Visit this waterfall in lizard country near Orbost for a bush barbecue and platform views extending out onto the rock shelf above
the falls. It was quite dry on my visit in early summer, with only a small but steady trickle running over the falls.
The reptiles were probably attracted to the water, with a goanna roaming through the picnic area and a metre-long water
dragon startling me at the base of the falls as it scurried under some rocks.
Above: The rock face over which Young's Creek Falls flows
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The short walk to the viewing platform at the top of the falls is through open bushland on a wide and well-defined track. It is
a hot and dusty walk during summer. The viewing platform directly overlooks the falls and the creek upstream, with views of the gully beyond the falls and
the surrounding rock walls.
You can also walk to the base of the falls via the track that turns off immediately before the viewing platform. This track is narrower and steeper, but
still readily navigable. It winds down through the bush into a little moss covered flat of lush vegetation, just before you reach the water.
From there you can scramble over the rocks up to the waterfall, and depending on the flow of water in the creek, cross to relax on the broad rock shelf
on the other side.
Above: Looking down from the viewing platform at Young's Creek Falls
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Unless you live in the region, outside of spring these falls on their own are probably not enough to justify the trip into the bush behind Orbost.
However, you can combine the visit to the falls with a a few other loop walks that also start from the picnic ground, so as to make a day of it. This includes
a walk to the now decommissioned Young's Creek Reservoir.
Here is a video of the falls, taken in the middle of the day in January:
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Winter through to late spring when flows over the falls are likely to be at their highest.
||Visit during the middle of the day to see the falls in full sun from the viewing platform|
Other Information Before You Go:
Young's Creek Picnic Ground, Storers Track off Bonang Road (C612), 12 km north of Orbost and 380 km (approx. 4.5 hour drive) east of the Melbourne CBD.
From Orbost, head north along Bonang Road (C612) for 6 km, then turn right into the dirt road named Four and a Half Mile Track, then
left into Stock Track and lastly right into Storers Track, which goes to the picnic ground. The dirt road was suitable for 2WD vehicles in dry conditions
during my visit. The route to the falls was signposted at each turn.
Swimming available at the falls:
No. The small pool downstream of the falls is stagnant during the warmer months. I have swum at
Young's Creek Reservoir
, 2 km upstream, which is accessible by foot from
the picnic area.
Viewing platform at the falls. Toilet, unsheltered picnic tables, car park and wood fire pits at the picnic area. There are
no bins, so please take your rubbish home with you.
No shade available at the falls. Limited shade in the picnic area and along the walking track.
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
No camping. Dogs permitted.
Camping is not available at the falls. If you are planning to stay overnight in the area,
you can try the following options. All distances below are by road, not as the crow flies.
Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Nearby attractions: Young's Creek Reservoir
, 2 km upstream by foot.
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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