This short walk to the stunning Stevensons Falls delivers serious bang for your buck and the best part is, you can bring the whole fam!
- Short hike to a 15m waterfall
- Lush temperate rainforest
- Perfect place for a picnic
A Stunning Surprise at Stevensons Falls
On a recent road trip around the Otways, my Mum and I were super keen to visit as many waterfalls as possible. Being from southwest WA, we don’t get the chance to visit much more than a trickle over a couple of rocks very often.
When we spotted Stevensons Falls on the map, we weren’t sure what to expect. This stunning, 15m high waterfall only a short, flat hike from the car park did not disappoint! Especially after at the end of a long day of hiking to waterfalls with lots of steps and hills.
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We visited in late spring so the water was still flowing steadily but even with a low flow, this waterfall would still be beautiful because of the large granite boulders that create a cascading river below.
After crossing the Gellibrand River at the car park, the hike takes you through a grove of trees and a large grassy area which would be fantastic for a picnic or a day with the fam!
Then you meander along the gently sloped riverbank on a well formed track until you reach the viewing platform at the base of the waterfall. There are plenty of other places to stop and admire the landscape on the way to the falls.
Stevensons Falls was actually one of the nicest waterfalls we visited, which was a surprise considering you don’t have too far to walk. This hike would be perfect for beginner hikers and suitable for the whole family.
Stevensons Falls free campground is close by if you’re planning a stay around the area. There’s also a longer hike you can take from the end of the campground that joins up with the short track.
While you’re there, why not enjoy some other waterfalls of the Otways and the Redwood regions.
- Sturdy shoes
- Rain jacket
- Snacks and lunch for a picnic!
- Camping gear if you plan to stay
How To Get There
From Forrest, go south on Forrest Apollo Bay road, turn right onto Upper Gellibrand road then follow it for 4.5km to the campground. Just after the campground go left over the bridge until you reach the picnic area.
Distance Covered / Duration
The short way: 500m return / 40 minutes
The long way: 4.6km return / 3 hours