Heading north to Helensburgh to the Royal National park (Dharawal Nature Reserve) when driving take the Old Princes Highway south from Helensburgh, turn right onto Darkes Forest Road and continue along for 2.5km to Maddens Falls car park. The car park is located on the southern side of the road opposite the Apple Shack Glenburnie Orchard, 259 Darkes Rd. From the car park follow the signs for 750m along the walking track to Maddens Falls. This walk is easy and takes you straight to the waterfall. Walk along the service track, it branches off to the right along a gravel road. Some of the track is raised board walk. The walk is about a 15 min, but we took a few short detours along the way, as the river runs parallel with the track, there are small tracks which lead to river along the way.
The waterfall is beautiful with a viewing platform to take pictures. We again detoured off track to see if we could get a better view of falls but large trees, huge rocks and boulders seem to get in the way of the waterfall. There are lots of small ponds above falls with frogs, lots of bird life, beautiful native flowers and plants are everywhere along the track. This is a really easy walk. The sign at the car park also suggests other longer walks within the Dharawal Nature Reserve. Also popular for mountain bikes. This area was so quiet and going mid week we didn’t see anyone at all which was really nice for a change.
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