Ladies Bath Falls was a popular stopping place for ladies in the late 19th and early 20th century, as they travelled up to Mount Buffalo, particularly
after the Mount Buffalo Chalet was built in 1910. The falls are located over a small ridge, which provided some seclusion from passers-by on the Mount Buffalo Road.
The downside of this seclusion is that the falls are usually at least partially in shade.
Above: Ladies Bath Falls in Autumn after light rainfall earlier in the week
(Order this image)
The walk to the falls is 400 metres from the Mount Buffalo Road and includes a handful of steps. The falls are immediately to your right as you descend
over the first ridge. To reach the base of the falls, you will need to scramble over some large granite boulders and loose stones, so try and keep your
hands free to steady yourself as you walk.
The water squeezes out through a gap in the rocks at the top of the ridge, and then cascades its way down onto several well rounded, caramel coloured
boulders before coming to rest in a tranquil, crystal clear pool. This pool at the base of the falls is suitable for bathing, however be warned
that the water is extremely cold given that it only infrequently sees the sun.
Here is a video of the falls, taken late morning in Autumn after light rainfall earlier in the week, when the creek was still flowing but not in flood:
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Reliable flow all year except during summer/autumn in drought years. Visit in late December when
the sun will be at its highest point in the sky to see more of the falls in sunshine.
||Visit early morning to midday to see more of the falls in sunshine.|
Other Information Before You Go:
Mount Buffalo Road, Mount Buffalo National Park, 330 km (approx. 4 hr drive) north-east of the Melbourne CBD.
From Melbourne take the Hume Fwy (M31) to Snow Road (C522), just past Glenrowan. Head east along Snow
Road then south along the Great Alpine Road (B500) to Porepunkah. At the roundabout over the bridge, take the Mount
Buffalo Road (C535) towards the National Park. The car park for the falls is roughly 2.5 km from the park entrance, just
after the first sharp bend. Ladies Bath Falls are a 400 m walk over a small ridge.
2-5 m, depending on flow conditions
Near verticle drop
Swimming available at the falls: Yes, swimming and bathing available
A handful of car spaces. No other facilities.
Shade available on the walking track and at the falls
No pets, no bicycles, no horses, no motorbikes, no firearms, take your rubbish
home with you.
There is no camping at Ladies Bath Falls. Camping is available only in designated areas, the closest of which is
up on the Mount Buffalo plateau at Lake Catani. Alternatively, you can look for
accommodation in nearby Porepunkah (or Bright)
which is around 6 km from the national park entrance.
Nearby attractions: Eurobin Falls
is on the same walking track
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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