The rock formation at Sheoak Falls is rounded vertically and horizontally, which gives the impression that it is an organic structure, rather
than a geological one. You can view the falls from around the rim of the small circular pool at the bottom of the falls, and can climb up
quite close to the jet black rocky staircase over which the water flows.
Above: Sheoak Falls
(Order this image)
This is probably the easiest waterfall to access from the Great Ocean Road, with only a 600 metre walk along a boardwalk with ocean views, followed
by a relatively short, flat walk up the creek valley to reach the falls.
You can also continue 200 metres further on to Swallow Cave, however the track to the
cave was closed when I visited, so I haven't ventured on to there. On a hot day, the shaded edge of the pool can provide relief from the heat, especially
when the falls are flowing.
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:
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Visit during winter/spring, or after rainfall, as the falls can dry up in summer and autumn in dry years and the pool
can become stagnant
||Visit from sunrise to mid afternoon to see the sun falling directly onto the falls.|
Other Information Before You Go:
Great Otway National Park, Great Ocean Road (B100), 6 km south of Lorne and
150 km south west of Melbourne (approx. 2 hr drive).
To get to Lorne, take the Princes Fwy (M1) towards Geelong, continuing on the Geelong bypass
until you reach Waurn Ponds. From there follow the signs to the Great Ocean Road along the Anglesea Road (C134) and
then the Great Ocean Road (B100) to Lorne. Travel through Lorne for a further six kilometres, and look for the signs to
the car park at the start of the walking track.
15m Approx. width:
Swimming available at the falls:
Yes, when the water is not stagnant. The pool contains a lot of woody debris, so the
area available for swimming is quite small.
Shade available at the falls. Limited to no shade available along the walking track to the falls.
No camping, no fires, no dogs, no sleeping in cars
Nearby attractions: St George River estuary
, 2 km
to the north, or Erskine River Rapids
, 6 km to the north.
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 falls. If the map is not zoomed in locally, as can sometimes occur when loading, simply click or tap on "View Larger Map" below.
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