Aus­tralian Walks: Macken­zie Falls one of the largest in area

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Re­garded as one of the largest and most pop­u­lar wa­ter­falls in the Grampians, MacKen­zie Falls wel­comes every­one to its peace­ful set­ting.

Ad­ja­cent to the renowned Grampians Na­tional Park, in Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia, Macken­zie Falls is a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion in this area.

Due to reg­u­lar rain­fall, the wa­ter­fall is the only all-year-round flow­ing wa­ter­way in the en­tire re­gion. Vis­i­tors to the Grampians of­ten visit this wa­ter­fall and en­joy pic­nick­ing, strolling through the grounds as well as var­i­ous wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties.

Panoramic views of the ma­jes­tic moun­tain ranges and its sur­rounds can be en­joyed from the many view­ing lo­ca­tions in the area.

With the Grampians in the back­drop and sur­round­ing grass­lands, MacKen­zie Falls of­fers an as­sorted range of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties for vis­i­tors.

Hik­ing, rock climb­ing and moun­tain bik­ing are the ma­jor out­door ac­tiv­i­ties en­joyed by vis­i­tors to the Grampians.

In ad­di­tion, vis­i­tors can go fish­ing or kayak­ing across the pris­tine rivers and lakes in the Grampians.

The re­gion boasts two main walks for the best view of the falls. Take a walk to the bot­tom of the falls and see the falls in all their glory. Then take a walk up to one of the many look­outs to get the best bird’s eye view of the sur­round­ings. The pic­turesque view­ing plat­form at the falls over­looks the hill ranges and the wa­ter­ways nearby.

A walk to the bot­tom of the falls is steep on a good and clear track that is a 2km re­turn trip.

It typ­i­cally takes around one hour and 30 min­utes to com­plete (re­turn). For those head­ing to the view­ing plat­form at the MacKen­zie Falls Look­out, this is a gen­tle grade on a good track and is only 1.9kms re­turn and will take about 40 min­utes (re­turn). The look­out has easy ac­cess for wheel­chairs.

Pub­lic ameni­ties in­clude carpark ar­eas and pic­nic grounds with ta­bles and out­door BBQ fa­cil­i­ties at some ar­eas.

Near to the falls, you will also find a vis­i­tor’s cen­tre and the Na­tional Park Stock Im­age Gallery.

Guests in­ter­ested to learn more about the area’s vi­brant ge­og­ra­phy and rich his­tory can visit the gallery to check out the var­i­ous pic­tures and arte­facts.

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