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Stanley Park Falls, Mt Macedon, VIC
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If rain overshadows your visit to the gardens of Mount Macedon, or you simply cannot find anywhere to park your car within coo-ee of Tieve Tara, head to this readily accessible, pleasant little bush waterfall at the base of the mountain instead. Once known as Waterfall Paddock due to the open grassy space near the falls, it is a great addition to any day trip to Mount Macedon, complete with plenty of car spaces, undercover barbecues, a kids playground and a sizeable waterfall. Stanley Park Falls in Macedon Above: Stanley Park Falls after modest rainfall in Autumn (Order gifts or prints of this image)

To reach the falls, it is best to park on the western side of the creek next to the playground. From there, the viewing platform at the top of falls is only a short thirty metre stroll across the paddock.
At low flows you can see the square cutting that the creek has made through the rock, which it funnels through before launching itself over the cliff edge. At high flows after rainfall, the viewing platform provides a close hand view of the rushing water. The cutting upstream of Stanley Park Falls in Macedon Above: The stream cutting through the rock upstream of Stanley Park Falls (Order gifts or prints of this image)

To reach the base of the falls, head down the stone steps. They can be easy to overlook initially, so look out for the sign that simply says "Waterfall", which points you in the right direction. The track takes you on a short walk through the bush, before looping around back to the creek. There is a fair bit of natural debris at the bottom of the falls, so it is a bit difficult to reach the water, especially if it is wet, but there are uninterrupted views of the falls from the viewing area, a few metres back from the water.

Here is a video of the falls in autumn on a fine day, but after moderate rainfall earlier in the week. The flow over the falls was enough to make the visit worthwhile:



Having visited Mount Macedon several times without knowing these waterfalls existed, I was quite pleasantly surprised by them, particularly given the proximity to the falls of the two viewing areas. I would make it a definite stopping point when visiting the gardens in spring, especially if it has been raining.
Your Seasonal Guide:
Best Time of Year to Visit:Best Time of Day to Visit:
Reliable flow in winter/spring. The falls can dry up in summer/autumn. The falls are in shadow most of the day, with your best chance to see sunlight on the falls in the middle of the day.
Other Essential Information:
Location: Stanley Park Bushland Reserve, Salisbury Road, Mount Macedon, 65 km (approx. 1 hr drive) north-west of the Melbourne CBD.
Latitude:-37.405404 Longitude:144.579625
Getting there: Exit north from the Western Fwy (M8) at Macedon along the Mount Macedon Rd (C322). Travel for 6 km and then turn left into Bingarra Lane, just as you begin the ascent up the mountain. Turn left when you reach Salisbury Road, continuing past the first car park (at the toilets), driving over the creek bridge, until you reach the second car park at the playground. Both car parks are signposted, and the turnoff from the Mount Macedon Road also has a little sign to Stanley Park. From the car park, it is about a 30 metre walk to the falls.
Water source: Turitable Creek
Approx. height: 5 to 10 metres

Approx. width: 1-3 m depending on flow conditions
Approx. length: Vertical drop
Swimming available at the falls: No
Facilities: Car park, toilets (on the other side of the creek), sheltered barbecues, picnic tables, information boards, drinking fountain, kids playground. There are no rubbish bins, so bring a spare plastic bag to take your rubbish home.
Entrance fee: Not applicable
Opening times: Always open
Sun shade: Shade available at the base of the falls and in the picnic area
Wheelchair access: Yes to picnic area and view of the falls from the picnic area. No to the top and base of the falls.
Prohibitions: Dogs must be on a lead, pick up after your dog, no horses, no portable bbqs, no firewood, no motorbike riding, fires prohibited, no smoking in the toilets, no smoking in the playground.
Accommodation Options: There is no camping available at Stanley Park and no camping in the nearby Macedon Regional Park. If you are planning to stay overnight in the area you can try accommodation in Mount Macedon.
Managing authority: Macedon Ranges Shire Council
Nearby attractions: Hanging Rock, around the back of Mount Macedon, about 15 km to the north.
Before you head out, make sure to read the waterfall safety information. Specific to this site, the managing authority advises (i) parental supervision is required in the paddock and near the waterfalls, (ii) not to proceed beyond the viewing platform at the top of the falls and (iii) that there are unprotected cliff edges near the top of the falls.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the location of the car park at the falls.
Change of Conditions:
The base of the falls was fenced off for revegetation on my last visit, but you could still view the falls well from behind the wire fence. Apart from this, 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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