Aus­tralian Walks: Go chas­ing water­falls in Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia

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After months of rain and snow, Vic­to­ria’s water­falls will flow plen­ti­ful as rivers swell un­der the spring sun. Here are a list of some of the best places to pack up, pic­nic, hike and laze away the days, cour­tesy of Parks Vic­to­ria.

Mel­bourne

Dights Falls – Yarra Bend Park is a tran­quil, dog friendly es­cape from the city less than 5kms from Mel­bourne. The water­fall is an ar­ti­fi­cial weir built on a nat­u­ral rock bar across the Yarra. The weir was built in the 1840s to pro­vide wa­ter to the ‘Ceres’ flour mill, one of the first in Vic­to­ria. The falls were later to be­come known as Dights Falls after the own­ers of the mill.

Yarra Val­ley & Dan­de­nong Ranges

Olinda Falls is a small pic­nic area with a short walk­ing trail to the falls, about an hour’s drive from Mel­bourne. While dogs and swim­ming are not al­lowed, it is pos­si­ble to sit in the wa­ter at the lower falls.

There is a pic­nic ta­ble close to the carpark and a uni­sex ac­ces­si­ble toi­let. The area is ser­viced by pub­lic trans­port.

Kep­pel Falls Walk lo­cated in the Marysville Bush­land Re­serve is 108 kilo­me­tres from Mel­bourne and ser­viced by pub­lic trans­port. The cas­cad­ing tiered Kep­pel Falls are par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive in spring, fol­low­ing snow melt and rain.

Sher­brooke Falls, tracks lead­ing from Sher­brooke and O’Dono­hue Pic­nic Ground pro­vide the eas­i­est walk to the falls through the at­trac­tive land­scape of tall Mountain Ash and tree ferns.

The falls, lo­cated in the Dan­de­nong Ranges Na­tional Park, are most in­spir­ing after rain when the swollen Sher­brooke Creek rushes over the rocks.

Dayles­ford & the Mace­don Ranges

Tren­tham Falls, in the Coliban River Scenic Re­serve is one of the long­est sin­gle drop water­falls in Vic­to­ria, plung­ing some 32 me­tres over basalt col­umns. There is no ac­cess to the top or base of the falls due to un­sta­ble cliffs but vis­i­tors can best en­joy the water­fall from the view­ing plat­forms.

The re­serve pro­tects one of the best rem­nants of veg­e­ta­tion in the area, vis­i­tors can find stands of large manna gum, stringy bark, mess­mate, nar­rowleaved pep­per­mint as well as sea­sonal wild­flow­ers.

Sailors Falls in Hep­burn Re­gional Park can be viewed from the pic­nic area lo­cated near the road. The steps to the water­fall have been up­graded with a non-slip walk­ing strip which pro­vides easy en­try to the base of the water­fall and al­lows wheel­chair ac­cess to the first view­ing plat­form.

Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula

Kings Water­fall in Arthurs Seat State Park, it’s a short walk from the carpark on Water­fall Gully Road to Kings Falls and past She-Oaks, Grasstrees, a board­walk through lovely fern gully, na­tive Wild Cherry, scented Paper­barks and other in­ter­est­ing plants and crea­tures. The walk has a se­ries of in­ter­pre­tive signs.

Great Ocean Road

Ersk­ine Falls are at the end of Ersk­ine Falls Road 10km north west of Lorne. There is a view­ing point above the falls and a walk­ing track, steep in places, leads to the base of the falls. The falls cas­cade over one of the high­est drops in the Ot­ways.

Triplet Falls is one of the iconic vis­i­tor sites in the Great Ot­way Na­tional Park. Nes­tled amongst the an­cient forests of mountain ash and myr­tle beech, vis­i­tors will dis­cover three dis­tinct and im­pres­sive cas­cades flow­ing through shady rain­forests and glades of mossy tree ferns.

This beau­ti­ful area is set in the an­cient

for­est and pro­vides views into the lower cas­cades and the ma­jes­tic main falls. A small pic­nic area is also avail­able for vis­i­tors to re­lax and en­joy the beau­ti­ful sur­rounds.

Beauchamp Falls is par­tic­u­larly memorable after heavy rain, dis­play­ing a white rec­tan­gu­lar cas­cade of wa­ter gush­ing down to a pretty pool. The out­look at the falls, with splen­did ferns, black­wood trees and beeches all around, is pic­ture per­fect.

Hopetoun Falls in the Great Ot­way Na­tional Park is beau­ti­ful at most times of year. There’s a nice view of the falls from the up­per plat­form near the carpark. But for the more ad­ven­tur­ous de­scend the 200 steps through a glade of ferns for a closer look. Wa­ter plum­mets 30 me­tres into the Aire River.

