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The following information was extracted from the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts website.
About 200ha, located about 2.2 km north-east of the Nethercote Community Hall, of either Nethercote Road or Backcreek Road, or alternatively, 8 to 15km south-west of Pambula . It comprises four separate areas:
- Nethercote Falls Flora Reserve (proposed);
- Area bounded by a line commencing at the confluence of Old Hut Creek and a tributary at AMG point: 8823 – 1 – N – Eden – 48689758, thence generally south along that tributary to the Sugarloaf Fire Road at 48809703, east along that road to the north-west corner of portion 150 Parish of Bimmil County of Auckland, then generally east along the northern boundary of Portion 150 to the 200m contour, then generally north along this contour to 49009775, on an unnamed creek, then downstream to Old Hut Creek, then upstream along this creek to the point of commencement.
- Area bounded by a line commencing at the confluence of two streams at AMG point: 8823-1-N-Eden-46299824, then downstream to the 200m contour, then east and north along that contour to an unnamed stream at 46949816, then north-west along that stream to the 300m contour, then via a straight line to the point of commencement.
- Area bounded by a line commencing at AMG point: 8823-1-N-Eden – 47009900, east to unnamed stream at 47159900, then downstream to its confluence with another stream at 47699904, then up that stream to its confluence with another at 47439920, then along the northern tributary to 47359950, then due north-west to the 420m contour, then north, west and south along that contour to 47089942, then west to 47009942, then south to commencement point.
Nethercote Falls are a series of cascades linking a chain of round pools in the rock which range from 1m-10m in diameter. The last stage of the falls drops about 40m in a double stream to a large deep pool. The falls occur in a shallow gorge of rhyolite, and the surrounding country is quite steep, with several other prominent outcrops of rhyolite.
Four species listed as rare or vulnerable by Leigh, Briggs and Hartley occur on the soils formed from the rhyolite. They are PHEBALIUM RALSTONII (2RC), ACACIA SUBTILINERVIS (3V), PSEUDANTHUS DIVARICATISSIMUS (3RC) and HAKEA MACREANA (3RC) two undescribed species, a GREVILLEA and a WESTRINGIA also occur on these soils. The vegetation is very unusual for the area and contains many species which are at the southern limits of their distribution, such as PULTENAEA VILLIFERA and DAVIESIA ACICULARIS which are otherwise unknown south of the Tuross River. The vegetation of these outcrops is shrubland dominated by species such as KUNZEA AMBIGUA and MELALEUCA ARMILLARIS.
Four rare plant species are found on the rhyolite derived soil of Nethercote Falls and the surrounding area. They are PHEBALIUM RALSTONII (2RC), ACACIA SUBTILINERVIS (3V), PSEUDANTHUS DIVARICATISSIMUS (3RC) and HAKEA MACRAEANA (3RC). In addition, two undescribed species, a GREVILLEA with affinities to G. MIQUELIANA and a WESTRINGIA with affinities to W. GLABRA are found there. The vegetation communities in the area are also highly unusual for the area, containing many species which are at the southern limit of their distribution and otherwise unknown from the far south coast. The rhyolite itself is of geological interest and the unusual weathering of the rhyolite which has formed the falls has been the subject of geological research. The area is thus of tremendous scientific interest. It is relatively undisturbed and the catchment of the Yowaka River upstream of the falls appears relatively undamaged. The falls are spectacular and the whole area is of great natural beauty.