The mood of the Deep River at Fernhook Falls depends on the season. In winter, the water gushes furiously over the granite boulders creating a whitewash of froth. In summer, the flow is reduced to a trickle and Rowell’s Pool is a calm, tranquil place.
The froth and bubbles seen at Fernhook Falls when it’s in high flow are a result of saponin in the water. Saponin comes from plants as they break down in the river. As the water tumbles over the rocks, it churns up the saponin, forming froth and bubbles which pile up in spaces between the rocks and float serenely on the surface of Rowell’s Pool.
Exploring the Deep River
Walk trails and boardwalks have been designed to give you a great view of the cascading falls and pristine forest while allowing wheelchair access to parts of the site. The boardwalks have been constructed to protect the vegetation around the pool while still allowing the natural passage of native fauna through the forest.
Stay a while
You can camp in one of eight tent sites or two camp huts at Fernhook Falls Campground, near the river and tucked away in the forest. Due to their popularity, please limit your stay to a maximum of three nights in the camp huts. Camping fees apply
Need to know
|No pets allowed
Park Entry Fee
|Entry to Mount Frankland South National Park is free
|Toilets are available
|Wheelchair-accessible walk trails and boardwalks have been designed to give you the best views of the cascading falls and pristine forest. The boardwalks also protect the vegetation around the pool and allow native fauna to move naturally through the forest.