The Wannon River drops over a large circular overhang some fifty metres across into a waterhole deep below. Conveniently located next to the Glenelg Highway,
this geological feature is worth a look, even in summer when the falls rarely flow more than a trickle.
Above: Wannon Falls during summer
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The character of the falls changes significantly after heavy rain, when water can thunder over the thirty metre drop, shrouding the pool below in mist like a
steaming cauldron. A cantilevered viewing platform on the rim of the falls provides a clear, panoramic view of the falls.
There is also a second viewing area much further downstream (known as the Thomas Clark Viewing Area) that is accessible from Morgjana Road (i.e. separate road off the Glenelg
Highway, just before the Wannon Falls Road entry to the reserve) or by foot from the camping area on
Wannon Falls Road. Further details about the free short-stay campsites available at the falls are provided below.
Above: One of the picnic areas at Wannon Falls
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The picnic area has a range of sheltered and unsheltered picnic tables and public barbecues, and some very inquisitive magpies. It feels a bit dry and barren at the height
of summer, so similar to the falls themselves, the picnic area is at its best in winter and spring.
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Visit in winter/spring or after rain to see water flowing over the falls
|Visit in the morning to see the most sunlight on the falls, or just after sunset to see the falls backlit against a coloured sky.
Other Information Before You Go:
Wannon Falls Scenic Reserve, Camerons Road, Wannon, 18 km north west of Hamilton and 320 km
(approx. 3 hr 45 min drive) west of the Melbourne CBD.
From Hamilton head north west along the Glenelg Highway (B160) towards Coleraine. The two entries to the scenic reserve are directly off the highway and
are well signposted. There is a car park at the falls. When coming from Hamilton, if you are looking for the main picnic area, make sure you do not go down Morgiana Road
to the alternative viewing area for the falls, which has no facilities other than a car park.
Swimming available at the falls:
There is no access to the pool at the base of the falls and no swimming is permitted in the river directly
above the falls. If you walk further upstream, there is a pool of water above a small weir where swimming is permitted.
Car park, toilets, viewing platform, rubbish bins, rotunda, public barbecues, picnic tables (sheltered and unsheltered), camping area, caravan and RV area
Shade available from the gum trees.
Wheelchair accessible toilets and a wheelchair accessible path to the viewing platform.
No camping on days of total fire ban. Camping limited to 24 hours. Fires only permitted in the fireplaces provided. Vehicles not permitted off-road. There were
no signs that I could see prohibiting pets. No access to the base of the falls. No swimming immediately upstream of the falls.
Unclear (possibly Parks Victoria or the Southern Grampians Shire Council)
Nigretta Falls, 9 km to the north east of Wannon Falls.
Before you head out, make sure to read the
waterfall safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
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