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.
Above: Buckley Falls and Buckley Falls Weir from below the falls
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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.
Above: Buckley Falls Weir on Buckley Falls
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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:
|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:
Buckley Falls Park, Buckley Falls Road, Highton, 5 km west of the Geelong city centre.
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.
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.
Car park, viewing platform, rubbish bins, benches, walking track, lawn area, picnic tables (at the picnic area).
There is shade available at the picnic area and along the walking trail. Limited shade at the viewing platform.
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.
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.
City of Greater Geelong, with assistance from local volunteers the Friends of Buckley Falls
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.
The marker indicates the location of the car park at the viewing platform at the falls.
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