This is a waterfall for nature lovers, fitness fanatics and history buffs, but the waterfall itself remains somewhat at a distance,
even at the end of the walk. Bring a pair of binoculars in your backpack for this one to get the most of your visit. You can still
see and hear the waterfalls, but it is at a distance of several hundred metres on the other side of a ridiculously steep, thickly
vegetated valley. According to the managing authority, this is the tallest waterfall in the Otways.
Above: The view of Sabine Falls
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The walk through lush rainforest is however very enjoyable, with sections of steep terrain, creek crossings and an old mill site. If you
are looking for a walk to test your fitness without completely exhausting you, this could be it. The first two thirds of the walk
are relatively flat, but with lots of natural obstacles such as fallen logs to climb over and under, and tree fern fronds to dodge and
The last third of the walk is very steep as you climb down into two gullies before rising again for the final stretch towards the falls.
Fortunately the track here has few obstacles, so it is really only a test of your fitness, rather than your agility here.
One spot to look out for is the old mill site, roughly half way along the track. There is no sign of the mill itself, but you can
clearly see the rock cuttings that would have been used to channel the water that drove the mill.
Above: The picnic area at the Sabine Falls car park
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Here is a video of the falls, taken on a sunny day in November after a relatively wet spring, when the falls were flowing well, which also
gives you a good sense of what the walk is like:
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Visit on a dry day in late spring or early summer, when the falls will be flowing large and loud enough to take notice of, but when
you won't have to contend with brushing off wet tree fern fronds or deep creek crossings
||Visit near the middle of the day to allow the forest to dry out and to have the best chance of seeing sunlight on the falls|
Other Information Before You Go:
Great Otway National Park, Sunnyside Road, Mount Sabine,
180 km south west of Melbourne (approx. 2.5 hr drive).
From Barramunga, head south for 10 km along the Forrest-Apollo Bay Road and turn left into Sunnyside Rd. Follow this
road for 2.3 km, then turn right through the pine plantation. The picnic area is a further 1.4 km along this gravel road, that as suitable for
2WD vehicles at the time of my visit. The walk to the falls is approximately 3.6 km (up to 2.5 hrs) return from the car park.
120 m of cascades Approx. width:
Swimming available at the falls:
Car park, picnic tables, lawn area (overgrown at time of visit)
Shade available along most of the walk to the falls and at the viewing platform.
No horseriding, no trail bikes, no dogs, fires may only be lit in fireplaces provided (none provided that I could see).
There are no designated campsites at the Sabine Falls picnic area or along the walk. The nearest designated camping
area is back at Stevensons Falls
, 15 km to the north.
If you are planning to stay overnight in the area, you can also try
accommodation in Apollo Bay
30 km to the south of the falls.
Nearby attractions: Stevensons Falls
, 15 km to the north, or
, 40 km to the south, inland from Apollo Bay.
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 and picnic area at the start of the walk to the falls.
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