Macquarie Rivulet & Cascades Tracks, Macquarie Pass National Park NSW

Two short walks through rainforest in Macquarie Pass National Park. You visit a small waterfall and walk up a scenic creek to a swimmable pool.

Macquarie Rivulet & Cascades Walks, Macquarie Pass NP

Two short walks starting at roughly the same place in Macquarie Pass National Park, on the escarpment inland from Kiama on the NSW South Coast. Both walks are through rainforest or similar vegetation. Macquarie Rivulet is reasonably scenic, and there is a swimmable pool up stream. Cascade Falls are a small but scenic waterfall accessed on a track starting on the other side of the Illawarra Highway. The water features on these walks are nice enough, but the rainforest vegetation is probably the highlight. 

Track Notes

The Macquarie Rivulet Track is described on Beyond Tracks, and the Cascades Walk on the NPWS website. Both start next to the Illawarra Highway just before you climb up the escarpment (which is a nice drive by the way). We had track notes describing a loop from Macquarie Rivulet, but couldn’t work that out and just returned the way we came when the creek became unnavigable. The Cascades Walk is really straightforward.

The Scenery

As with the walk we did the next day (to Gerringong Falls), my photography did not deal very well with the glary overcast conditions…

Macquarie Rivulet & Cascades Walks, Macquarie Pass NP
These roots were massive. Shame about the graffiti.
Macquarie Rivulet & Cascades Walks, Macquarie Pass NP
Macquarie Rivulet
Macquarie Rivulet & Cascades Walks, Macquarie Pass NP
People swimming in one of the pools in Macquarie Rivulet. I don’t think we went much further up the river.
Macquarie Rivulet & Cascades Walks, Macquarie Pass NP
Looking back down Macquarie Rivulet.
Macquarie Rivulet & Cascades Walks, Macquarie Pass NP
Rainforest plants (and glare).
Macquarie Rivulet & Cascades Walks, Macquarie Pass NP
A humongous vine thingamabob.
Macquarie Rivulet & Cascades Walks, Macquarie Pass NP
Cascade Falls

 

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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