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Wombelano Falls, Kinglake
Waterfall Seasons of Victoria - The Waterfall Guide


 
After a pleasant walk through open forest, this waterfall disappoints with only a distant view obscured by trees and no legal access to the base of the falls. The viewing platform is around 50-100 metres away from the falls, perched on the wall of the gully. Saplings have sprung up from the ground below, so that now you can only catch glimpses of the falls, craning your head from side to side as the branches sway in the breeze. Fortunately you can still hear the water falling over the rocks, otherwise this would be just another walk in a forest. Wombelano Falls, Kinglake National Park Above: Peering through the saplings to see Wombelano Falls from the viewing platform (Order this image)

There is a steep dirt track that leads down to the base of the falls from the viewing platform. However, access was clearly signed as being prohibited beyond this point, with the threat of a fine.
It was only a flimsy laminated paper sign, so it would not surprise me if it were not there on future visits.

Would these falls be any better in the wet? There was a steady flow of water running over them on my visit, and sure, if it is wetter, they would be louder, but you are still not going to be able to see them unless the managing authority goes in and does some tree trimming.

Apart from the viewing platform, there are no facilities at the falls or the roadside parking area. All in all, I would say give this one a miss and head to some of my other waterfalls around Melbourne for a more positive waterfall experience, including an unobscured view of Masons Falls down the road.
Your Seasonal Guide:
Best Time of Year to Visit:Best Time of Day to Visit:
Reliable flow in winter/spring. The falls can dry up in summer/autumn. Visit in the morning otherwise you will be looking at the falls directly into the sun in the afternoon
Other Information Before You Go:
Location: Captains Creek Road, Kinglake, 70 km (approx. 70 minute drive) north-east of the Melbourne CBD.
Latitude:-37.477704 Longitude:145.349979
Getting there: From the Whittlesea-Kinglake Road (C724) between Pheasant Creek and Kinglake, head north for 4 km along Extons Road. Then head east for 2.5 km along Captains Creek Road until you see the roadside parking area for the falls. It is a 1.5 km circuit walk to the falls and back. Captains Creek Road is dirt road, but accessible to 2WD vehicles from Extons Roads I did not encounter any potholes in the road on my visit when coming from Extons Road, however coming from the other direction is a 4WD only track.
Water source: Hirts Creek
Approx. height: 20 m (guestimate only)

Approx. width: 1-5 m, depending on flow conditions
Approx. length: 10 m
Swimming available at the falls: No
Facilities: Car park, viewing platform. No other facilities.
Entrance fee: None
Opening times: Always open
Sun shade: Plenty of eucalypts
Wheelchair access: None
Prohibitions: No trail bikes, no horse riding, no cycling, no dogs, no entry from the viewing platform to the base of the falls.
Accommodation Options: Camping is available in the Kinglake National Park in The Gums Camping Area, however despite being less than 4 km away as the crow flies, unless you have a 4WD, you will need to go the long way around, which is a 20 km circuit back through Kinglake. Bookings are required through the managing authority's website. If you want to stay overnight in the area and do not want to camp, you can try accommodation around Kinglake, but most of it seems to be a long way away.
Managing authority: Parks Victoria
Nearby attractions: Masons Falls, also in Kinglake National 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.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the location of the car park at the falls.
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