Koorawatha Falls Trails
A ride to the Koorawatha Falls should be on everyone’s ‘bucket list’, especially after rain when the falls are at their most spectacular.
The village of Koorawatha was once a large and thriving centre of activity but now has only a hotel and a café. The township is famous for a gun battle between police and the bushranger Ben Hall when he attempted to rob the Bang Bang Hotel. The Koorawatha Falls trail starts and finishes at Koorawatha village, allowing you to stock up on drinks and other essential picnic supplies. As you reach Cowra Street, stop at the cairn that is the site where the old Bang Bang Hotel used to be. The cairn is on the left and the sign reads:
"The Bang Bang Hotel. This sign marks the site of the old Bang Bang Hotel. On Friday 20th May, 1864 Ben Hall, John Gilbert & James Gordon tried to steal some racehorses stabled at the rear of the hotel. The bushrangers were driven off after a fierce battle with Constables Scott & McNamara. 25 to 30 shots were fired by the bushrangers and 9 by the police."
The Koorawatha Falls route follows a gravel road that meanders through sheep grazing country and crosses the Bang Bang Creek. As the trail gets closer to the Falls, the terrain becomes steeper and rocky in places, so take care. Follow the creek past the picnic area and an old dam wall until you reach rock formations at the base of the falls. The area is a haven for some of the region’s rare flora and fauna, so stay on the main trail and dispose rubbish in the bins at the picnic area.
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