La Grande Cascade de la rivière du Château might be not the largest on the island but it is the best-known thanks to its relative vicinity to the only inhabited place in this island.
This waterfall is reached by some 2.5 hours walk from Port-aux-Français through a picturesque landscape.
Waterfall consists of several cascades. The most impressive one is the upper cascade falling from a narrow ravine (see image). Lower cascades fall over several steps.
La Grande Cascade de la rivière du Château on the map
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|Location, GPS coordinates:||49.2788 S 70.1291 E|
|Where is located?||Antarctic and Sub-antarctic region, Kerguelen Islands, Grande Terre, 10 km to the north-west from Port-aux-Français|
|Height:||~ 150 m|
|River:||Riviere du Château|
The Kerguelens – isolated French islands in the southern Indian Ocean – were the home of the Arch of Kerguelen, a 1,000-foot-tall stone vault that had confounded navigators for centuries. Jean-Paul Kauffmann finds poetry in the isolation and strangely serene beauty of this land far from the hustle of “civilized” life.