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Sailors Falls, Daylesford, VIC
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Sailors Falls is a semi-circular sink in the landscape, with tall exposed columns of basalt, over which Sailors Creek falls. You can view the falls from the picnic area, which is situated next to the road in an elevated position on the side rim of the sink. When the falls are flowing well, you can see from here how it splits into multiple segments. Sailors Falls near Daylesford Above: Sailors Falls viewed from the base of the falls (Order this image)

The steps down to the base of the falls that were damaged in a landslip in 2016 have now been replaced, so as of August 2017 you can also walk down to the base of the waterfall again.
Outside of flood periods, a little track alongside the creek leads you over the fallen rocks to get you close enough to touch the water trickling down from overhead. Sailors Falls near Daylesford Above: Sailors Falls from the new staircase, when both segments of the falls were running (Order this image)

From the base of the falls you can continue walking further downstream, all the way to Daylesford if you want. There is a mineral spring about 400 metres downstream of the falls. However, you don't need to walk that far, because a bore was installed at the picnic ground in 2013, so you can get your fix of tangy, fizzy mineral water only a few steps from the car park.
Bring your own water bottles and a couple of lemons. I have tasted the water here and it is delicious.

The refurbished picnic area has both sheltered and unsheltered picnic tables and a wealth of information about the history of the falls and surrounding region. It can be a little bit noisy from the cars passing along the Ballan-Daylesford Rd, but it is neat and tidy with a picturesque view looking out over the gorge.

Here is a video of the falls in the late afternoon in spring. The flow over the falls was moderate, but you could easily cross the bridge and walk up close to the base of the falls:

Your Seasonal Guide:
Best Time of Year to Visit:Best Time of Day to Visit:
Reliable flow in winter/spring. The falls can dry up in summer/autumn. Visit mid morning to mid afternoon to see the falls in full sun. Being a sink, the light disappears quickly at the base of the falls from mid afternoon onwards.
Other Information Before You Go:
Location: Ballan-Daylesford Road (C141), Sailors Falls, 110 km (approx. 70 minute drive) north-west of the Melbourne CBD.
Latitude:-37.390341 Longitude:144.120249
Getting there: Exit north from the Western Fwy (M8) at Ballan along the Ballan-Daylesford Rd (C141). Travel for 24 km until you reach Sailors Falls. The car park is just past Telegraph Rd. If you are coming from Daylesford, the falls are 6 km south of the town centre.

Water source: Sailors Creek
Approx. height: 20 m
Approx. width: 1-5 m depending on flow conditions, with a second stream to the left at higher flows
Approx. length: Vertical drop
Swimming available at the falls: No
Facilities: Car park, toilets, sheltered picnic tables, information boards, mineral spring, walking trails
Entrance fee: Not applicable
Opening times: Always open
Sun shade: Shade available at the falls and in the picnic area
Wheelchair access: Yes to picnic area and view of the falls from the picnic area. No to the base of the falls.
Prohibitions: Dogs must be on a lead
Managing authority: Parks Victoria
Nearby attractions: The rest of the Hepburn Regional Park, including The Blowhole.
Before you head out, make sure to read the waterfall safety information and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions. Specific to this site, a recent visitor (see comment below) advised that the mesh leading to the new steps can be very slippery after rain, so take care approaching the steps.
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Here is a comment from one visitor to the falls after the refurbishment of the steps:

"Great to see Sailors Falls after the rain last night and today. Beware that the mesh downward slope leading to the new stairs is very slippery after rain and I fell, as did another person soon after me!" M. Stafford, Highton, 16/11/2017

Thanks also to K.Clarke of Melbourne who alerted me that there was no flow over the falls at the start of May 2016 after a very dry year, confirming my comments above about the best time of year to visit.

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