Waterfalls and hiking go together like boots and socks. In Victoria, if you love waterfalls you have over forty to discover. So get out of town, pack a daypack, pull on your boots and get ready to experience some of Victoria’s most beautiful waterfalls. The best time to see waterfalls in full flow is between July and November.
Mackenzie Falls: The Grampians
The Grampians are attractive to visitors for the incredible hiking paths, wildlife and rock formations. They are also a place where you can find Mackenzie Falls, one of Victoria’s tallest and most stunning waterfalls. The sedimentary rocks of the region give the water a spectacular surface to flow over and the waterfall is visible all year round. Parks Victoria has ensured that the trails to the viewing platform to see this waterfall are wheelchair accessible so this is perfect for families with young children and those with disabilities. For the more physically able, there is also a steep trail to the base of the falls.
Hikers who are interested in a quieter and more serene experience, should head to Beehive Falls, an impressive 25 metre drop. The return walking track leads to the base of the falls and takes about 90 minutes. This area is especially beautiful in spring when the wildflowers bloom and the wildlife are out and about.
Trentham: The Goldfields
Just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne, waterfall enthusiasts can find the longest single drop waterfall in Victoria. Trentham Falls has a 32 metre drop, with a viewing platform easily accessible from the car park. Unfortunately, visitors can not get close enough to feel the spray of the falls, the vegetation in the area is protected and the cliffs and surrounding rocks are unstable. Visit in winter to see the falls at their best, but rug up and bring your raincoat. This is a perfect side trip on our Daylesford and Macedon ranges tour and the country town of nearby Trentham offers fabulous dining options, and great shopping so it’s a good place to stop on the way to create a gourmet picnic.
Erskine Falls: The Otways
Tucked in 8.5kms behind trendy seaside town, Lorne, lies the short track to Erskine Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the area. The track, through pretty tree ferns and native bush, is steep in places – there are 240 steps that get you down to the base where you can view the 30 metre drop in its entirety. If you want to exert yourself a little (but not too much!), the nearby Sheoak Falls also has a one hour return track that takes you to a spectacular rock amphitheatre.
All throughout The Otways there are big and small waterfalls. If you’re on one of the oneday, two day or three day Great Ocean Road tours, make sure your guide knows you want to see these inspiring natural wonders and they will incorporate them into your trip.
Lal Lal Falls: Ballarat Region
On our Ballarat tour (which includes Sovereign Hill and a visit to the Wildlife Park) there is plenty of time for a detour to have a picnic at Lal Lal Falls. The Moorabool Falls trail leads you to a purpose built picnic and viewing area, with toilets and a playground for the kids, then on to distant views of Granite Falls. The final waterfall on the track, Moorabool Falls, has a number of viewing platforms that enable you to get up close and personal with the water spray.
Bespoke waterfall tours
If you have a penchant for waterfalls and want to spend a whole day or weekend touring Victoria to see these stunning natural wonders, hire one of our buses (and drivers) and follow your own path. Hike, swim and enjoy the beauty of nature.
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