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Waterfalls of the Goldfields

Posted 29/01/2018 in Things to do

There are so many beautiful waterfalls to explore throughout the Victorian Goldfields! 

Explore the stunning basalt gorge at Loddon Falls, relax in the shady rockpools beneath Sailors Falls, discover gold mining history at the Hepburn Blowhole, and more. 

Check out this huge list of local waterfalls and start planning your next adventure in the Victorian Goldfields.

Turpins Falls, Langley VIC

Turpins Falls, located near Kynenton

Turpins Falls rush down over a huge semi-circular wall of rock into a large pool of water below. This is an impressive, peaceful location where you can swim beneath a waterfall. 

The best time of year to visit to see the falls flowing in full force is winter/spring. Read more...

Notice - Dec 2020 - Turpins Falls is temporarily closed due to track safety assessments.
For updates check the 'Change of Conditions' section on Parks Victoria's page for Turpins Falls.

Loddon Falls, Glenlyon VIC

Loddon Falls, located between Daylesford and Malmsbury

The Loddon River Scenic Reserve in Glenlyon offers beautiful views, a scenic walk and a stunning waterfall. 

The Loddon River drops dramatically over a wall of huge hexagonal basalt columns into a pool below before continuing on through the spectacular rocky gorge. Read more...

Colbrook Reservoir, Colbrook VIC

Colbrook Reservoir, Colbrook VIC

One of the most beautiful lakes in the Victorian Goldfields, Colbrook Reservoir is an amazing place for bushwalking, swimming, bush camping, and photography. 

Featuring a stunning dam wall complete with seasonal waterfall, this place is a must-see when exploring the beauty of the Wombat State Forest. Read more...

Lal Lal Falls, Lal Lal VIC

Lal Lal Falls, located near Ballarat

The impressive Lal Lal Falls drops down into a large, rocky gorge in Lal Lal, just out of Ballarat. The waterfall can be appreciated from a viewing platform which looks out over the gorge. Read more...

Moorabool Falls, Lal Lal VIC

Moorabool Falls, located near Ballarat

A gorgeous stream of water drops dramatically into a tranquil pool surrounded by rocks, moss and ferns. 

You can see the top of the waterfall from a viewing platform as you descend down towards the creek, and you will find the best view of the waterfall from a bench seat downstream from Moorabool Falls. Read more... 

Granite Falls, Lal Lal VIC

Granite Falls, located near Ballarat

Granite Falls is a spectacular waterfall along the Moorabool River, downstream from the better-known Moorabool Falls and not far from Lal Lal Falls which is accessed from the other side of the reserve. 

Viewing this waterfall is tricky as the walking track is little more than a narrow trail along a steep slope and the way is obstructed in many places by rock hopping, slippery ground, pot holes in the grass, and a thick tangle of blackberry bushes. 

Hikers must be wary of sudden drops and steep slopes. It is slippery and very prickly to get down to the base of the falls - you can get a great view of this waterfall from the top of the gorge. Read more...

Sailors Falls, Daylesford VIC

Sailors Falls, located near Daylesford

A rocky cliff hosts a beautiful seasonal waterfall, reliably flowing in winter and spring. 

Sailors Falls is worth a visit with or without water, and also features a beautiful creekside walk among the ferns, a picnic area with fantastic information signs, and a mineral water tap. Read more...

Trentham Falls, Trentham VIC

Trentham Falls, located in Trentham

Trentham Falls is Victoria's highest single drop waterfall, where the Coliban River plunges 32 metres down over magnificent basalt columns before continuing on through the gorge below. 

A viewing area overlooks the waterfall and gorge, accessed by a quick 70 metre walk from the car park. 

An illustrated sign at the lookout provides fascinating information and a detailed diagram of the waterfall's geology. Read more...

Stanley Park Waterfall, Mount Macedon VIC

Stanley Park Waterfall, located in Mount Macedon

This beautiful little waterfall is tucked away within the Stanley Park Bushland Reserve in Mount Macedon. 

Turitable Creek runs through the reserve and cascades down over a rocky ledge into a little gully filled with ferns and lush vegetation. 

You can look down over the waterfall into the gully below from a viewing platform at the top or you can take the stony steps down into the gully and head along the enclosed leafy walking track to the base of the falls. Read more...

Ferntree Falls, Raglan VIC

Ferntree Falls, located within the Mount Buangor State Park

Ferntree Falls is a stunning waterfall nestled among the huge ferns and moss covered rocks within the spectacular Mount Buangor State Park. 

Experience the beauty of upper Middle Creek, a tributary which meanders through the park among the forest of tree ferns and water ferns. 

The waterfall is an easy 250 metre walk from the picnic/camping area. Read more...

The Cascades, Metcalfe VIC

The Cascades, located in Metcalfe

This extraordinary hidden gem is tucked away in the quiet town of Metcalfe, just 25 minutes from Castlemaine and 40 minutes from both Bendigo and Daylesford. 

A series of cascades sweep over layers of bedrock as the water whirls down through rockpools, crevices and little caverns. 

Relax in a rockpool, take a dip in one of the larger swimming holes, or make your way across the stunning bedrock and boulders to wander along and appreciate the scenic beauty of the Coliban River. Read more...

Avoca Falls, Percydale VIC

Avoca Falls, located near Avoca

This waterfall only flows after periods of heavy rain, but the wall of rock over which the water drops is a sight to behold whether it is flowing or not. 

A short walking track from the Waterfalls Campground leads you alongside a creek to the base of the waterfall. Read more...

Cairn Curran Spillway, Baringhup VIC

Cairn Curran Spillway, Baringhup VIC

Although this is not a natural waterfall, it definitely deserves to make the list. 

The water flowing from the Cairn Curran Weir cascades dramatically down over layers of huge rocks - a very impressive sight! 

A short, scenic walk along the Loddon River brings you to the base of the spillway.

The Blowhole, Hepburn VIC

Known as The Blowhole, this diversion tunnel was built by miners in the 19th century to divert water from a section of Sailors Creek. 

This diversion cut off a loop where the remaining dry creek bed was then extensively worked for gold. 

The gold diversion tunnel has created a pretty little man-made waterfall with a shallow swimming hole beneath it. 

When the creek is flowing from winter to early summer, water rushes through the tunnel and falls into a small pool below before continuing down the scenic Sailors Creek. Read more...

What's your favourite waterfall in the Victorian Goldfields? Let us know in the comments below.




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Fabulous information thanks! Am planning on doing a "tour de falls" to visit all falls over a weekend! Cheers
Phil Bromley's Photography
For me by far the best Falls you have mentioned is Trentham Falls when its on its really on, a single vertical drop and you can walk down to the falls and stand behind the shear wall of water get in summer.