← Back Next Falls →

Wombelano Falls, Kinglake
Waterfall Seasons - 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. Wombelano Falls, Kinglake National Park Above: The alternative view of Wombelano Falls, from the left hand end of the viewing platform (Order this image)

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.

For what it's worth, here is a video of the falls taken in early winter after light rainfall in the area. The falls were flowing well, but as mentioned above, quite difficult to see, but it might give you a clearer picture of whether the walk to the falls is worth the effort or not:

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.
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 start of the walk to the falls. If the map is not zoomed in locally, as can occur with some browsers, simply refresh this web page.
View Larger Map
If you would like to leave a comment about this waterfall, please fill in the comment box below. I'm particularly interested in your experiences after visiting, and any changes in conditions, etc. All fields are required if you would like to see your comments appear on this website.

Your name:

Your email:

From (city, country):

Your zipcode:

Your comment:

I consent to having these comments published on this website (Note: your email address is not published).

← Back Next Falls →

© Brad Neal 2024. All rights reserved. Here are my affiliate links and cookies policy and opportunities to provide support to Waterfall Seasons.