Waterfalls in Western Victoria
Waterfall Seasons of Australia - The Waterfall Guide

 
This seasonal guide to waterfalls in Western Victoria recommends the best time of year and the best time of day to visit each waterfall using hydrologic knowledge to get the most out of your visit. It ensures you have the best chance of seeing water flowing over the falls in full sun. Compiled by hydrologist Brad Neal, the guide also includes information about how to get there, facilities available, viewing angles, waterfall dimensions, swimming opportunities, a photo/video and my personal impressions. I have personally visited and photographed all of the waterfalls on this website.
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Central West Victoria
An elevated hole in the side of the hill blows water out into Sailors Creek at the site of an old gold mining tunnel. Visit after heavy rain to see The Blowhole gushing at its best from the viewing platform next to the tunnel outlet… Sailors Falls is a semi-circular sink in the landscape, with tall exposed columns of basalt, over which Sailors Creek falls. Gotta love the mineral spring here too, which are the best tasting that I have experienced in the region…
Whilst other waterfalls in Victoria may be taller in terms of their total height, Trentham Falls lays claim to being Victoria's tallest vertical drop waterfall, with a single curtain of water falling over a basalt cliff that stands 32 metres high… This large, serene billabong is surrounded by rock walls on three sides and a waterfall more than ten metres high. It gets busy with swimmers on a hot day, but even so, it's not the easiest place to find, so read on for directions…
The Otways (South West Victoria)
Carisbrook Falls is a short, moderately steep walk up from the Great Ocean Road, alongside the Carisbrook Creek valley. Enjoy the exercise, admire the terrain, listen to the rushing water, but bring some binoculars if you want a good look at the falls… Perhaps Victoria's most popular waterfall, this tall, lush waterfall is at the back of Lorne, just off the Great Ocean Road tourist trail. Be prepared for some shortness of breath on your way back up, both for you and your car… This relatively unknown, long and broad lava flow is great fun to scramble over, in and out of the little rivulets that wind their way down the rock face. Follow it upstream and around the corner to the top of the rocks… The near vertical rock walls on all sides create a beautiful little grotto. The walking track to the falls has been closed for a few years because of the risk falling gum trees, but the falls are still there just waiting patiently for the track to be re-opened one day… 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. The walk through lush rainforest is however very enjoyable, with sections of steep terrain, creek crossings and an old mill site… This waterfall is easy to access from the Great Ocean Road, with amazing views of the coastline along the walk in. The jet black rocks curve both vertically and horizontally. Well worth a visit if you are staying in Lorne or travelling along the Great Ocean Road, but only when the falls are flowing… Stevensons Falls is a reliable, powerful waterfall on the Gellibrand River, nestled in lush rainforest in the Otway Ranges. If it has been raining, expect lots of spray floating on the updrafts generated by the crashing water. Lovely picnic area and campground nearby…
The Grampians (Western Victoria)
Burrong Falls in the Grampians is a quaint series of shallow, rectangular steps over which the water cascades gently. A little off the main road, they are worth the detour if you enjoy the waterfall less visited… This is the most powerful waterfall in the Grampians with a reliable source of water from upstream Lake Wartook. Water flows over the broad rock face into a small, right angled gorge. The tourist infrastructure here has taken a battering from floods and bushfires, but the falls have stood resilient… If you visit at the right time of year, you can literally watch the water from this horsetail fall disappear into the dry creek bed, right under your feet in what can only be described as one of nature's neat magic tricks…

If you are planning a half or full day trip from Western Victoria to other parts of Victoria, you can also visit waterfalls in North East Victoria, waterfalls in Gippsland, or waterfalls in Melbourne.

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