W Tree Falls, East Gippsland, VIC
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What does the W in W Tree Falls stand for? At this spot on the side of the Gelantipy Road north of Buchan you can ponder all the W's floating around you: water, warmth and a welcoming breeze. For anyone heading up to the nearby buddhist retreat at W Tree, stop off here for your last practice session of meditation. Alternatively, if you're heading up to the high country, this pocket of warm temperate rainforest is a teaser of the wilderness areas up ahead. W Tree Falls north of Buchan in East Gippsland To view the falls, pull over onto the shoulder of the road about fifty metres before you reach the W Tree Creek bridge. There is a small information board on the side of the road that tells you about the native flora and fauna in the area, but nothing else, so you could easily drive past it if you are not paying attention. The falls are located within the Dawson-Murrindal Nature Conservation Reserve.
From the wayside stop you can see the full length of the falls from above. The falls split into two to four streams depending on the flow, with several small ledges on which the water re-groups and then splits again. You can walk out onto the rock platform above the falls, and peer over the edge if you are very careful. You can scramble down to the tiny pool at the bottom, but it's a tricky descent and I wouldn't recommend it unless you are well prepared.

Even after an internet search I still don't know what the W stands for, so you'll just have to use your imagination. If you have any suggestions, I'm happy to table them on this web page.

Here is a video of the falls, taken in the early afternoon in January the day after a summer storm:

Your Seasonal Guide:
Best Time of Year to Visit:Best Time of Day to Visit:
Winter through to early summer, because the falls may dry up in late summer and autumn in dry years. Visit any time - the falls will be in shade most of the day due to their orientation, so no particular time is better than any other.
Other Essential Information:
Location: Dawson-Murrindal Nature Conservation Reserve, Gelantipy Road (C608), 20 km north of Buchan and 380 km (approx. 4.5 hour drive) east of the Melbourne CBD.
Latitude:-37.370344 Longitude:148.219442
Getting there: Look out for the wayside turnout just before the W Tree Creek sign on Gelantipy Road. There is a little track next to the sign that leads out onto the rock plateau above the falls.
Water source: W Tree Creek
Approx. height: Fall of around 20 metres (I may have exaggerated this in the video when I was peering over the edge)
Approx. width: 5 metres
Approx. length: Vertical drop
Swimming available at the falls: No. The tiny pool at the bottom is too hard to safely reach for most people.
Facilities: None
Entrance fee: Not applicable
Opening times: Always open
Sun shade: Full shade at the falls most of the time
Wheelchair access: None
Prohibitions: None specified on site, but given it's in a nature conservation reserve, I'd expect the no cats and dogs rule will probably apply
Accommodation Options: Camping is not available at the falls. If you are planning to stay overnight in the area, you can try accommodation in nearby Buchan, approximately 20 km south of the falls. I have stayed at both the campground and the Buchan Valley Log Cabins (as a paying customer) and enjoyed both.
Managing authority: Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Nearby attractions: Visit Buchan Caves Reserve
Before you head out, make sure to read the waterfall safety information.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the approximate location of 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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