Yabba Falls Top Plunge descending into Baiyambora Gorge, Queensland

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Comments (10)

bdeh on September 6, 2012

Nice colours and great composition Ian. LIKE! Greetings Berend

Tewbacka on September 6, 2012

Great photo Ian, You're loving Yabba falls by the look of it. This one is a beauty! cheers Gary

Ian Stehbens on September 14, 2012

Thankyou, *Berend. It was a special day with lots of colour, variety and excitement. At this point I had little idea on how we were going to descend into the gorge. This is just the beginning of the drop, the water descending a total of 160M into the gorge.

This gorge had very great significance for the original indigenous residents of the area, though because of the danger it had negative mythology associated with it. We were given permission by an indigenous leader to enter the gorge, but with a caution, "Be very careful, do not disturb anything otherwise you might be hurt."

Warm regards,


Ian Stehbens on September 14, 2012

Indeed Gary!

My parents and grandparents referred to these falls when I was very small, and they were mentioned quite often over the years. I first began visiting here in the 1960s and took my young family here in the early 1970s, making regular visits after that. But one element that remained unsatisfied was that the oral tradition that originated with my grandfather was that "there are 2 falls". It wasn't until my son flew me into the gorge early this year, that I got to realise what he meant, and so I have made two challenging expeditions into the gorge since, one via Black Gully, then this exploration with a group of friends using climbing gear.

The gorge is quite awesome, full of the unexpected, and our timing was just right: not too much water that would have made it impossible, nor too little water for that would have reduced the joy, noise, interest and excitement.

Yes I am still loving what we did and saw.

Regards from Imbil on the Yabba.


Tewbacka on September 15, 2012

Very interesting story Ian. What a great find to see the second lot of falls. greetings from beautiful downtown Hobart - cheers Gary

Ian Stehbens on September 15, 2012

And I am enjoying sharing it with you, Gary. Seeing the 2nd falls has made a whole lot of difference to the way I think about Yabba Falls now. The gorge is more majestic, more varied and more moody than I ever imagined.

Abdul Razzak Lakhani on September 20, 2012

The twins. Absolutely Nice Picture. I have read the the comments and the above interesting story. Like 4. Greetings.

Ian Stehbens on September 21, 2012

Thank you for your appreciative visit, Abdul. This is the top of the first plunge. We chose to descend into the gorge during the winter when there is less water flowing through it. Sometimes these twins are overwhelmed by large flows in the river becoming one torrent and then the falls are even more spectacular. Out of sight from the top of this drop is another even higher waterfall, the second falls, and together the total drop is 500ft (160M) according to Google Earth.

Warm regards,


Buts Yuri on September 27, 2012

Beautiful picture! LIKE-54! Many greetings, Buts_YV.

Ian Stehbens on November 12, 2012

Thank you Yuri. How I wish I could guide you to this place and show you the treasures in this gorge.

Warm regards from Queensland,


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