There are many beautiful waterfalls on the East Coast Trail, from big wide roaring ones that burst forth from the cliffs, to thin ribbon falls that gently drop into the ocean from a great height.
While falling water is usually mesmerizing enough all on its own, Queens River Falls on Spout Path sports something extra: it’s a pretty reliable place to see otters:I’ve seen otters at this location about half the times I’ve been there, and they’re always fun to watch. Sometimes they just frolick in the waves, diving down and coming up with fresh fish or a piece of seaweed. Other times they’ll actually climb out onto the rocks, maybe to have a little preen or a nap in the sun.
With any luck, the sound of the waves and waterfall will drown out any noises you’re making while you’re there, so the otters may not even notice you. This will make it easy to find a comfy place to sit down on the cliffs and enjoy the show. If the otters aren’t there when you get to the falls, just open up your lunch bag, hope for the best, and wait for them to arrive; the scenery here is quite lovely even without the wildlife.Queens River Falls is a pretty straightforward place to get to, just hike down Shoal Bay Road (6.3 km), then make a right turn onto Spout Path: you’ll find the falls about 500 m from the Spout Path trailhead, making the total return distance for this hike about 13.6 km.