Sabine Falls, VIC
Waterfall Seasons of Australia - The Waterfall Guide

 
This is a waterfall for nature lovers, fitness fanatics and history buffs, but the waterfall itself remains somewhat at a distance, even at the end of the walk. Bring a pair of binoculars in your backpack for this one to get the most of your visit. You can still see and hear the waterfalls, but it is at a distance of several hundred metres on the other side of a ridiculously steep, thickly vegetated valley. According to the managing authority, this is the tallest waterfall in the Otways. View of Sabine Falls in the Otway Ranges Above: The view of Sabine Falls

The walk through lush rainforest is however very enjoyable, with sections of steep terrain, creek crossings and an old mill site. If you are looking for a walk to test your fitness without completely exhausting you, this could be it. The first two thirds of the walk are relatively flat, but with lots of natural obstacles such as fallen logs to climb over and under, and tree fern fronds to dodge and weave through.
The last third of the walk is very steep as you climb down into two gullies before rising again for the final stretch towards the falls. Fortunately the track here has few obstacles, so it is really only a test of your fitness, rather than your agility here.

One spot to look out for is the old mill site, roughly half way along the track. There is no sign of the mill itself, but you can clearly see the rock cuttings that would have been used to channel the water that drove the mill. The picnic area at the Sabine Falls car park Above: The picnic area at the Sabine Falls car park

Here is a video of the falls, taken on a sunny day in November after a relatively wet spring, when the falls were flowing well, which also gives you a good sense of what the walk is like:

Your Seasonal Guide:
Best Time of Year to Visit:Best Time of Day to Visit:
Visit on a dry day in late spring or early summer, when the falls will be flowing large and loud enough to take notice of, but when you won't have to contend with brushing off wet tree fern fronds or deep creek crossings Visit near the middle of the day to allow the forest to dry out and to have the best chance of seeing sunlight on the falls
Other Essential Information:
Location: Great Otway National Park, Sunnyside Road, Mount Sabine, 180 km south west of Melbourne (approx. 2.5 hr drive).
Latitude:-38.632765 Longitude:143.739418
Getting there: From Barramunga, head south for 10 km along the Forrest-Apollo Bay Road and turn left into Sunnyside Rd. Follow this road for 2.3 km, then turn right through the pine plantation. The picnic area is a further 1.4 km along this gravel road, that as suitable for 2WD vehicles at the time of my visit. The walk to the falls is approximately 3.6 km (up to 2.5 hrs) return from the car park.
Water source: Smythe Creek
Approx. height: 120 m of cascades     Approx. width: 5-20 m
Approx. length: 180 m
Swimming available at the falls: No
Facilities: Car park, picnic tables, lawn area (overgrown at time of visit)
Entrance fee: None
Opening times: Always open
Sun shade: Shade available along most of the walk to the falls and at the viewing platform.
Wheelchair access: None
Prohibitions: No horseriding, no trail bikes, no dogs, fires may only be lit in fireplaces provided (none provided that I could see).
Accommodation Options: There are no designated campsites at the Sabine Falls picnic area or along the walk. The nearest designated camping area is back at Stevensons Falls, 15 km to the north. If you are planning to stay overnight in the area, you can also try accommodation in Apollo Bay, 30 km to the south of the falls.
Managing authority: Parks Victoria
Nearby attractions: Stevensons Falls, 15 km to the north, or Marriners Falls, 40 km to the south, inland from Apollo Bay.
Before you head out, make sure to read the waterfall safety information.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the location of the car park and picnic area at the start of the walk 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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