Wangi Falls is the largest and most popular attraction in the Park, with a large grassed area, toilets and the location of Wangi Falls Café. Access to the plunge pool is easy with steps provided. The name Wangi is recent. The first recorded European naming was by David Lindsay in 1883 while surveying the area, after his youngest daughter Gwendoline. Max Sargent, a member of the family that took up the pastoral lease over this area in 1923 called it Kathleen Falls after his second daughter who was born in 1954 in a nearby stock camp. In 1961 the Townsend family took over the lease and an outstation was built approximately 4 km to the west of the falls and was named Wangi, the local aboriginal name for the area. Visitors to the outstation began to call the falls Wangi and the name has stuck. Swimming is allowed here, but restrictions apply during the wet season once the water reaches a pre-set level. This is due to dangerous water currents and the risk of estuarine crocodiles entering the plunge pool with the increased water levels from the nearby wetlands. The Park rangers will open the pool to swimming once the water level is below the pre-set level, and a survey has been conducted to ensure no estuarine crocodiles have entered the pool during the closure. People spend from 2 hours to a whole day here, the plunge pool being a great place to relax and read a book or just enjoy the scenery.
Wangi Falls viewing platform walk: 400 metres return. 10 minutes
Wangi Falls viewing platform is on the Wangi Falls walk. After crossing the foot bridge over Wangi Creek, a walkway takes you to a platform on the edge of the pool. At times throughout the year flying foxes (fruit bats) use the trees in this area for roosting. You can return back to the picnic area or continue on the Wangi Falls walk.
Wangi Falls Walk: 1.6km (A loop walk). 1 hour
This walk starts in the picnic area at the plunge pool. Crossing the Wangi Creek you came to a short side path to a viewing platform giving great views of Wangi Falls. Return back to the walkway and continue on to a viewing platform in the canopy of the rainforest (65 steps). Climbing the remainder of the steps (25) to the secondary plateau above Wangi Falls, you can get clear views over the woodlands to the west. The walk takes you on a loop over the creek and winds its way down the escarpment to the rainforest at the plunge pool. Enjoy a swim in the plunge pool (if not closed to swimming) or return to the car park.