Steavenson Falls, Marysville VIC
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At 84 metres high, Steavenson Falls is Victoria's tallest cascading waterfall. The falls are split into roughly five cascades, with the last of these plunging into a small, picturesque rock pool. The falls are nestled into the surrounding mountains, which are covered in native forest. The falls can be enjoyed by day, or viewed for a fun or romantic occasion by night, with the falls being floodlit until 11 pm every night of the week. To reach the falls it is a 350 metre walk from the car park along a wide, compacted gravel path that is also well lit of an evening. Steavenson Falls in Marysville The viewing platforms have been rebuilt after the 2009 bushfires which decimated the area. The new platforms offer some fantastic views from the base of the falls on either side of the river. The western side of the river provides the closest access to the falls, with a steel deck that juts out over the plunge pool, almost directly in front of the base of the falls. Alternative views can be found both on the alcove at the edge of the plunge pool on the eastern side of the river, and from the pedestrian bridge that you cross to reach it.
For those wanting to experience a bit more vertigo, the platform at the top of the falls is perched almost on the edge of the precipice. To reach that viewing area, it's a several hundred metre trek up the side of the mountain along the Tree Fern Gully Track. The path is well defined, but the steep grade will test your fitness. The good news is that as you near the top, there is be plenty of reason to pause and take in the expansive views of the downstream Steavenson River valley.
Your Seasonal Guide:
Best Time of Year to Visit:Best Time of Day to Visit:
Reliable flow all year round except in drought years, when flow over the falls in summer and autumn can reduce to a trickle Visit at twilight to see the falls change in character from day to night. For daytime visitors, the falls will be in full sun in the afternoon.
Essential Information Before You Go:
Location: Falls Rd, Marysville, 100 km (approx. 1 hr 30 min drive) north east of the Melbourne CBD.
Latitude: -37.532416 Longitude: 145.773646
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, follow the signs to the falls along Pack St and then Falls Rd. The falls are 4 km from Marysville.
Water source: Steavenson River
Approx. height: 84 m
Approx. width: 1-5 m, depending on flow conditions
Approx. length: 150 m
Swimming available at the falls: No. There is a pool at the base of the falls but swimming is prohibited because it is upstream of the town water supply.
Facilities: Public toilets, car parking, picnic tables, fire pit remote from the water
Entrance fee: None
Opening times: Always open
Sun shade: Shade available in some areas, but parts of the walking track and some of the viewing platforms are not shaded.
Wheelchair access: Wheelchair accessible paths to the base of the falls. Wheelchair accessible toilets. No wheelchair access to the top of the falls.
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: No pets. No bicycles.
Accommodation options: There is no camping available at Steavenson Falls. If you are plannig to stay overnight in the area, you can try accommodation in nearby Marysville, which is around 4 km north-east of the falls.
Managing authority: Parks Victoria
Nearby attractions: Keppel Falls and Phantom Falls, both on Lady Talbot Drive on the other side of Marysville, or for a splash on a hot day with the kids visit Gallipoli Park in town.
Before you head out, make sure to read the waterfall safety information
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate 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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