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Snobs Creek Falls, Thornton, VIC
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Snobs Creek Falls (also known as Snobs Falls) has a spectacular viewing platform that is fixed into the rock face on one side of the falls, jutting out in front of the rushing water. You can see, hear and sometimes (via the spray) taste this demonstration of the power of water. The platform feels unnervingly close to the water with only a good engineer between you and the precipice below. Snobs Creek Falls near Thornton Above: Getting up close to the precipice at Snobs Creek Falls (Order this image)

The views from directly adjacent the edge of the top of the falls are equally breathtaking, stretching way out over the edge of the falls into the Goulburn River valley below, many kilometres into the distance.
There is a lockable gate along the last section of path to the viewing platform, which suggests that access to the platform could be barred under high flow conditions. If not, standing on the platform could be a hair raising experience after heavy rain.

The site also has a second short walking track to the cascades, about 100 metres upstream of the falls. The cascades are a series of small rock drops in quick succession, with a wide curtain of water falling into the pool at the top of the cascades. Snobs Creek Falls near Thornton Above: The Cascades at Snobs Creek Falls (Order this image)

The car park at the falls only has room for two or three cars at a time. It is in a fairly remote area and most people will only be there for a short stay, so a spot will usually be available.
If not, you can park on the side of the road about 50-100 metres further on. When driving or walking along the road, watch out for log trucks.

Here is a video of the falls, taken on an early winter's morning, a few days after steady rainfall earlier in the week:

Your Seasonal Guide:
Best Time of Year to Visit:Best Time of Day to Visit:
Reliable flow all year Visit from mid-morning to mid-afternoon to see sunlight bouncing off the falls
Other Information Before You Go:
Location: Snobs Creek Road, near Thornton, 140 km (approx. 2 hr 10 minute drive) north-east of the Melbourne CBD.
Latitude:-37.302556 Longitude:145.888252
Getting there: Snobs Creek Road is located along the Goulburn Valley Hwy between Thornton and Eildon. The falls are roughly 7 km from the Snobs Creek Road turnoff. Roads near the falls are dirt road, but accessible to 2WD vehicles. From Melbourne, the quickest route is via Maroondah Hwy.

Water source: Snobs Creek
Approx. height: 100 m in total, but the visible section is around 20 m high. The visible upstream cascades are around 3-5 m high in total.
Approx. width: 2-10 m, depending on flow conditions
Approx. length: The visible section of the falls is a vertical drop. The visible upstream cascades fall over a length of around 10 m.
Swimming available at the falls: Yes, if you are prepared to climb fences
Facilities: Car park. No other facilities, so bring a spare plastic bag to take your rubbish home with you
Entrance fee: None
Opening times: Always open
Sun shade: Native bush
Wheelchair access: None
Prohibitions: None stated on site at the time of my visit
Managing authority: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Nearby attractions: Snobs Creek Fish Hatchery on the Goulburn Valley Hwy, and one of my former favourite swimming spots in Lake Eildon.
Before you head out, make sure to read the waterfall safety information and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
Locality Map:
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Here is one visitor's experience of getting up close to this waterfall:

Comment:"I've been up to see the snobs creek falls - beautiful, went down to the main fall and the spray coming off the falls were great on a very hot day (16/11/2016). I have asked a few people where does all the water start from and a lot of people don't know. Still didn't get an answer. Can you please send information as to where the water comes from. Is it from the snow area? thanks" - Dave from Doreen, Victoria, Australia 16/11/2016

My reply: Snobs Creek above the falls is only a small catchment, at 36 square kilometres, but it is unusually long and narrow (around 15 km long but typically only 2 km across), with very steep valley walls along most of its length. As a result, when it rains, rather than soaking into flat ground, most of the rain runs down the steep valley walls, straight into the creek. In addition, the steepness of the valley walls would put high downward pressure on any rain that does seep into the ground, forcing it out into the downstream creek weeks to months later, right throughout the year. The highest point in the catchment is up at Mount Torbreck, which has an elevation of 1500 metres. This is above the snow line, so there would be snow melt in the creek in spring and early summer. Put all of these things together and you have a reliable, powerful waterfall despite the relatively small catchment area upstream.

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