The anticipation is intense as you cruise up the Prince Regent River, idling through a gap in the mangroves before this famous falls is finally revealed. Its terraced rock face creates a tapestry of white water, cascading past rock figs and ferns from a freshwater billabong high above. It’s no surprise then, that this safe-from-crocodiles pool at the top is a haven for hot, sweaty tourists.
Such is its grandeur that explorer Phillip Parker King gave the waterfall his own name after visiting back in 1820 aboard the Mermaid.
Due to the presence of estuarine (saltwater) crocodiles, swimming below the cascade is completely off-limits.