Forget everything TLC ever told you; it’s time to go chasing waterfalls. More specifically, waterfalls in Victoria. Here’s Explorer Pat Corden’s run-down of his top eight waterfalls near Melbourne and around Victoria.
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1. Wombelano Falls
Location: Kinglake National Park
Time from Melbourne: 1.5hrs
Just a hop, skip and a jump out of Melbourne, you’ll find Wombelano Falls in Kinglake National Park. This 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 your inner waterfall wanderer.
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2. Rollasons Falls
Location: Mount Buffalo National Park
Time from Melbourne: 3.5hrs
Victoria’s alpine region’s not just for winter. Rollasons Falls is halfway up Mount Buffalo and is the perfect spot to cool down after checking out some of the 90km+ of walking trails Mount Buffalo National Park has to offer. There’s 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
Time from Melbourne: 1hr 15mins
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.
For the most jaw-dropping view of the Trentham Falls, head out after there’s been a nice, healthy downpour of rain. If you want to see Trentham Falls in all its glory, we reckon the end of spring, when the days are getting warmer and the smiles are getting wider, is the best time to go.
4. MacKenzie Falls
Location: Grampians National Park
Time from Melbourne: 3.5 hrs
MacKenzie Falls flows all year round. There’s 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
Time from Melbourne: 2hr 15mins
The Great Ocean Road is well and truly the Mecca when it comes to waterfalls in Victoria. The following four waterfalls on this list are all along the same road. And there are even more to be had in between if you want to check out some of the smaller ones. You might even get a waterfall all to yourself.
Erskine Falls is the most popular waterfall in Victoria by a country mile, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s only a short drive from the 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 Falls’ beauty also come the crowds.
To escape the hordes, try your luck further along the Great Ocean Road to get to Beauchamp Falls, Hopetoun Falls or Triplet Falls.
6. Beauchamp Falls
Location: Beech Forest
Time from Melbourne: 2hrs 40mins
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 a dip.
If you’re game, swim across the waterhole to the falls and 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.
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Beauchamp Falls even has a campsite at the start of the walk, which is the perfect place to stay the weekend. That’ll give you time to check out some of the other awesome waterfalls around the Otways, such as Hopetoun Falls and Triplet Falls.
7. Hopetoun Falls
Location: Beech Forest
Time from Melbourne: 2hrs 40mins
As far as waterfalls around Victoria go, holy moly, Hopetoun Falls is a bloody beaut. She ain’t far from Beauchamp Falls, so why not hit them up on the same trip?
The pool at Hopetoun Falls isn’t as big as the one at Beauchamp Falls when it comes to 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
Time from Melbourne: 2.5hrs
Lucky last (but certainly not least) is Triplet Falls. She may not look as impressive as some of her siblings, but I’ll let you in on a little secret – she’s hands down my favourite.
The path to the falls is easy to follow, but it’s at the lower lookout that the fun begins. You can carefully climb down the side to the rocks at the bottom. From there, scramble your way up the lower falls all the way to the big waterfall up top. 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 and tuck in back at the bottom of the falls. Make sure to leave no trace of your visit behind.
Victoria’s waterfalls are gorgeous, rain, hail or shine. So what are you waiting for? Get out there, chase some waterfalls, hug some trees and fill yourself up with a healthy dose of nature’s medicine.
Feature photo by @thetantrap