Waterfalls in Victoria
Waterfall Seasons of Australia - The Waterfall Guide

 
This seasonal guide to waterfalls in 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.

What's new: Agnes Falls, the tallest in South Gippsland, and Silverband Falls in the Grampians.
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In Melbourne
Olinda Falls are the best waterfalls for viewing within the Dandenong Ranges on the eastern fringe of Melbourne. The falls are broken into the upper and lower falls about 180 metres apart, with a little pedestrian bridge for viewing from directly in front of the lower section… These tiny falls are in the heart of lush Sherbrooke Forest in the Dandenong Ranges. The walk to the falls is probably the star attraction here, so enjoy the fresh air staring up in admiration at the giant pillars of trees. Finish your walk at the falls, which you'll find hiding in amongst the tree ferns… Catch a train or ride your bike along the Yarra bike trail from the city centre to the only waterfalls in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. A viewing platform has recently been installed out over the edge of the river…
North East Victoria
Watch the water flow in sheets across the multi-hued, granite rock face of the eastern side of Mount Buffalo. The scale of Eurobin Falls is impressive, as it falls in two main sections over several hundred metres… Walk right up to the edge of these waterfalls, which are actually composed of two drops flanked by native bushland on either side. If you want to know whether it is best to walk from the upper or lower carparks, read on… After a short, pleasant walk through the forest, stand on the viewing platform on the edge of the river while the water tumbles over huge boulders beside you. Look up river as far as you can to the top of this long set of cascades in the headwaters of the Taggerty River… Ladies Bath Falls was a stopping point for ladies on the way up to Mount Buffalo in the late 19th and early 20th century, particulalry after the Mount Buffalo Chalet was built. It is a secluded waterfall on a small stream, situated in the shade of Mount Buffalo… Stop and listen to the rush of water, hidden somewhere under the foliage on the side of this steep mountain. Catch a glimpse or two but don't expect these elusive waterfalls to reveal too much of themselves to you… The view from these falls looking out over the Goulburn River valley can take your breath away. Feel the steel platform shake beneath your feet, right beside the main rock spout. If you want a thrill, head here when it starts raining… These are Victoria's tallest cascading waterfalls at 84 metres from top to bottom. See the character of the falls change from day to night, when the falls are floodlit up to 11 pm at night. Great for a romantic stroll after dinner… Scramble over the rockface above and beside these falls or view them from the hill opposite. No hand rails, no wooden boardwalks, it's just you and the waterfalls, up close and personal. A nice spot for the gold mining history buffs as well…
Central 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…
Gippsland (South East Victoria)
At just under 60 metres high, these are the tallest waterfalls in Gippsland. View the falls from two ledges of a steep ravine and watch the reliable flow of water make its way down the rock face in several tiers of different width and character… Most people (including me) have driven past these waterfalls, right next to the Princes Hwy, without even knowing they are there. Keep it in mind if you want a break from driving along this isolated stretch of road. To find out how to spot the turnoff, read on… What does the W stand for in W Tree Falls? Hmm, there is plenty to ponder at this wayside stop on the way to the Snowy Mountains high country. A little patch of rainforest that is a teaser of the wilderness up ahead…

If you are planning a visit to Victoria from interstate or overseas, be mindful of the variable climate. Waterfalls will be flowing at their fiercest in winter/spring (roughly Jul-Nov), but this is also the coldest time of year in this region. Visiting in late spring will see good flow over the waterfalls but without the winter chill. Waterfalls in the eastern half of the State typically have a more reliable flow than those in central and western Victoria. The exceptions to this are the Otways and the Grampians mountain ranges in western Victoria, which are wetter than the rest of western Victoria. During drought, many waterfalls in Victoria dry up completely.

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