Boy critical after 30-metre fall at popular photo spot

·News Reporter
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A 12-year-old boy is in a critical condition after falling up to 30 metres from a cliff near a popular waterfall on NSW's South Coast.

The child was with family when he fell from a cliff while on a track at Gerringong Falls in Budderoo National Park, southwest of Wollongong, on Saturday afternoon. 

NSW Police said the boy fell between 20 and 30 metres onto a base below.

"Emergency services were notified, and a multi-agency response commenced, including officers from Lake Illawarra Police District, Police Rescue, NSW Ambulance, NSW SES and National Parks and Wildlife Services," police said in a statement.

Gerringong Falls is a popular photo spot for hikers. Source: Instagram/ travelmademedoit_/ natneli
Gerringong Falls is a popular photo spot for hikers. Source: Instagram/ travelmademedoit_/ natneli

The boy suffered serious head and body injuries and was winched from the location and airlifted to Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick in a critical condition.

Police are investigating the incident.

Gerringong Falls is a popular walking track, with visitors regularly sharing photos at the base of the large waterfall. 

Its geotag on Instagram features several users posing for photos near the edge of cliffs.

It is unclear if the child fell at the waterfall or a separate part of the track.

Travel guide Londoner in Sydney describes the hike to the waterfall as "one of the most dangerous" they have done. 

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