The falls are a cascade waterfall, and sit on the Guy Fawkes River. They are a highly popular tourist attraction within the Guy Fawkes River National Park. A number of viewing platforms exist and the area has been protected since 1895, originally as part of a recreation reserve.
An average of approximately 80,000 tourists visit the falls annually.
Ebor Falls Physical Description
Ebor Falls is a moderate flow waterfall, and sits at an altitude of 4,232 ft (1,290 m) above sea level. The geology of the underlying rock is predominately basalt. The black color of the basalt makes for a striking background as the water plunges over the falls.
The combined height of the two sections of Ebor Falls is approximately 377 ft (115 m). About 2,000 ft 600 m) downriver from the second half of the fall, is yet another plunge. This one falls into a steep gorge, filled with forest. What a beautiful sight.
Ebor Falls Underlying Geology
The falls are a particularly unique geological formation. They have formed at a point where ancient lava flows joined, which is the source of the underlying basalt. The basalt averages roughly 164 ft (50 m) in thickness but in places, it is as thick as an impressive 984 ft (300 m).
The basaltic bedrock was formed from a particular type of lava, one rich in magnesium and iron, and is known as mafic lava.
On the lower section of the falls, large vertical basalt columns are easily visible. Large blocks of volcanic stone are also abundant under and around the waterfall.