As you can see from the photo at the top of this page, this place provided that rare harmony of a scenic oasis nestled in a rugged red rock wilderness under cloudless blue skies that also felt very private (as not many people would make it all the way out here).
Mitchell waterfalls can be accessed only helicopter or by foot during the dry season when the Gibb River Road is open from around May to November each year. The wet season starts from December and lasts until May during which the Mitchell Plateau area gets an average annual rainfall of some 1,600 mm. Torrential rains make rivers run wild eroding riverbeds and carrying away every thing in their path. As the torrents flood the high country, they fall in stupendous cataracts and waterfalls into deep gorges.
Mitchell Falls is the second tallest waterfall in the state of Western Australia at a cumulative height of 80m. The stunning backdrop of the red escarpment lands of the Mitchell Plateau provided the elevation needed to channel the Wet Season rains over the cliffs resulting in the necessary conditions to have a waterfall in this otherwise harsh and unforgiving land. Like with other waterfalls in the tropical regions of Northern Australia, most of the flow of the falls came from Wet Season rains, and the flow then would diminish as the Dry Season wore on. Thus, in order to get a good waterfalling experience, a balance of accessibility in the Dry Season and flow from the Wet Season would need to be struck in order to get the best of both worlds.
The Mitchell Falls are accessible via a bush walk that takes a couple of hours over rough terrain. The walk is in a remote wilderness area and requires a reasonable level of fitness. A helicopter flight allows you to grasp the extreme ruggedness of the plateau, and is the only way to view many of the waterholes and surrounding area.