Terrifying moment Sherrard Falls in NSW turns into raging torrent threatening to sweep away cars

Terrifying moment Sherrard Falls in NSW turns into raging torrent


Terrifying moment a picturesque waterfall turns into a raging torrent that threatens to sweep away cars on treacherous road – as the east coast braces for huge storms and flooding

  • Normally beautiful drive on NSW mid-north coast is treacherous in bad weather
  • Sherrard Falls is a cascade waterfall – meaning the water descends rock steps
  • Melburnians endured their coldest four-day November stretch in 167 years










When there isn’t flash flooding, severe thunderstorms or gale force winds, going past Sherrard Falls on the NSW mid-north coast is a lovely drive. 

But shocking new footage has revealed that when the weather turns very bad, the Falls become a raging torrent of brown water that only the brave or foolhardy drive through. 

Among those brave enough to cross the path of the gushing waterfall on Thursday was the one car that filmed this spectacular sight. 

Sherrard Falls on the mid-north coast of New South Wales (pictured) posed a severe danger to passing cars on Thursday

Sherrard Falls on the mid-north coast of New South Wales (pictured) posed a severe danger to passing cars on Thursday

Sherrard Falls, which is a cascade waterfall – meaning the water descends a series of rock steps – is located between the town of Dorrigo and and the locality of Thora in the Dorrigo National Park.  

The bridge across Sherrard Falls is just one lane and is subject to closure in times of high rain, due to flooding over the road. 

But the drivers in this video got through before the road was closed.  

Australia’s east coast is bracing for a very wet weekend as a fierce weather system sweeps across the country and dumps rain in already swollen rivers.

The low pressure system is forecast to cross into South Australia on Saturday before intensifying over NSW on Sunday – bringing with it the risk of flash flooding and heavy rainfall.

Merimbula on the NSW far south coast could get as much as 100mm of rain on Sunday as the warm weather gives way to heavy downpours.

Sydneysiders can expect a drenching of as much as 35mm of rain on Sunday.

Sherrard Falls (pictured) is a very pleasant drive and beauty spot when there isn't flash flooding, severe thunderstorms or gale force winds

Sherrard Falls (pictured) is a very pleasant drive and beauty spot when there isn’t flash flooding, severe thunderstorms or gale force winds

However, the Bureau of Meteorology has downgraded an earlier forecast of severe in NSW and the ACT.

‘The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary,’ it said. 

‘In the Lower Western and western parts of the Riverina there is still potential for gusty showers/thunderstorms happening during the evening.’ 

Mount Hotham in Victoria (pictured) is a ski resort, but it rarely gets snow two weeks out from summer

 Mount Hotham in Victoria (pictured) is a ski resort, but it rarely gets snow two weeks out from summer

In Victoria, Melburnians endured their coldest four-day stretch in 167 years with temperatures stubbornly remaining below 15.5C from Friday to Monday.

On top of the record-breaking string of frosty days in Victoria, the cold snap also saw snow fall across Mount Hotham. 

The NSW State Emergency Service advises that people should keep clear of fallen power lines, creeks and storm drains.

It also said not to walk, ride a bike or drive through flood water.  

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE IN YOUR CITY? THREE DAY OUTLOOK

 CANBERRA: 

Friday: Possible shower. Min 13 – Max 22

Saturday: Shower or two. Min 10 – Max 18

Sunday: Showers. Min 12 – Max 19

BRISBANE: 

Friday: Mostly sunny. Min 17 – Max 29

Saturday: Mostly sunny. Min 19 – Max 31

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 21 – Max 30

SYDNEY: 

Friday: Possible shower. Min 19 – Max 28

Saturday: Shower or two. Min 18 – Max 24

Sunday: Showers. Min 18 – Max 24

DARWIN: 

Friday: Showers with a possible storm. Min 27 – Max 35

Saturday: Shower or two with a possible storm. Min 26 – Max 35

Sunday: Showers or two with a possible storm. Min 26 – Max 35

 PERTH: 

Friday: Partly cloudy. Min 13 – Max 24

Saturday: Sunny. Min 12 – Max 26

Sunday: Partly cloudy. Min 13 – Max 23

ADELAIDE:

Friday: Shower or two. Min 13 – Max 22

Saturday: Showers. Min 13 – Max 21

Sunday: Shower or two. Min 13 – Max 20

MELBOURNE: 

Friday: Shower or two. Min 13 – Max 18

Saturday: Shower or two. Min 10 and Max 18

Sunday: Showers. Min 13 – Max 19

HOBART: 

Friday: Cloudy. Min 9 – Max 17

Saturday: Possible shower. Min 8 – Max 16

Sunday: Cloudy. Min 9 – Max 17 



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