At a total height of 59 metres, Agnes Falls is the tallest waterfall in Gippsland and one of the highest in the State. The
falls drop over several tiers of different width and shape, including several reclining horsetails and plunging waterfalls
(curtains) that would be worth viewing in their own right.
Above: Agnes Falls during moderate flow conditions in mid Autumn
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Clear views of the falls are available from behind a waist high fence at two spots on the perched ledge that overlooks the
downstream ravine. The gorge is steeply incised for some distance downstream and has quite a breathtaking drop from beside
the falls and looking down the valley towards the wind turbines in the distance. The walking track runs adjacent to the falls,
so you can catch glimpses through gaps in the trees of the falls from upstream, next to the drop and from an elevated position
downstream. There is no access to the water or the base of the falls.
Construction of an elevated, cantilevered walkway is due to commence around September 2018. This is an exciting
development that I believe will significantly enhance the viewing experience at the falls. I can't wait to step out onto it once construction
The picnic spot upstream of the falls is set in an open area, in amongst towering blue gums, with
one of the best tables perfect for a short or long break, right next to a tranquil bend of the river. The picnic area is
within earshot of the rushing water, but you cannot see the falls while having your lunch.
The facilities are kept in pretty good nick by the Friends of Agnes Falls (FoAF) in conjunction with the managing authority. The FoAF are an active,
local community group who hold regular open days and working bees at the falls. They also promote the falls as a tourist destination and
lobbied hard for the facilities that you can now enjoy, and for the exciting additions to the viewing area that are proposed for the future.
You can find out more about them by visiting the Friends of Agnes Falls
They are a fine example of how an enthusiatic community can organise itself to achieve great outcomes for a region.
Here is a video of the falls, taken mid-afternoon in Autumn, when the river was flowing steadily, but not in flood:
The most commonly expressed claim to fame of these waterfalls is that they are the "highest single span waterfall
in Victoria", as proclaimed at an information board on site by the managing authority. I was intrigued about what that might mean?
After doing a web search on "single span waterfall", curiously all of
the top 10 Google responses except one related only to Agnes Falls and none defined this particular phrase. Common definitions used to describe waterfalls
do not refer to the number of spans as a descriptor. The term "single span waterfall" is not used elsewhere to describe waterfalls and does not appear to
be defined in relation to Agnes Falls, yet it appears in almost every reference
to Agnes Falls, with only one other publisher questioning its meaning. If you have any insights into this curious
little meme, I'd be interested to hear about your thoughts below. Irrespective of this, I can confirm that Agnes Falls is definitely one of the
biggest in Victoria in terms of its combined height and width.
Your Seasonal Guide:
|There is reliable flow over the falls all year round except in extreme drought years (when you still get a trickle), with the highest
flows typically in winter and spring.
||Visit any time of the day but try to avoid visiting in the late afternoon in winter, when the steep gorge wall and tall trees can
cast a shadow over the falls.|
Other Information Before You Go:
Agnes Falls Streamside Reserve, Agnes Falls Road, Hazel Park, 11 km north-east of Toora by road and 200 km (approx. 2.5 hour drive) south-east of the Melbourne CBD.
From Melbourne take the Princes Hwy (M1) and South Gippsland Hwy (M420 and A440) to Toora. From Toora head north along Silcocks Hill Road and follow
the signs to the falls via Hazel Park Road, the Agnes River Road and Agnes Falls Road.
Fall of 59 metres in several tiers
15-30 metres, depending on flow conditions
Swimming available at the falls:
No, the weir pool above the falls forms part of a town water supply
Car park, toilets, rotunda, picnic tables, park benches
Shade available at the falls and at the picnic area upstream
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No camping, no fires, no swimming, dogs must be on a leash, take your rubbish with you,
all native plants and animals at the falls are protected
There is no camping at Agnes Falls. If you are staying overnight in the area, you can look for
accommodation in nearby Toora
which is around 11 km south-west of the falls. I stayed in a cabin at the Toora Tourist Park as a paying guest and found it great for our family with young children.
Franklin River Streamside Reserve, 14 km south-west of the falls by road.
Before you head out, make sure you read the
waterfall safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
The marker indicates the approximate location of the car park at the falls.
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