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New South Wales
Bargo Canyon, Hill Top #PQW_Bar
Belmore Falls, Morton NP #PQW_Bel1
Carrington Falls, Budderoo NP #PQW_Car1
Cave Creek Canyon, Hill Top #PQW_Cav
Demeter Falls, the Burragorang #PQW_Dem1
Empress Falls, Blue Mountains NP #PQW_Emp1
Fairy Bower Falls, Morton NP #PQW_Fa11
Fairy Falls, Blue Mountains NP #PQW_Fa21
Federal Falls, Canobolas SCA #PQW_Fed1
Federal Falls , Royal National Park #PQW_Fe11
Fitzroy Falls, Morton NP #PQW_Fit1
Flat Rock Falls, Blue Mountains NP #PQW_Fla
Frederica Falls, Blue Mountains NP #PQW_Fre1
Gordon Fall, Blue Mountains NP #PQW_Gor1
Govetts Leap, Blue Mountains NP #PQW_Gov1
Granite Falls, Morton NP #PQW_Gra1
Horseshoe Falls, Blue Mountains NP #PQW_Hor1
Jenolan River Cascades, Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve, #PQW_Jen1
Jerrara Falls, Bungonia NP #PQW_Jer1
Kalang Falls, Kanangra-Boyd NP #PQW_Kal1
Katoomba Falls, Blue Mountains NP #PQW_Kat1
Koorawatha Falls, Koorawatha Park #PQW_Koo1
Leura Cascades, Blue Mountains NP #PQW_Leu1
Lodore Falls, Blue Mountains NP #PQW_Lod1
Majors Creek Falls, Majors Creek State Conservation Area, #PQW_Maj1
Macquarie Rivulett, Macquarie Pass NP #PQW_Maq1
Minnehaha Falls, Blue Mountains NP #PQW_Mi11
Minyon Falls, Nightcap NP #PQW_Min1
Molonglo Gorge Cascades, Canberra #PQW_Mol1
Paddys River Falls, Tumbarumba #PQW_Pa11
St Michaels Falls, Blue Mountains NP #PQW_StM1
Sylvia Falls, Blue Mountains NP #PQW_Syl1
Tianjara Falls, Morton National Park #PQW_Tia1
Tuross Falls, Wadbilliga NP #PQW_Tur1
Twin Falls, Morton National Park #PQW_Twi1
Wadbilliga Cascades, Wadbilliga NP #PQW_Wad1
Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains NP #PQW_Wen1
Yandyguinula Cascades, Molonglo High Plains #PQW_Yan1

Australian Capital Territory
Gibraltar Falls, Namadgi NP #PQW_Gib1
Kangaroo Creek Falls, Namadgi NP #PQW_Kan1
Molonglo Gorge Cascades, Canberra #PQW_Mol1
Mountain Creek Cascades, Tidbinbilla #PQW_Mou1
Paddys River Cascades, Tidbinbilla #PQW_Pa21
Uriarra Cascades, Canberra #PQW_Ura1

Basin Creek Falls, Snowy River #PQW_Pas1
Beehive Creek Falls, Coopracambra NP #PQW_Bee1
Erskine Falls, Great Ocean Road #PQW_Ers1
Raymond Creek Falls, Snowy River #PQW_Ray1

Little Crystal Creek Cascades, Paluma #PQW_Lit1

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Flat Rock Falls Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountain NP

Deep down in the Valley of the Waters, along the Wentworth Pass loop trail (when the paths down the escarpment abandon the last vestiges of civilization), the waterfalls take new wild forms. Here the falls cascade down layers of rust colored flat rocks.

Multiple long exposure shots treated as HDR elements and combined into a panorama.


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Granite Falls Morton NP

High in the mountains, near an old tin mine, the Granite Falls are a marked change from the old sandstone falls nearby (like Tianjarra - note that the high pass between Tianjarra and Granite remains closed with a collapsed bridge). Mud flows on the cliff edge are a guide to the rapid ebb and flow of this fall - which in heavy rain engulfs the entire cliff face. Taken while wandering through the Morton National Park a couple of weeks ago after a couple of heavy downpours - yet only a trickle persists, and the plunge pool is dry (* i wondered whether the image shows a lot of water flowing fast just past the plunge pool - maybe water is forcing an underground passage here - but this is probably a bleached tree rather than water).
A single landscape shot, toned for structure and output sharpened. The structure on the far left upper middle is interesting - perhaps an arched chute.

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Paddys River Falls, Tumbarumba, Southern Highlands

Those of you who have followed this Collection of Australian waterfalls for a while will know that I am using the Collection to provide inspiration and imagery for a collaboration with the American artist +CR Bravo. This week, we finished writing and publishing a graphic novel Twilight of the Gods incorporating some of the images from this Collection. This image of the God Poseidon incorporates part of the Paddys River Falls.

