Cross quaint stone arch bridges covered in moss to discover these ten metre high falls in lush forest in the upper Yarra Valley. Located around 80 km east of the Melbourne CBD,
these falls are within the Shire of Yarra Ranges, and therefore technically within the Melbourne metropolitan area. However, once at the falls, surrounded by thick, enclosed bush,
you would hardly know it. The falls themselves are a single set of cascades rather than falls, with the water in the creek splashing down and bouncing around from one exposed boulder
to the next. Relax on the wooden bench at the base and let yourself be mesmerised by the rushing water.
Above: The La La Falls cascade in Warburton
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The walk to the falls is a gradual ascent of 1.6 km (each way) on a reasonably wide track. The forest walk is enjoyable in its own right, with the falls providing
the icing on the cake at the end of the trail.
Apart from the scenery and bird life in the forest, another unique feature of this walk are the stone arch bridges along the way. There are several of them, with the
last one allowing you to cross the creek below the falls. The forest has grown into the stones, which look like they could easily house little
trolls or other such magical creatures. From an engineering point of view, they have been expertly constructed by skilled stonemasons, with the bridges still standing after
such a long time. Given how low they are, I would imagine they would be easily overtopped during minor floods.
Above: A stone arch bridge at La La Falls, Warburton
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The last section of road to the falls is unsealed, but suitable for 2WD vehicles under most weather conditions. There are only a few parking spaces beside the
road at the start of the walk, and only a single picnic table beside the road, so it is probably best to head down to Warburton for lunch before or after your visit to these falls,
rather than trying to have a picnic at the falls. Lastly, don't forget to bring some insect repellent, as there were some mozzies buzzing around at the falls on my visit.
Here is a video of the falls, taken in the early afternoon in October, when the creek was flowing after a few millimetres of rain earlier in the week,
but was not in flood. The video includes some walking track notes:
Your Seasonal Guide:
|The highest flows typically occur in winter and spring. There is no flow data at this site, but the nearest
similar catchment suggest the falls will still have a trickle in most summers.
||Visit in the afternoon when the sun will better penetrate through the gap in the canopy to illuminate
Other Information Before You Go:
Irruka Road, Warburton, 80 km (approx. 90 minute drive) east of the Melbourne CBD.
From Melbourne head along the Maroondah Hwy (route 34) and then the Warburton Hwy (route B380) to Warburton. From Warbuton,
follow the signs to the falls via Park Road, then La La Ave and Old Warburton Road to Irruka Road. The falls are a further 1.6 km by
foot from the roadside parking on Irruka Road.
Four Mile Creek
Swimming available at the falls:
No, but you can dip the soles of your feet in the water.
Roadside parking for a handful of cars, and a single picnic table next to the road. No facilities at the falls except
for a single bench seat.
Shade available at the falls and along most of the walking track
There is no wheelchair access to the falls
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No prohibitions are specified on site
No camping is available at the roadside car park or the falls. If you are planning to stay
overnight in the area, you can try
accommodation at Buttercup Hill
which is a 3 minute (1.6 km) drive from the falls car park, or other
accommodation in nearby Warburton
Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Stop off at Seville Water Play
on the way up to Warburton.
Before you head out, make sure you read the
waterfall safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
Specific to this site, bring some insect repellent for the mosquitos.
The marker indicates the approximate location of the roadside parking where the walk to the falls starts.
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