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Chilling photo is shared to warn people not to jump off rocks at notorious Wattamolla waterfall

Grim warning about popular waterfall famed for its rock-jumping ledge as a six-metre-long branch prepares to topple over – proving that you don’t know what’s in the water below

  • Huge six-metre tree branch was seen on top of notorious Wattamolla waterfall
  • Warning signs and fences have been erected but people still jump off the rocks
  • Tragically there has been six deaths at the popular swimming spot in five years 

A harrowing photo of a notorious waterfall that’s seen multiple drownings has been shared in a desperate attempt to stop people from jumping off the six-metre high rockface.

A six-metre tree branch was captured sitting at the top of the Wattamolla waterfall, in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, this week.

The photo was shared to Facebook by group Friends of the Royal National Park in attempts to deter thrill-seekers who travel to the spot to hurl themselves off.

A six-metre tree branch was captured sitting at the top of the Wattamolla waterfall, in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney this week

A six-metre tree branch was captured sitting at the top of the Wattamolla waterfall, in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney this week

‘Wattamolla waterfall has always been a temptation to the daring and adventurous – despite warning signs and verbal discouragement people still jump off,’ the group wrote.

‘This 6m tree is about to tip over the edge today. What else is submerged?’

In recent years, National Parks and Wildlife Service have erected fences and warning signs in a bid to deter people from jumping into the popular lagoon, which can attract up to 2500 visitors on peak days across summer.

Tragically within the last five years there have been six deaths in that very spot.

Despite signs and fences cordoning off the rockface, hundreds of people still jump off into the waterhole

Despite signs and fences cordoning off the rockface, hundreds of people still jump off into the waterhole

Despite signs and fences cordoning off the rockface, hundreds of people still jump off into the waterhole

In January this year, the body of Nepalese student, Sachet Bimali, 23, was recovered from the Royal National Park

In January this year, the body of Nepalese student, Sachet Bimali, 23, was recovered from the Royal National Park

In January this year, the body of Nepalese student, Sachet Bimali, 23, was recovered from the Royal National Park

There has been six drownings at the popular waterhole within the last five years

There has been six drownings at the popular waterhole within the last five years

There has been six drownings at the popular waterhole within the last five years

In January this year, the body of Nepalese student, Sachet Bimali, 23, was recovered from the Royal National Park.

Emergency services arrived at the scene following reports two swimmers had encountered difficulties after jumping nine metres from a rock into the Wattamolla Lagoon. 

The fatality also occurred just minutes after paid lifeguards, who patrol the lagoon across summer, had completed their official duties for the day.

In November, 2018, a 20-year-old man died after jumping into the same waterhole.

The man was believed to be a Bangladeshi national who did not know how to swim. 

On Christmas Day in 2016, a 27-year-old man also drowned after jumping into the water. 

People are seen jumping off the Wattamolla waterfall south of Sydney

People are seen jumping off the Wattamolla waterfall south of Sydney

People are seen jumping off the Wattamolla waterfall south of Sydney

The rockface is around six metres high and attracts thrill-seekers from across the state to jump off

The rockface is around six metres high and attracts thrill-seekers from across the state to jump off

The rockface is around six metres high and attracts thrill-seekers from across the state to jump off


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