts!

Jeevan said...

I enjoyed reading about your experience along with the stunning pictures :) I came to know this falls in some blog, but not in detail like yours. moving into forest is great like nothing.

sherin said...

good post..beautiful pics

Jarlin said...

Great post and wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing.

shilpa said...

very well written nice post

exposemaximum said...

OMG ! What a waterfall !

Pradip Biswas said...

When a poet visits a place He/She carries back the best possible gift for others. Your visit to tthis place is just like that.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Really breathtaking. Wonderfully photographed!

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