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Genoa Falls, East Gippsland, VIC
Waterfall Seasons of Australia - The Waterfall Guide

I had driven past the track to Genoa Falls dozens of times before I realised that they were even there. They are hidden at the end of a short, unnamed and unsigned dirt road directly off the Princes Hwy. Hundreds of cars would pass this spot every day on their way between the south coast of New South Wales and Gippsland in Victoria. Genoa Falls on Genoa Creek off the Princes Hwy Above: The main cascade at Genoa Falls (Order this image)

The falls consist of a wide open, moderately sloping basalt shelf interspersed with several small waterfalls of around 1-2 metres in height. In dry weather you can walk over the length and breadth of the falls. The flow splits into two paths downstream of the first fall, with the far path mostly hidden from view behind boulders and brush.
The water has a brown hue, possibly from iron in the rock and natural tannens in the water. There is a bit of algae growing along the moister sections of the rock, so be careful of your footing there. Genoa Falls on Genoa Creek off the Princes Hwy Above: Sheet flow over the rock shelf at Genoa Falls (Order this image)

The falls are a good rest stop for long distance travellers, but apart from the car park and the walking track to the falls, there are no facilities here, so don't expect it to be a toilet break. It is an opportunity to stretch your legs and see something different along the highway without losing too much down time from your journey. If you are travelling in summer, have the fly repellent handy.

Here is a video of the falls, taken in the early afternoon in January, when the creek was flowing steadily, but not in flood:

Your Seasonal Guide:
Best Time of Year to Visit:Best Time of Day to Visit:
Winter through to early summer, because the falls may dry up in late summer and autumn in dry years. Visit any time of the day - the falls are wide and orientated at different angles, so there will always be part of the falls in full sun.
Other Information Before You Go:
Location: Croajingolong National Park, Princes Hwy (A1), 4 km west of Genoa and 490 km (approx. 6 hour drive) east of the Melbourne CBD.
Latitude:-37.481164 Longitude:149.554670
Getting there: The access road to the falls is unnamed and unmarked. From the Genoa Creek Track turnoff, head 200 metres north east towards Genoa along the Princes Hwy until you see a dirt road. There is a green post with a picture of a bushwalker on it. Follow this road for 200 metres to the Genoa Falls car park, which is signposted. The track at the eastern end of the car park leads a few hundred metres down to the falls.
Water source: Genoa Creek
Approx. height: Fall of around 10 metres in several sections with maximum vertical drops of around 2 metres

Approx. width: 1-5 metres, depending on flow conditions
Approx. length: 100 metres
Swimming available at the falls: No
Facilities: Car park
Entrance fee: Not applicable
Opening times: Always open
Sun shade: Limited shade at the falls, so bring sun protection
Wheelchair access: None
Prohibitions: No cats or dogs, no camping, no fires
Accommodation options: There is no camping at Genoa 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. There is also a free camping ground with unpowered sites on the Genoa River, roughly 5 km to the east of the falls, just after you pass over the bridge at Genoa, on a first come first served basis.
Nearby accommodation option:Distance from falls:
Shady Gully Caravan Park 25 km
Blue Waters Cottages 26 km
Gowings 27 km
Managing authority: Parks Victoria
Nearby attractions: Towering sand dunes in Croajingolong National Park
Before you head out, make sure to read the waterfall safety information and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the location of the car park at the falls. If the map is not zoomed in locally, as can occur with some browsers, simply refresh this web page.
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