In the hills above Lonnavale is Punna Falls, an unusual sloping waterfall dropping about 15 metres in height over an almost smooth rock face. The falls are difficult to reach, with no track leading to them, but for those with some experience in negotiating off-track areas the hike is very doable, although not necessarily recommended.
There are a couple of points from where you can start the hike to Punna Falls. If you are trying to get to the base of the falls, the best starting point is at the end of an unnamed Forestry road that branches off Southwood Road and leads to within a couple of kilometres of the waterfall. The turnoff to this road is very easy to miss and there are many other side roads in the area, so a GPS is required to ensure you head in the right direction.
The road ends in a large cleared area after a couple of kilometres, and the first part of the hike involves hiking across this area to its western edge, which involves a fair bit of scrub bashing through new regrowth. There are some faint vehicle tracks that may make progress easier at times, but these are often indistinct and easy to lose. Once you reach the end of the clearing, enter the forest and head towards the unnamed Punna Falls Creek. The hike up the creek is only a few hundred metres long, and the first section is probably the prettiest part of the walk, following the creek as it winds its way through the mossy rainforest. As the falls approaches the hike becomes progressively steeper and harder, however, with numerous rotted logs and overgrowth choking up the creek. At times you have to climb the slippery and crumbly banks, and it would be very easy to twist an ankle by stepping straight through a rotten log, so extreme care must be taken on the final ascent towards the falls.
Punna Falls themselves are far from the most impressive waterfall around, and are unlikely to be of much interest to all but the most dedicated waterfall baggers. Nonetheless, it is still a nice spot and satisfying to reach after the challenging hike required to reach it.
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