The Erskine River Falls are the most viewed waterfalls in the Otways and are well regarded for their height and lushness. Greenery covers almost all of the
falls, and ranges from mosses to ferns, clinging to the vertical rock wall.
Above: Lush Erskine Falls
(Order this image)
The upper viewing platform provides a commanding view of the falls and can be reached without
much effort. The lower platform is however down dozens of steps that will leave you gasping for breath on the way back up,
but it is well worth the effort, with a platform located directly in front of the falls. Bring a raincoat and expect
some spray in winter/spring. Both platforms have clear lines of sight to the falls.
You can access the river 20 m
downstream of the falls, but signs advise not to clamber over the rocks to reach the base of the falls, which are
protected by a deep, dark pool of water anyway.
There are no picnic facilities at Erskine Falls. This makes for a relatively
short visit for most people. If you want to have lunch in the forest on the way to/from the falls, the Blanket Leaf Picnic Area is located about half way along
the Erskine Falls Road. If you are energetic, the falls can be the start of a steep downhill bushwalk back to Lorne along the trail beside the Erskine River.
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Reliable flow all year except during summer/autumn in drought years
||Visit in the morning to see the falls in full sun.|
Other Information Before You Go:
Erskine Falls Access Road, 10 km north of Lorne, in the Great Otway National Park.
Follow the signs to the Erskine Falls Road from Lorne, which tend to take you around in circles a little to avoid
the steepest hills coming out of Lorne. Lorne is located along the Great Ocean Road, 140 km south-west of the Melbourne CBD (approx. 1 hr and 50
minute drive). The falls are a further 10 minute drive from Lorne. Note that the Erskine Falls Access Road
is long and steep, and Parks Victoria advise it is unsuitable for caravans and trucks.
30 m Approx. width:
Swimming available at the falls:
Car park, walking tracks, benches, information board.
Plenty of eucalypts
National park, so no cats or dogs
There is no camping at Erskine Falls. If you want to stay overnight in the area,
you can try the following options. All distances below are by road, not as the crow flies.
Film and TV:
In the 2004 anti-drugs movie One Perfect Day, the main character records a cricket chirping at Erskine Falls
Straw Falls, Splitter Falls and the Erskine River Rapids
on the walk from here to Lorne
Before you head out, make sure to read the
waterfall safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
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