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Buckley Falls, Geelong
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Buckley Falls is a rock cascade in the Barwon River at Highton upon which a weir was constructed for the local mill. The falls spill into the Bunyip Pool, a deep circular pool in the bend of the river. This is the only waterfall in greater Geelong that I am aware of. Buckley Falls, Geelong Above: Buckley Falls and Buckley Falls Weir from below the falls (Order this image)

In total there are three cascades within walking distance along this stretch of river, all connected by a walking trail along the streamside reserve. Take a stroll along the length of the walking trail through a strip of bushland filled with cawing currawongs. The first cascade is upstream at Baums Weir, the second at Buckley Falls itself, and the third cascade is downstream opposite the mill.
There is a viewing platform high above Buckley Falls, with steps leading down to another viewing platform at the falls themselves. There is also a picnic area downstream near the lower cascade, with a car park for unloading your picnic gear. Buckley Falls, Geelong Above: Buckley Falls Weir on Buckley Falls (Order this image)

For those from Melbourne, Buckley Falls is reminiscent of Dights Falls in Collingwood, but sits inside a narrower gorge, has more of its natural cascade intact, and is more diverse in character as the seasons change. If you have never visited, it is well worth the short detour to break the drive back from the Surf Coast. For those in Geelong's ever expanding surburbs, Buckley Falls offers the opportunity for some exercise amongst nature whilst reflecting on the local industrial history and its influence on the river.

Here is a video of the falls, taken over two separate days - one when the river was flowing gently and you could walk across the falls, and a second occasion when the river was higher and the falls could not be crossed:

Your Seasonal Guide:
Best Time of Year to Visit:Best Time of Day to Visit:
Anytime of year is fine, with the falls changing in character from a gurgling cascade in summer to a raging torrent after heavy rain Anytime of the day is fine for visiting the falls, with the possibility of spectacular sunsets from the upper viewing platform
Other Information Before You Go:
Location: Buckley Falls Park, Buckley Falls Road, Highton, 5 km west of the Geelong city centre.
Latitude:-38.15147133211809 Longitude:144.30821135629256
Getting there: Coming from Melbourne, exit the Princes Fwy (M1) at Barrabool Road (C136). Head north along Scenic Road, then west along Highett Rd and then north into Buckley Falls Road. There is a car park at the falls, 130 metres north of Highett Road, with a second car park at the picnic area 200 metres further north again.
Water source: Barwon River
Approx. height: 2 metres

Approx. width: 40 metres
Approx. length: 30 metres
Swimming available at the falls: I have seen people swimming at Buckley Falls Weir, but do not recommend it due to generally poor water quality for swimming in summer and autumn. The signs on site state no swimming, but show an icon on the sign that suggests that might relate only to dogs rather than people.
Facilities: Car park, viewing platform, rubbish bins, benches, walking track, lawn area, picnic tables (at the picnic area).
Entrance fee: None
Opening times: Always open
Sun shade: There is shade available at the picnic area and along the walking trail. Limited shade at the viewing platform.
Wheelchair access: None
Prohibitions: Dog litter must be picked up, no swimming (definitely no swimming for dogs, possibly no swimming for people too), no motor bikes, no fires. Dogs must be on a lead at all times.
Accommodation Options: There is no camping at Buckley Falls. If you want to stay overnight in the area, you can try the following options close to the falls. All distances below are by road, not as the crow flies.
Nearby accommodation option:Distance from falls:
Old World Charm 3 km
Geelong West Cottage 4 km
Riverglen Holiday Park 5 km
Further options… More than 5 km
Managing authority: City of Greater Geelong, with assistance from local volunteers the Friends of Buckley Falls.
Nearby attractions: Take a walk upstream and downstream along the river red gum trail.
Before you head out, make sure to read the waterfall safety information and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions. Specific to this site, the managing authority warns visitors to beware of snakes.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the location of the car park at the viewing platform at the falls.
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