Carisbrook Falls is a short, moderately steep walk up from the Great Ocean Road, along the edge of the Carisbrook
Creek valley. The walk is strenuous without being exhausting, and unfortunately fails to deliver great reward for the
effort, with a steep, largely inaccessible gorge separating the viewing platform from the falls, several hundred metres in the
distance. The rushing water is still close enough to hear loudly when flowing, but a pair of binoculars would be a handy accessory
to get the most out of this waterfall experience.
Above: The view across the valley to Carisbrook Falls
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There is an unofficial mountain goat track that leads from the viewing platform to the river about fifty metres down below,
but it is extremely steep and would be hard work to both descend and ascend. Unless you have your climbing ropes with you, just
enjoy the lookout, which provides an expansive view of the river valley and surrounding mountains. The walk and the viewing platform
do not provide a view of the ocean.
Despite the distance from the lookout to the falls, the combination of the tranquil sounds of falling water, the colour stains on the rocks,
the angular shapes of the surrounding mountains and the visible streaks of white water still create a sedate, relaxing experience, if you can find
some quiet time alone here.
Here is a video of the falls, taken on a sunny day in November after a relatively wet spring, when the falls were quite loud and flowing well:
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Visit during winter/spring, or after rainfall, as the falls can dry up in summer and autumn in dry years. These falls
can be very disappointing when not flowing.
||Visit from morning to mid-morning to mid-afternoon to see the sun falling directly onto the falls.|
Other Information Before You Go:
Great Otway National Park, Great Ocean Road (B100) at Wongarra, between Kennett River and Skenes Creek,
170 km south west of Melbourne (approx. 2.5 hr drive).
Along the Great Ocean Road, look for the sign to the Carisbrook Falls car park between Kennett River and Skenes Creek.
The car park is only a few metres off the road. The walk to the lookout is approximately 15 minutes from the car park.
160 m of cascades Approx. width:
Swimming available at the falls:
Limited to no shade on the walk to the falls and at the viewing platform.
No camping, no fires
There is no camping available at Carisbrook Falls.
If you are planning to stay overnight in the area, you can try
accommodation in Lorne
30 km to the north-east or
accommodation in Apollo Bay
17 km south-west of the falls.
Nearby attractions: Marriners Falls
, 28 km
to the south, inland from Apollo Bay.
Before you head out, make sure to read the
waterfall safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
The marker indicates the location of the car park at the falls.
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