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Scale the Ingalalla Falls

Hay Flat, South Australia


Added by LJ Nielsen

With an exciting rock scramble leading to secluded waterfalls and isolated caves, Ingalalla Falls is the perfect place to stop over on the way to the iconic Deep Creek Conservation Park.

Sitting roughly nine kilometres south of Normanville, the Ingalalla Falls are one of the jewels in the Fleurieu Peninsula’s storied crown. Although providing a perfect place to relax and soak in the ambience (especially early morning), it would be hard to resist the opportunity to climb to the top of these cascades and add a birds-eye view of the falls to the day’s achievements.

No matter if going by foot, bike or car, getting to Ingalalla is something of an event in itself. As you venture towards the falls, you will undoubtedly be taken aback by the spectacular rolling hills and forests that dominate the landscape. As you see the hills covered in pine trees, you’ll know you’re in the right place.

From the carpark it is only a short walk to the first falls. Standing at about 10 metres, the falls drop sharply into a plunge pool that is encircled by large boulders, which double as natural furniture. From here the journey to the Second Falls is your choice - on the left, a simple scramble via a natural rock staircase, or on the right, a super-steep incline up a muddy track, resembling a natural (un)happy-slide.

At the top of the First Falls, the ten-metre-high Second Falls will appear as if from nowhere, with water again plummeting into a large plunge pool. The Second Falls are far more secluded, protected on three sides by a green hillside, with the plunge pool offering the chance to de-robe and cool off. To reach the top of the second falls, there is a rock scramble beside the right-side of the falls which ends in a spectacular view of both falls and the forest surrounds. After descending, there are various trails around the forest to explore, offering an array of local flora and fauna.

Although best viewed after rainfall, the falls do run year-round and are a draw card for locals and tourists alike. Access is via Hay Flat Rd, which runs south from Normanville. To maximise your experience of the Fleurieu Peninsula, consider linking a visit to the falls with an expedition to the Deep Creek Conservation Park, a hive of scenic hikes, picturesque campgrounds and other outdoor pursuits. Deep Creek is situated 15.4km south-west of Ingalalla- take Hay Flat road south to Range Road, turn right and follow the signs to the conservation park. Entry is free, but the falls are closed on total fire ban days.

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