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Amphitheater, Molonglo Gorge

After very heavy local rain, i ventured into the Molonglo Gorge a couple of hours ago, only to find that the muddy river had submerged the river path. Fortunately it is possible to climb to the top of the gorge and rejoin the track about 1km along via a steep shale path (which last night might have been a waterfall itself).
At this point, the river does two 100+ degree turns, creating the curved walls of the amphitheater, which in calmer times has a couple of nice swimming holes (it would be silly to try swimming with this force of water).
Water enters the scene with great force, where a pinch in the Gorge has created a long narrow sluice. The height of the water at the start of the sluice can be gauged from the overflow waterfall a little further along.

A panorama of fast shots, toned lightly for structure, white balanced and output sharpened.

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Mumbulla Cascades - Biamanga National Park

Looking downstream from the bottom of the main plunge pool. The creek continues to cascade down the gorge threading a number of pools together.

A panorama taken on the fly, toned for structure.

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Mumbulla Falls - Biamanga National Park

In the distance, the waterfall set in soft pink granite. It cascades past this point through a series of sacred still pools.

HDR hand held composition. The rock wall at the waterfall pool has a soft pink glow - but, assuming that the stones in this downstream pool have a similar source, and allowing for a slight tannin coloration of the water, the stones have a range of interesting hues when wet. Dehazed 10%

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News of the death of a father and serious injuries to two work mates in a rock fall on the National Trail at the Blue Mountains yesterday (the National Trail is one of the cliff trails near Wentworth Falls).
The father was an experienced rock climber. The team was working on a part of the track that had been closed due to earlier rock falls.
Those who go before us, identifying danger and making travel safer, are never far from my mind. Today is a sad day.

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Bones of the Earth, Myamba Gorge

Myamba Gorge near the locality of Cathcart is a massive southern gorge connecting the ocean with the Alps. Along the blue granite bed of an ancient river that perhaps once flowed the other way back towards the Alps, Myamba Creek now cuts a steep path of multiple zig-zags through the Bones of the Earth to the Towamba River and the ocean. Like all who are young, it dallies along the way, sculpting strange shapes as it goes.
An old miner once called this feature near the top of the gorge the Fafnir Vatnfall, after the old northern dwarf prince who through greed turned into a dragon guarding a cursed gold horde ( a fickle gold field was once found near here). Certainly, there are plenty of local dragons here. Large (5+') monitor lizards still patrol the gorge.
If you look too long you might see other things in the water sculptured granite: a koala, a heart, a kangaroo, a slippery dip or a fleck of gold dust.

A HDR in hazy sunlight. Toned for structure and sharpened for screen output.

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Nalbaugh Falls, Bundian Way

The zephyr (sweet west wind) cooled the warming day. Hundreds of birds took to the air to catch the rise of insects that sought out the humidity. But the zephyr also heralds thunderstorms; insects and birds can find themselves blown far by the chaos that was to come.

The falls cascade down the granite slope through a series of pools. After a thunderstorm, this (and the forestry tracks that join it) can become raging torrents. These falls are seldom visited: many set out looking for them, but few find them in the maze of forestry tracks in the area (for this reason they are sometimes called the Secret Falls). I will put up a map of this, and some of the other lost falls on my blog later this year (
The high eastern escarpment is an impenetrable barrier between the Australian coast and inland. This is one of the few exceptions, although the gentle fall is much steeper than it looks. Still, if this seems a little like a pathway, you are right. These falls are located on the White Rock River (Nalbaugh being the ancient Yuin language group word for White Rock). This is part of the Yuin Trace, here the 365km Bundian Way, the Yuin path from the east coast to the Australian Alps. It is one of the oldest recognizable world 'highways', being in continuous use for more than 30,000+ years (periods of glaciation, perhaps, excepted). We know the history of the Bundian Way from Robinson's account of the travel of Al mil gong in 1844 and reports of the surveyor Clarke in 1852.

This is an HDR taken under threat of a thunderstorm. In the far distance on the original shots, i could count scores of birds in the air (which can translate poorly in HDR processing). There was a mist of insects high in the sky, and the thunder clouds gathering. I toned the HDR for structure, adjusted the white balance, demisted 10% and sharpened for screen output.

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Rockton Falls Meeting of the Rivers, the Monaro

This is a lonely place.
Yesterday i drove down an unmarked road, with lightning from an afternoon thunderstorm crashing around, hugging the side of a deep gorge, through a dark forest. The entrance to this place could not be more foreboding.
The Genoa River once marked the border between the colonies of New South Wales and Victoria. It rises in the mountains nearby and flows into the sea at the Victorian coastal resort of Malacoota. There, in the tidal stretches, the river is a couple of hundred meters across.
Water was once diverted from the top of the fall to a waterwheel to cut logs and mill grain for the small Irish community. In the old days, girls from the coast would spend a full day riding up the Yuin Trace from the coast to attend a local dance.
The pool is deep and pleasant to swim in. Those who lived here once had a couple of deep granite pools nearby to choose from.

A single shot shot into the afternoon sun, toned for structure, rebalanced saturation to restore the white balance, sharpened for screen output.
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