28 February 2013 by Luke McCormick
Wentworth Falls in Australia's Blue Mountains has undergone a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime transformation caused by exceptional east coast rainfall.
The conditions have created a remarkable torrent that has turned the normally beautiful waterfall into a raging beauty offering incredible views.
Local people say the falls have never looked liked this in their lifetimes, but conditions will only last for a few more days.
This photo of Wentworth Falls, located an hour's drive west of Sydney, was captured by a POLAir helicopter during a rescue operation.
Detective Super Intendant Mark Noakes told news.com.au the photo was a lucky shot.
"They managed to snap off one photo of the falls. It's actually a fluke shot, they only managed to get one photo."
"I've talked to some pretty experienced rescue crews who live up there and they tell me ‘We've been doing this work for ten years, we've lived in the mountains all our lives and we have never see it like this,'" Det Sup Int Noakes said.
Access to the area is limited due to flood waters, but the National Parks and Wildlife Service has said the Wentworth Falls picnic area, lookouts and walking tracks are now open with the exception of Undercliff Track which is closed between Princes Rock access and Den Fenella.
"Some tracks have not been fully assessed and others have minor landslides which may not be negotiable by some visitors. Visitors should be prepared to turn around," National Parks and Wildlife said.
"Visitors are reminded not to attempt to cross any flooded waterways or streams in the area and to allow sufficient time to complete their walk safely."
If you are preparing to see Wentworth Falls, make sure you go prepared and check for updates with National Parks and Wildlife.
This is how the falls normally look.