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.
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.
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
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:
|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:
Croajingolong National Park, Princes Hwy (A1), 4 km west of Genoa and 490 km (approx. 6 hour drive) east of the Melbourne CBD.
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.
Fall of around 10 metres in several sections with maximum vertical drops of around 2 metres
1-5 metres, depending on flow conditions
Swimming available at the falls:
Limited shade at the falls, so bring sun protection
No cats or dogs, no camping, no fires
There is no camping at Genoa Falls. If you are staying overnight in the area, you can look for
accommodation in nearby Mallacoota
which is around 27 km south-east of the falls down the Mallacoota-Genoa Rd (C617). There is also a nice but basic 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.
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.
The marker indicates the location of the car park at the falls.
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