Forget everything TLC ever told you; it’s time to go chasing waterfalls. More specifically, Victorian waterfalls. Given the climate down south, waterfalls in Victoria sometimes get less attention than their more northerly cousins but they’re just as mind-blowing. The weather’s hotting up for summer and now is the perfect time to go waterfall wandering. Here’s Explorer Pat Corden’s run-down of his top eight Victorian waterfalls near Melbourne and beyond.
# 1 Wombelano Falls
Just a hop, skip and a jump out of Melbourne, Wombelano Falls is in Kinglake National Park. The 30m waterfall is located on a 1.5km circuit walk and surrounded by old growth trees. It’s a pretty slippery affair, but if you’re up for it you can make your way down to the base of the falls.
Only 65km from Melbourne, it makes a pretty good day trip for you closet tree-huggers who just can’t wait to release you inner waterfall wanderer.
# 2 Rollason Falls
The Alpine region’s not just for winter. Rollasons Falls are half way up Mount Buffalo, and the perfect spot to cool down after checking out some of the more than 90km of walking trails Mount Buffalo has to offer. There is a little creek to explore, some cliffs to jump off and a couple of rocks to sunbathe on. What more could you ask for?
# 3 Trentham Falls
If you catch Trentham Falls at the right time of year, it’s flipping amazing. The water cascades out over an overhanging cliff-face, so you can actually walk behind the waterfall. Well ladies and gentlemen, the right time of year is coming up right now. There has been plenty of rain to fill up those rivers, and over the next few weeks the days are going to get just that little bit longer, the sun is getting warmer and our smiles will be getting wider. So if you want to see Trentham Falls in all their glory, spring (or early summer) is the time. Get on it.
# 4 MacKenzie Falls
The Grampians already have some groovy mountains, rock climbing and an epic multiday walk. But of course it wouldn’t be complete without a waterfall too. MacKenzie Falls flows all year round and there is a path that takes you all the way down to the bottom of the falls where you can dip your toes in the freezing water. While you’re there, you might also want to check out the famous Venus Pools and some of the other smaller but equally beautiful waterfalls in the park.
# 5 Erskine Falls
The Great Ocean Road is well and truly the Mecca of Victorian waterfalls. The next four waterfalls in this list are all along this road. However there are even more to be had if you want to check out some of the smaller ones in between. You might even get one all to yourself.
Erskine Falls is the most popular by a country mile, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s only a short drive from beautiful seaside town of Lorne, and the walk is accessible to almost everyone. You can climb all the way down to the falls, and even have a dip in the pool at the bottom. However, with Erskine Fall’s popularity also come the crowds. To escape the hordes, try further along the Great Ocean Road to get to Beauchamp Falls, Hopetoun Falls or Triplet Falls.
# 6 Beauchamp Falls
Beauchamp Falls is a doozy. Surrounded by ferns, mossy trees and big ol’ rocks, you’ll feel as if you’ve gone back in time. If you’re willing to have a little scramble, you can make your way right down to the falls, and for the really brave amongst you, even have a dip. If you’re game, swim across the waterhole to the falls and have a jump off the rocks. Fair warning though, the water is freezing, the rocks are slippery and the depth can vary so make sure you check before jumping; but if all’s well you should totally do it.
Beauchamp Falls even has a campsite at the start of the walk, which is the perfect place to stay the weekend. This will give you time to check out so other awesome Victorian waterfalls such as Hopetoun Falls and Triplet Falls. The campsite has well maintained drop toilets but no fresh water.
# 7 Hopetoun Falls
Hopetoun Falls is next up on our list of Victorian Waterfalls and holy moly is she a beaut. She ain’t far from Beauchamp Falls, so why not hit them up on the same trip?
Hopetoun Falls doesn’t have as big of a pool as Beauchamp Falls for swimming but it’s pretty ace to check out and great for a scramble around the rocks. Some people have been known to climb up around the side of the waterfall to the top and explore behind, but it can be very slippery and steep, so be very careful if you choose to do so.
# 8 Triplet Falls
Our last Victorian waterfall on this little jaunt is Triplet Falls. She may not look as impressive as some of the others, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: she’s hands down my favourite.
Again, the path to the falls is easy to follow, but at the lower lookout the fun begins. You can carefully climb down the side to the rocks at the bottom. From there, scramble your way (with care!) up the lower falls all the way to the big waterfall. On the way up there are a bunch of little pools to hop in, logs to slither along and even a few little natural waterslides. After an hour or so of scrambling around, you might be ready for some grub, so pack a lunch with you and eat it at the bottom of the falls. Make sure to leave no trace of your visit behind.
Winter is clearing, spring is getting into gear and summer is just round the corner. So what are you waiting for? Get out there, hunt some Victorian waterfalls, hug some trees and fill yourself up with a healthy dose of nature’s medicine.
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