Delving into the South West of WA…
You come across gushing waterfalls, divine wineries and quirky cafes. Throw away the makeup, the hair products and expensive accessories. You won’t be needing them…
These gorgeous, low-formed falls can be found down a windy road in Margaret River. Not too far away are the Waterfall Cottages, perfect for a cute short stay and quite close to the falls – you simply have to follow Kevill Road East, which comes off Walcliffe Road in Margaret River.
Road Map, Margaret River. Google Maps (2016).
My friend Morgan is often my exploring buddy – and I ought to give her credit for the amount of research she does to help us discover places.
However, we stumbled upon these falls by driving around random roads (Kevill Road East) and trying to stay ‘off the beaten track’. But, Yalgardap falls are by no means hidden, even though they aren’t actually marked on the map.
Literally right next to the road, they are difficult to miss. A small stopping bay next to the falls allows you to pull over and experience their beauty.
The above shot is taken from near the road, but if you go at the right time of the year (after the winter months, during September, or even later October and November, heading into summer) you can walk along the top of the falls, facing either the wide flat river behind them, or the thinning river in front of them filled with shrubs and weeds.
Exploring is what got us these great shots.
I had to wade through freezing cold water, since it was mid-September, with one arm out of the water holding the camera above me. It was quite the entertainment for Morgan, who watched me anxiously, hoping I didn’t ruin her camera in the water. But I was successful, and placed it precariously on some rocks and pressed record.
I then monkey-d my way to the top of the falls, up the bank to the left of the above photograph, avoiding tree branches and spider-webs, and with the camera on video we achieved these photos. It was cold, sure, but it was bliss. And really, “It’s not that cold once you’re in,” is the saying, right?
Waterfalls are always an adventure – embrace that! Bare feet and slippery rocks meant we had to be extremely careful, but we managed to see all angles of these falls in the middle of the river. And believe me, it was worth it.