Gold­fields (Bendigo, Bal­larat, Castle­maine, Kyne­ton)

Fern­tree Water­fall in the Buan­gor State Park is best after rain, a scenic short walk suit­able for most peo­ple, it be­gins from Fern­tree camp­ing area and leads to the Fern­tree Water­falls and the up­per sec­tions of Mid­dle Creek

Turpin Falls Scenic Re­serve is si­t­u­ated 12.6 kilo­me­tres from Kyne­ton and is one of sev­eral water­falls and as­so­ci­ated deep pools lo­cated along the Cam­paspe River. Vis­i­tors can en­joy scenic views of the falls from a look­out lo­cated a short walk from the carpark.

There are no ameni­ties or gen­eral fa­cil­i­ties, such as toi­lets or pic­nic ta­bles. Pedes­trian ac­cess to the wa­ter­hole is sub­ject to sea­sonal track clo­sures.

Grampians Na­tional Park

MacKen­zie Falls is a spec­tac­u­lar water­fall re­garded as one of the largest and most pop­u­lar water­falls in the Grampians Na­tional Park. The Bluff Look­out pro­vides sweep­ing views of MacKen­zie Falls and the MacKen­zie River from high above the gorge.

The look­out pro­vides the only op­por­tu­nity to cap­ture the mul­ti­ple cas­cades of the MacKen­zie River as it flows through the gorge, in­clud­ing a won­der­ful view of MacKen­zie Falls.

Bro­ken Falls, just up­stream from MacKen­zie Falls, in the Grampians Na­tional Park. The can­tilevered look­out on the edge of the gorge of­fers sweep­ing views of the river tum­bling over the wide, dis­si­pated water­falls. Bro­ken Falls look­out is a pram friendly walk.

Sil­ver­band Falls is a short 40-minute walk from the Sil­ver­band car park. Stroll 700m through shady, ferny for­est. Cross a rock cross­ing to ar­rive at the base of Sil­ver­band Falls. Visit in spring to see abun­dant wild­flow­ers, birds, frogs and kan­ga­roos. Not suit­able for prams and wheel chairs.

High Coun­try

Wool­shed Falls, lo­cated in the Chiltern-Mt Pi­lot Na­tional Park pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for a fam­ily pic­nic or to view the falls that can be spec­tac­u­lar after heavy rain. A six-kilo­me­tre walk­ing track links Wool­shed Falls to Beech­worth via the Cas­cades and the Gorge Scenic Drive Ray­mond Creek Falls in the Snowy River Na­tional Park can be reached all year round from Orbost along Moors­ford Road. A short 30-minute walk­ing track leads to a view of Ray­mond Creek Falls plung­ing me­tres into a deep, clear pool.

Par­adise Falls, near Whit­field in the Alpine Na­tional Park, cas­cade an un­in­ter­rupted 31 me­tres and are most spec­tac­u­lar in spring, early sum­mer or after rain. The walk to the view­ing plat­form is a well‐made stepped track per­fect for all fit­ness lev­els.

The falls can be ac­cessed from Cheshunt. With pic­nic fa­cil­i­ties at the car park, vis­i­tors can pack a lunch or grab

Above: Triplet Falls, Great Ot­way Park Triplet Falls. some fare from nearby Whit­field and en­joy the peace­ful park.

Dan­don­gadale Falls – dra­matic glimpses of Vic­to­ria’s long­est falls (a 255m drop tum­bling off the Cob­bler Plateau), are pos­si­ble on the Lake Cob­bler scenic drive. Vis­i­tors will pass through the pic­turesque farm­ing val­ley of the Rose River, river­ine for­est and foothill bush­land be­fore as­cend­ing to the sub­alpine wood­lands of Lake Cob­bler.

Lit­tle River Water­falls si­t­u­ated al­most 4-kilo­me­tres from Vic­to­ria’s deep­est gorge, is to the west of McKil­lop Bridge and down­stream from the junc­tion of the Lit­tle River and Snowy River. After a well-signed 800-me­tre drive off the Bo­nang-Ge­lan­tip Road, a 400-me­tre walk­ing track leads to a cliff-top

Parks Vic­to­ria also ad­vises that while nat­u­ral pools and water­falls may look like invit­ing places to cool off but swim­ming at th­ese spots can be dan­ger­ous and may have strong cur­rents, de­bris and other haz­ards. Also, be­ware of un­sta­ble edges and check safety signs.

Only swim at beaches, rivers or lakes where swim­ming is per­mit­ted and only swim where there are other peo­ple.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit the Parks Vic­to­ria web­site www.parks.vic.gov.au

Above: A view­ing plat­form in the Ersk­ine Falls. Be­low: McKen­zie Falls in the Grampians Na­tional Park.

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