Keppel Falls, Marysville VIC
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Keppel Falls near Marysville is a long set of cascades tumbling down the mountain side in the headwaters of the Taggerty River. To take in the full length of the falls, drive past the start of the Keppel Falls walking track and head about 800 metres further up Lady Talbot Drive. From the edge of the road you can see the white water running down the mountain on the other side of the valley. It's hard to appreciate the scale of the falls up close, so this little detour in the car before you start your walk will give you a sense of that. Bring a pair of binoculars or a telephoto lens if you can. Keppel Falls near Marysville The 1 km walk to the falls from the car park is relatively easy, with only a few gentle hills and the occasional fallen tree trunk to traverse. Once you reach the falls you will find a wooden platform protruding out over the river, which allows you to look up and down the cascades. It feels like the falls could be almost as long as nearby Steavenson Falls, but the terrain over which the water flows is not as steep. Apart from this unelevated viewing area at the river's edge, it is difficult to see the full length of the falls. If you push through the brush at other spots along the river, you can perch yourself on some of the boulders in the river, but these are extremely slippery and the view is not dissimilar to that at the viewing platform. On the plus side, the flow of water down the cascades is impressive, especially after rain, and the walk through the forest to get there is quite pleasant.
Your Seasonal Guide:
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Reliable flow all year round except in drought years, when flow over the falls in summer and autumn can reduce to a trickle Visit around the middle of the day to see sunlight on the falls
Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Yarra Ranges National Park, Lady Talbot Drive, Marysville, 110 km (approx. 2 hr drive) north east of the Melbourne CBD.
Latitude: -37.497067 Longitude: 145.839798
Getting there: From Melbourne take the Maroondah Hwy out past the eastern suburbs, through some incredibly tall Mountain Ash forests, up over the Black Spur. Turn off at Marysville Rd and head 10 km to Marysville. From Marysville, head through town and turn right after the bridge, towards Lake Mountain. Veer left down Lady Talbot Drive at the top of the first hill. The falls are a further 9 km along Lady Talbot Drive. From the car park it is a 1 km walk to the falls through flat and undulating terrain.
Water source: Taggerty River
Approx. height: 40 m (guestimate only)
Approx. width: 2-5 m, depending on flow conditions
Approx. length: 70 m (guestimate only)
Swimming available at the falls: No.
Facilities: A handfull of car spaces. No other facilities.
Entrance fee: None
Opening times: Always open
Sun shade: The track and the falls are mostly shaded.
Wheelchair access: None
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: No pets, no bicycles, no horses, no motorbikes, no firearms
Accommodation options: There is no camping available at Keppel Falls or along Lady Talbot Drive. If you are plannig to stay overnight in the area, you can try accommodation in nearby Marysville, which is around 11 km east of the falls.
Managing authority: Parks Victoria
Nearby attractions: Phantom Falls, also on Lady Talbot Drive, or for a splash on a hot day with the kids visit Gallipoli Park in Marysville.
Before you head out, make sure to read the waterfall safety information.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the location of the car park at the start of the walking track to the falls.
Change of Conditions:
I am not currently aware of any change of conditions reported at this site by the managing authority, or by visitors to this website. If you are visiting this waterfall and have any further updates on any change of conditions, let me know via the comment form below.
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