Paddy's Falls

Mt Barney National Park

Also known as Golden Staircase Falls for the so named nearby fire trail. Follows the fire trail before a rock hop up the creek to the falls then you can return the way you came or scramble out of the gully up to the fire trail and use it to go all the way back.

No Picnic Facilities
No Toilets
4WD Required
Scrambling or Climbing
Navigation Required
Eucalypt Forest
Maximum Elevation

Getting there

How do you get to the start of the walk?

From the end of the rough Drynans Hut road you will have to let yourself through an unlocked gate and follow the road to Drynans Hut which is in private property but turn right and park and the trail begins from there.


Which maps cover the area?

Maps of Mount Barney National Park

Route/Trail notes

A detailed description of the walk!

Follow the fire trail over Mount Barney Creek then continue on it as it follows Paddy's Gully. Before the fire trail begins to rise in a series of switchbacks take the path which branches off to the right and quickly deposits you into the creek bed. From here rock hop up the creek until you reach the falls. You can retrace your steps to the car or you can cut out of the gully by ascending up the reasonably step Southwestern side. When you reach the top of the ridge good views can be found back into the gully and North to Mount Maroon and after that there are more views East and out to Mount Barney. From here rejoin the fire trail following it back down the switch backs passing the turn off you took earlier and following it the rest of the way out.


Do you need any permits? What's the cost?


Other References

How can I find more info? Any guide books?

GPS Tracks

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Not sure why more people are not doing this walk. Great variety of scenery and the waterfall is quite spectacular when the water is flowing. Walked up fire trail to the top of the waterfall, then scrambled down the river right wall. There is a faint footpad visible from the top of the waterfall to the spot to start scrambling / climbing down. Nice sized pool at the base of the falls to have a swim and break for lunch. Rock hopped down the creak to rejoin the fire trail and walk back out. Not as much water as lower portals but defiantly more secluded, only saw one other group on trail in the morning.

Callum on 10 Mar, 2024

We followed the fire trail up the switchback and turned right where you end up at the top of the falls, no water was flowing but nice views. After that we found a gully to scramble down on the river right to almost the base of the falls, was nice to chill out there, almost no water trickling though. Did rock hopping 1/3 of the way back until rejoined the fire trail all the way back to the car. Enjoyed the hike!

Alise on 24 Apr, 2023


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