At 84 metres high, Steavenson Falls is Victoria's tallest cascading waterfall. The falls are split into roughly five cascades, with the
last of these plunging into a small, picturesque rock pool. The falls are nestled into the surrounding mountains, which are covered
in native forest. The falls can be enjoyed by day, or viewed for a fun or romantic occasion by night, with the falls being floodlit until 11 pm
every night of the week. To reach the falls it is a 350 metre walk from the car park along a wide, compacted gravel path that is also well lit
of an evening.
Above: The full height of Steavenson Falls
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The viewing platforms have been rebuilt after the 2009 bushfires which decimated the area. The new platforms offer some fantastic views from
the base of the falls on either side of the river. The western side of the river provides the closest access to the falls, with a steel deck
that juts out over the plunge pool, almost directly in front of the base of the falls. Alternative views can be found both on the alcove at
the edge of the plunge pool on the eastern side of the river, and from the pedestrian bridge that you cross to reach it.
For those wanting to experience a bit more vertigo, the platform at the top of the falls is perched almost on the edge of the precipice. To
reach that viewing area, it's a several hundred metre trek up the side of the mountain along the Tree Fern Gully Track. The path is well defined,
but the steep grade will test your fitness. The good news is that as you near the top, there is be plenty of reason to pause and take in the
expansive views of the downstream Steavenson River valley.
Above: Overlooking the precipice at the top of Steavenson Falls
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Here is a video of the falls in winter, when they were flowing well but not in flood, during the day and at night. It includes footage from the various viewing areas
above and below the falls.
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Reliable flow all year round except in drought years, when flow over the
falls in summer and autumn can reduce to a trickle
||Visit at twilight to see the falls change in character from day to night. For daytime visitors, the
falls will be in full sun in the afternoon.|
Other Information Before You Go:
Falls Rd, Marysville, 100 km (approx. 1 hr 30 min drive)
north east of the Melbourne CBD.
From Melbourne take the Maroondah Hwy out past the eastern suburbs, through some
incredibly tall Mountain Ash forests, up over the Black Spur. Turn off at Marysville Rd and head 10 km to Marysville.
From Marysville, follow the signs to the falls along Pack St and then Falls Rd. The falls are 4 km from Marysville.
1-5 m, depending on flow conditions
Swimming available at the falls:
No. There is a pool at the base of the falls but swimming is prohibited
because it is upstream of the town water supply.
Public toilets, car parking, picnic tables, fire pit remote from the water
Shade available in some areas, but parts of the walking track and some of the viewing platforms
are not shaded.
Wheelchair accessible paths to the base of the falls. Wheelchair accessible toilets. No
wheelchair access to the top of the falls.
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No pets. No bicycles.
There is no camping available at Steavenson Falls. If you are plannig to stay overnight
in the area, you can try
accommodation in nearby Marysville
which is around 4 km north-east of the falls.
and Phantom Falls
, both on Lady Talbot Drive on
the other side of Marysville, or for a splash on a hot day with the kids visit Gallipoli Park
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 approximate location of the car park at the start of the walking track to the falls.
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