The Hidden Waterfall Near Jervis Bay: Granite Falls
Did you know there’s a hidden waterfall in Morton National Park near Jervis Bay called Granite Falls? If you’re looking for things to do in Jervis Bay or simply a family friendly walking track in nature, Granite Falls walking track could be the place for you to visit. I’m going to share all the details after I personally visited this waterfall in Shoalhaven recently.
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Where is Granite Falls?
Located a 45 minute drive from the centre of Jervis Bay in Huskisson, Granite Falls walking track is based in Morton National Park in Twelve Mile Peg. It’s a great stop off if you’re on a South Coast Road Trip or heading to Mollymook for a weekend from Sydney.
Be careful when trying to find the turn off for Granite Falls off the Princes Highway, we actually missed it a couple of times and kept driving up and down the highway! This is because the turn off is onto an unsealed small road called Twelve Mile Road. Honestly, blink and you’ll miss it like we did.
Do you need a 4×4 to get to Granite Falls?
As the road is unsealed, it’s best to drive in a 4×4 but a 2wd could make it if it’s not raining. Just be super careful as you won’t see many other cars or people around as this NSW waterfall isn’t that well known about yet at the time of writing. You’ll then come to the end of the road which is where the Granite Falls carpark is located.
Granite Falls walking track
The Granite Falls walking track offers a quick family friendly walk. The easy to follow flat path took us just 10 minutes to walk to. We were a bit unsure how long it would take us and so we laced up our hiking boots ready for the trek. Turns out it’s a super easy path and hiking boots aren’t needed.
The path takes you through a dense green valley of eucalypt dominated bushland. If you go in Spring, you’ll see blooming wildflowers including boronias on this walking track too.
Granite Falls lookout
When you reach the end of the Granite Falls walking track, you’ll come to the Granite Falls lookout which is home to an unusual granite rock face. The fenced viewing platform overhangs over the valley which did make me slightly nervous due to my fear of heights. In fact, I didn’t actually spend that much time by on the viewing platform and ended up back up the steps because I was getting a little vertigo!
Even though the lookout overhangs a dense green valley, the scenic views are impressive which will make you feel like you’ve found a hidden gem. You could easily stop and have an informal picnic while overlooking the falls while you’re here.
Is there any water flowing at Granite Falls?
In my experience, there was just a trickle of water flowing down the 60m+ falls which you might be wondering whether it’s worth visiting. I did too. To be honest, if it has been raining, definitely go and check out the Granite Falls walking track in Morton National Park if you have a 4×4 car. The unusual granite rock face, bloodwood and turpentine trees, and fenced viewing platform (which is kinda scary) is worth popping along to, to break up your journey down the coast.