In winter and spring you can hear the roar of Narracan Falls before you have even stepped out of your car.
With a steady flow of water that continues even through summer, Narracan Falls is a fairly reliable waterfall and picnic spot, easily
accessible from the Latrobe Valley.
Above: Narracan Falls from below in winter
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There is good access to the falls, with a grassy paddock running alongside the creek that provides a clear, elevated view of the falls. The
top of the falls can be explored up close, particulary during summer and autumn when it is easier to rock hop over parts of the creek to the little
Downstream an easily traversed dirt walking track winds down the gully wall to the base of the falls and the muddy pool.
Above: Narracan Falls from the picnic area in winter
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There are two picnic tables spread far apart and a couple of fire pits that could make for a fun day out. How fun it is probably
depends on your attitude towards livestock, as the paddock is sometimes shared with an local herd of adorable cows. If you are playing games in the paddock, watch
out for the little treasures that the cows have left behind in the grass, even if they are not around at the time of your visit.
There is also a walking track that runs along the creek downstream. I have not walked along this track, and it is not marked on the maps on site,
but on my visit there was someone who took off along the track with a small back pack and did not come back for the whole time I was there, so it must be of
Here is a video of the falls, taken in early winter, when the creek was flowing well, but not in flood:
Your Seasonal Guide:
|With reliable flow all year round, even in drought years, anytime is good to visit
||Visit in the morning to see the falls in full sun, or at dusk to see the sun set behind the falls|
Other Information Before You Go:
Narracan Falls Reserve, 275 Falls Road, Narracan, 15 km south of Moe or 140 km (approx. 2 hr drive) east of the Melbourne CBD.
From Melbourne head along the Monash Fwy (M1) to Trafalgar. In Trafalgar, head south into Ashby Street which
becomes the Mirboo North - Trafalgar Road (C469). After approximately 8 km, turn east along the Narracan Connection Road for 3 km, then
south along Falls Road for 1.4 km. The car park for Narracan Falls Reserve is beside the road. It is easy to get disorientated in these rolling
hills, even if following the road signs to the falls, so a map or GPS will definitely help.
Swimming available at the falls:
The managing authority states that swimming is not advised. There is a pool at the base
of the falls but visibility is poor and there are submerged rocks.
Picnic tables, fire pits, grassy paddock, car park. There are no bins, so take your rubbish home with you.
Areas of shade are available near the edge of the creek gully. Limited to no shade at the picnic tables.
There is no formal wheelchair access to the falls. In dry conditions, it may be possible to view
the falls from the paddock. The gate into the paddock is narrow, and the ground is uneven and can have cowpats.
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
Fires must be extinguished before leaving. Dogs permitted.
No camping is available at Narracan Falls Reserve. If you are planning to stay
overnight in the area, you can try
accommodation near Narracan Falls
Baw Baw Shire Council
If you want to see where Narracan Creek ends up, head to
at the back of Moe, around 15 km to the north.
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, the managing authority advises that there are snakes, steep cliffs, submerged obstacles, slippery rocks, and that livestock
may have access to your picnic area.
The marker indicates the approximate location of the car park at the falls.
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