Stare up at the cliff face from a viewpoint near the base of these waterfalls within walking distance of Halls Gap. If you want to see water,
make sure it has been raining lately, otherwise these falls will only have a few drops seeping down the rock face.
Above: Clematis Falls
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The falls are impressive in height with a series of rounded basalt faces lined with weathered cracks guiding the water down. The character of
the falls changes significantly depending on the rainfall conditions. When dry in summer and autumn, you can rock hop carefully down to the base of the falls and
stare straight up.
In winter and spring when Indigo Creek is flowing, the falls spread across different parts of the rock face at different elevations. In wetter conditions you
need to be content with viewing the falls from the little perch of rocks off to one side, as it is likely to be too slippery to rock hop down to the base.
Above: Kangaroos beside the walk to Clematis Falls
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Whilst the falls were not particularly impressive in summer, the walk was relatively pleasant along a wide, well-maintained track for most of the way,
noting that the last 100 metres or to the falls is quite steep and rocky.
I did enjoy wandering past the mob of kangaroos, lazing about beside the track in the early morning.
On the return walk, an hour or so later, the kangaroos had already dispersed for the day. This walk is good for some exercise if you are staying in Halls Gap
and have done most of the other nearby walks, or as part of a longer walk up to Chatauqua Peak that overlooks Halls Gap.
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Winter through to early summer, because the falls dry up in late summer and autumn in most years.
|Visit in the middle of the day to see the most sunlight on the falls.
Other Information Before You Go:
Halls Gap Recreation Reserve, Mt Victory Rd, Halls Gap, 280 km
(approx. 3.5 hrs drive) west of the Melbourne CBD.
From Halls Gap head west along Mt Victory Road for 100 metres, then swing right into the
car park behind the oval, where you can see the start of the walk. The falls are a 2.4 km return
walk from the car park along the Chatauqua Peak Walk.
Coarsely estimated at around 20-30 metres.
5 m (near vertical)
Swimming available at the falls:
Car park, rubbish bins at the start of the walk
Limited to no shade available at the falls
All of the various prohibitions for the Grampians National Park apply here. Specific to Clematis Falls there are no dogs, no fishing, no bicycles, no vehicles, no pets, no firearms,
no camping, no fires, no generators, no swimming and no horses.
Nearby attractions: MacKenzie Falls
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 advises that there are
cliff edges, slippery rocks, that children are at risk, and that there is steep walking.
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