La Grande Cascade de la rivière du Château

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The largest island of Kerguelen Islands – Grande Terre – is very rich with tall, magnificent waterfalls.

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GPS coordinates
49.2788 S 70.1291 E
Location, address
Antarctic and Sub-antarctic region, Kerguelen Islands, Grande Terre, 10 km to the north-west from Port-aux-Français
~ 150 m
Riviere du Château

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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 on 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.

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The Kerguelen Islands basically consist of the main island – Grande Terre and a large number of smaller islands around it. Grande Terre is the largest Sub-Antarctic island. This is harsh land: windy, rainy, chilly, and for the most part – desolate. Nevertheless, it has its own special beauty – this wast island is adorned with countless magnificent waterfalls, cliffs, and lakes.

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Some of the most fascinating and awe-inspiring natural monuments are waterfalls or locations where a river abruptly changes its elevation.

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Wonders of Antarctica and Subantarctic islands

Antarctica and Sub-antarctic islands were the last part of Earth that was reached and explored by humans. The harsh climate prevents habitation of these lands except for Tristan da Cunha island which has much milder weather.

This is the largest wilderness region in the world with countless natural attractions that are not mentioned in any tourist guidebooks or Internet pages.

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The Arch of Kerguelen: Voyage to the Islands of Desolation

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.

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