Should I head to the upper or lower Rollasons Falls in Mount Buffalo National Park? The falls are divided into two sections, separated a few hundred metres apart by a dirt
track. You can and should visit both sections, but the track bifurcates well before each destination and it is an effort to move between them in the very steep terrain.
If faced with a choice, the lower falls are where you want to spend most of your time because of the better waterfall viewing, more open space, and a shimmering golden waterfall pool.
Above: Lower Rollasons Falls
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The lower falls consist of two tiers, with a circular hole carved into the rock ledge in between. With care, I was able to walk
right up to this little bathtub. Downstream of the pool, under low flow conditions I was able to skip across the cutting through which the stream flows, to
access the pool from the opposite side. The pool itself is brightly lit by the afternoon sun, but can be excruciatingly cold outside of hot summer days.
In contrast, the upper falls are only visible from above, which means you do not get a clear sense of how high they are. I walked out near the edge of the falls,
but the smoothness of the rocks alongside the creek make it uncomfortably uncertain under foot. There are several small holes of unknown depth here. There is
apparently an unmarked track that leads to the base of the upper falls, but I was unaware of it prior to my visit and cannot comment on how easy the base of the upper
falls is to access.
Above: Upper Rollasons Falls
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As noted above, the walk to the falls is very steep, and much steeper than the walks to Ladies Bath Falls and Eurobin Falls, further back down the mountain. There are
picnic tables, but they are located in the picnic ground next to the main road, remote from the falls.
Your Seasonal Guide:
|The creek flows all year round. The steep track is likely to get muddy in winter
||The falls will be in full sun and the pools at their most golden in the early afternoon|
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 Porepunkah take the Mount Buffalo Road for 15 km to the Rollasons Falls picnic area. Walk 1.9 km
down the steep track to the Lower Falls
Two tiers, each approximately 5-10 metres high
1-2 m, depending on flow conditions
Approx. 120 m
Swimming available at the falls:
Car park, picnic tables , pit toilet, open fire bbqs at the picnic area. No facilities at the falls.
The track is mostly shaded. There is shade at the picnic area. There is shade at the falls in the morning and
in the late afternoon.
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No cats, no dogs, no camping
There is no camping at Rollasons Falls. Camping is available only in designated areas of the Mount Buffalo National Park,
the closest of which is up on the Mount Buffalo plateau at Lake Catani. Alternatively, located just outside the national park, you can try the other two options below.
All distances below to the start of the walk to the falls are by road, not as the crow flies.
Ladies Bath Falls
near the base of the mountain, or
further up the road near the top of the mountain.
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 start of the walking track to the falls. If the map is not zoomed in locally, as can occur with some browsers, simply refresh this web page.
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