If rain overshadows your visit to the gardens of Mount Macedon, or you simply cannot find anywhere to park your car within coo-ee of Tieve Tara,
head to this readily accessible, pleasant little bush waterfall at the base of the mountain instead. Once known as Waterfall Paddock due to the open
grassy space near the falls, it is a great addition to any day trip to Mount Macedon, complete with plenty of car spaces, undercover barbecues,
a kids playground and a sizeable waterfall.
Above: Stanley Park Falls after modest rainfall in Autumn
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To reach the falls, it is best to park on the western side of the creek next to the playground. From there, the viewing platform at the top of falls is only
a short thirty metre stroll across the paddock.
At low flows you can see the square cutting that the creek has made through the rock, which it funnels through before launching itself over the cliff edge.
At high flows after rainfall, the viewing platform provides a close hand view of the rushing water.
Above: The stream cutting through the rock upstream of Stanley Park Falls
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To reach the base of the falls, head down the stone steps. They can be easy to overlook initially, so look out for the sign that simply says "Waterfall",
which points you in the right direction. The track takes you on a short walk through the bush, before looping around back to the creek.
There is a fair bit of natural debris at the bottom of the falls, so it is a bit difficult to reach the water, especially
if it is wet, but there are uninterrupted views of the falls from the viewing area, a few metres back from the water.
Here is a video of the falls in autumn on a fine day, but after moderate rainfall earlier in the week. The flow over the falls was enough to make the visit
Having visited Mount Macedon several times without knowing these waterfalls existed, I was quite pleasantly surprised by them, particularly given the proximity
to the falls of the two viewing areas. I would make it a definite stopping point when visiting the gardens in spring, especially if it has been raining.
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Reliable flow in winter/spring. The falls can dry up in summer/autumn.
||The falls are in shadow most of the day, with your best chance to see sunlight on the falls in the
middle of the day.|
Other Information Before You Go:
Stanley Park Bushland Reserve, Salisbury Road, Mount Macedon, 65 km (approx. 1 hr drive) north-west of the Melbourne CBD.
Exit north from the Western Fwy (M8) at Macedon along the Mount Macedon Rd (C322). Travel for 6 km and then turn
left into Bingarra Lane, just as you begin the ascent up the mountain. Turn left when you reach Salisbury Road, continuing past the
first car park (at the toilets), driving over the creek bridge, until you reach the second car park at the playground. Both car parks
are signposted, and the turnoff from the Mount Macedon Road also has a little sign to Stanley Park. From the car park, it is about a
30 metre walk to the falls.
5 to 10 metres
1-3 m depending on flow conditions
Swimming available at the falls:
Car park, toilets (on the other side of the creek), sheltered barbecues, picnic tables, information boards, drinking fountain, kids playground.
There are no rubbish bins, so bring a spare plastic bag to take your rubbish home.
Shade available at the base of the falls and in the picnic area
Yes to picnic area and view of the falls from the picnic area. No to the top and base of the falls.
Dogs must be on a lead, pick up after your dog, no horses, no portable bbqs, no firewood, no motorbike riding, fires prohibited, no smoking
in the toilets, no smoking in the playground.
There is no camping available at Stanley Park and no camping in the nearby Macedon Regional Park. If you are planning to stay overnight in the area you can try
accommodation in Mount Macedon
Macedon Ranges Shire Council
Hanging Rock, around the back of Mount Macedon, about 15 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.
Specific to this site, the managing authority advises (i) parental supervision
is required in the paddock and near the waterfalls, (ii) not to proceed beyond the viewing platform at the top of the falls and (iii) that there are unprotected
cliff edges near the top of the falls.
The marker indicates the location of the car park at the falls.
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