Ladies Bath Falls, Mount Buffalo VIC
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Ladies Bath Falls was a popular stopping place for ladies in the late 19th and early 20th century, as they travelled up to Mount Buffalo, particularly after the Mount Buffalo Chalet was built in 1910. The falls are located over a small ridge, which provided some seclusion from passers-by on the Mount Buffalo Road. The downside of this seclusion is that the falls are usually at least partially in shade. Ladies Bath Falls at the base of Mount Buffalo Above: Ladies Bath Falls in Autumn after light rainfall earlier in the week

The walk to the falls is 400 metres from the Mount Buffalo Road and includes a handful of steps. The falls are immediately to your right as you descend over the first ridge. To reach the base of the falls, you will need to scramble over some large granite boulders and loose stones, so try and keep your hands free to steady yourself as you walk.
The water squeezes out through a gap in the rocks at the top of the ridge, and then cascades its way down onto several well rounded, caramel coloured boulders before coming to rest in a tranquil, crystal clear pool. This pool at the base of the falls is suitable for bathing, however be warned that the water is extremely cold given that it only infrequently sees the sun.

Here is a video of the falls, taken late morning in Autumn after light rainfall earlier in the week, when the creek was still flowing but not in flood:

Your Seasonal Guide:
Best Time of Year to Visit:Best Time of Day to Visit:
Reliable flow all year except during summer/autumn in drought years. Visit in late December when the sun will be at its highest point in the sky to see more of the falls in sunshine. Visit early morning to midday to see more of the falls in sunshine.
Other Essential Information:
Location: Mount Buffalo Road, Mount Buffalo National Park, 330 km (approx. 4 hr drive) north-east of the Melbourne CBD.
Latitude:-36.717543 Longitude:146.838894
Getting there: From Melbourne take the Hume Fwy (M31) to Snow Road (C522), just past Glenrowan. Head east along Snow Road then south along the Great Alpine Road (B500) to Porepunkah. At the roundabout over the bridge, take the Mount Buffalo Road (C535) towards the National Park. The car park for the falls is roughly 2.5 km from the park entrance, just after the first sharp bend. Ladies Bath Falls are a 400 m walk over a small ridge.
Water source: Crystal Brook
Approx. height: 20-30 m
Approx. width: 2-5 m, depending on flow conditions
Approx. length: Near verticle drop
Swimming available at the falls: Yes, swimming and bathing available
Facilities: A handful of car spaces. No other facilities.
Entrance fee: None
Opening times: Always open
Sun shade: Shade available on the walking track and at the falls
Wheelchair access: None
Prohibitions: No pets, no bicycles, no horses, no motorbikes, no firearms, take your rubbish home with you.
Accommodation options: There is no camping at Ladies Bath Falls. Camping is available only in designated areas, the closest of which is up on the Mount Buffalo plateau at Lake Catani. Alternatively, you can look for accommodation in nearby Porepunkah (or Bright), which is around 6 km from the national park entrance.
Managing authority: Parks Victoria
Nearby attractions: Eurobin Falls is on the same walking track
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 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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