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Minnehaha Falls, Hiawatha VIC
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A rocky waterfall enclosed in a deep valley west of Yarram, remote but still within a few steps from the road and your campsite, Minnehaha Falls surprised and delighted. Despite being only a relatively small river, in winter/spring there was a loud and powerful flow of water gushing down the near vertical rock face, into the pool below. Minnehaha Falls near Yarram in South Gippsland Above: Minnehaha Falls up close from below in spring (Order this image)

Directly in front of the falls there is a lawn area where you can bring a picnic blanket for an uninterrupted view of the falls from across the waterfall pool. Lay down and relax to the sounds of the rushing water.
From the carpark adjacent to the falls you can also walk up a little track, past the water tank, and down the other side to the top of the falls. Here you can perch yourself on the rocks overlooking the water as it drops down over the rock face. Minnehaha Falls campground Above: Minnehaha Falls campground (Annie Greenaway Reserve) (Order this image)

Downstream of the falls on the floodplain next to the Albert River, you will find the campground with unpowered sites. I could hear the falls clearly from these campsites when the river was running well. The campsites are on relatively flat, open ground with a grassy covering, and come with their own fire pits and communal toilets. Overall, this is one of my favourite waterfalls in the Strzeleckis because of its ease of access, great viewing with unfettered access, and the nearby campground.
Your Seasonal Guide:
Best Time of Year to Visit:Best Time of Day to Visit:
With reliable flow all year round in most years, anytime is good to visit Visit in the afternoon to see the falls in full sun, which is also when the pool warms up a bit more for a swim
Other Information Before You Go:
Location: Annie Greenaway Reserve, Albert River Road, Madalya, 250 km (approx. 3 hr drive) south-east of the Melbourne CBD by road, or 25 km north-west of Yarram. Note this location on Google Maps is denoted as Madalya, but Hiawatha is actually the closest locality.
Latitude:-38.519843 Longitude:146.464847
Getting there: You can reach Yarram from either South Gippsland (via the A440) or the Latrobe Valley (via the C483 and C484). From Yarram head west and then north for 25 km along the Albert River Road. The last few kilometres is gravel, but was in good condition and suitable for 2WD vehicles on my visit. The falls are visible from the road on the right hand side, just before Jacksons Road.
Water source: Albert River
Approx. height: 4-5 metres

Approx. width: 3 metres
Approx. length: 1 metre (near vertical drop)
Swimming available at the falls: Yes, see my swim here
Facilities: Car park, camping ground, lawn area, toilet. There are no bins, so take your rubbish home with you.
Entrance fee: None
Opening times: Always open
Sun shade: Morning and late afternoon shade available at the falls. Limited to no shade at the falls and the campground in the middle of the day.
Wheelchair access: The falls are visible from the road and car park. Access to the pool is across a gently sloping lawn area with thick grass that could be wheelchair accessible, but there are no formal access paths.
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog: No unsafe campfires, no deposit of litter. Dogs permitted.
Accommodation Options: Free, unpowered campsites are available in Annie Greenaway Reserve, 50 metres downstream of the waterfall on a first come, first served basis. Alternatively, if you want to stay in the area near these falls but do not want to camp, you can try the following options. All distances below are by road, not as the crow flies.
Nearby accommodation:Distance from falls:
Bush Retreat Farm 19 km
Yarram Cottage 25 km
Art Deco Cottage 25 km
Managing authority: Baw Baw Shire Council
Nearby attractions: Tarra Falls in the Tarra Valley, 10 km to the north-east (but much longer via sealed roads).
Before you head out, make sure you read the waterfall safety information and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
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