May 17
Kondalilla Falls

Recording the Kondalilla Falls

The last few weeks have felt like I was working an office job, something I’ve deliberately chosen not to do in my life, because it’s just not for me. But with running a website also comes the tasks that involve me sitting in front of a computer screen for extended periods of time. Recently I’ve also spent a fair bit of time on SEO (Search Engine Optimisation, another job of the website owner) and so this week it was time to get back outside and record some nature.

As many of you may have already gathered, I spend a lot of time out and about recording sound effects, whether it be rain, wind or thunder, the ocean or even a big city, I am much happier outside, especially in natural environments. With this in mind, I found myself heading out to a favourite spot, the Kondalilla National Park here on the Sunshine Coast.

I’ve recorded at this location many times and previous blogs discuss the lush rainforest, creeks and waterfalls that make this park so special. However there was one thing on my mind for this recording session… the falls.

The waterfall I was out to record has an 80 metre drop and on a normal day sees a good amount of water drop and run down the craggy rock face and into a pool below. Up until this session, I’d never actually been to the bottom. Normally it’s hot and sticky and lugging recording gear down to the base of the falls just isn’t that appealing. Today however, well into autumn it’s a lot cooler (about 23 degrees) and making the descent is much more comfortable.

On my way down I make several stops to record the falls at different heights and distances. The winding track you have to take to get to the bottom meanders through palm trees, pines and other beautiful specimens. I captured 5 or 6 different recordings which are all available to download in the library.

Finally after a good 20 minutes of walking I reach the bottom. Other than a few other people who are luckily making their way off, the base is secluded and quiet. Climbing over the rocky ground I perch myself right by the small pool at the bottom and start recording. There is a very gentle breeze being generated from the rush of water, but other than that (and a few mosquito) there is a still and calmness down there that makes you want to sit for hours.

After about 10 minutes of recording, I moved off to another large flow of water that was hitting the rocks and causing a much brighter and defined sound.

These free waterfall sound effects can be downloaded here.

About The Author

I'm the founder of and professional sound designer. I provide free sound effects for games, TV, radio, filmmaking, podcasts, YouTube and more. You can download all my sounds free as mp3 and wav files here at ZapSplat.

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