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Waterfalls near Ballarat

Posted 11/05/2021 in Things to do

Looking for waterfalls to explore near Ballarat? 

There are nine gorgeous waterfalls within an hours drive of town, and three of them are located just down the road in the beautiful hamlet of Lal Lal. 

Take a look through the following list and start planning your next adventure in the Victorian Goldfields!

Lal Lal Falls

Lal Lal Falls, Lal Lal VIC
  • Distance from Ballarat: 22 minutes
  • Location: Lal Lal
  • Facilities: Undercover area, picnic tables, electric barbecues, playground, toilets, lookout, walking track, information signs
Lal Lal Falls is a spectacular waterfall near Ballarat with an impressive drop into a large, rocky gorge. 

The viewing platform is a very short walk from the parking area, with the option of a longer scenic walk. 

Moorabool Falls

Moorabool Falls, Lal Lal VIC
  • Distance from Ballarat: 24 minutes
  • Location: Lal Lal
  • Facilities: Walking track, information signs, lookout
Take a scenic walk along the Lal Lal Creek and Reseroir to Moorabool Falls, a stunning little waterfall in Lal Lal. 

The walk takes you past gorgeous views and brings you to a lookout platform alongside the falls. 

Moorabool Falls is located very close to Lal Lal Falls, and accessed from the other side of the same reserve. 

Granite Falls

Granite Falls, Lal Lal VIC
  • Distance from Ballarat: 24 minutes
  • Location: Lal Lal
  • Facilities: Walking track, information signs
Granite Falls is a spectacular waterfall along the Moorabool River, downstream from the better-known Moorabool Falls and not far from Lal Lal Falls. 

Granite Falls is accessed from the Moorabool Falls walking track. 

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 water crossings, slippery ground, pot holes in the grass, and a thick tangle of blackberry bushes.

Sailors Falls

Sailors Falls, near Daylesford VIC
  • Distance from Ballarat: 37 minutes
  • Location: Sailors Falls, near Daylesford
  • Facilities: Mineral spring taps, undercover areas, picnic tables, walking track, toilets, information signs/displays, lookout
Sailors Falls features a stunning waterfall, mineral spring taps, two undercover picnic tables and excellent information signs/displays. 

An attractive feature of this waterfall is that it is practically roadside, with a lookout right alongside the picnic area. 

It only takes a few minutes to descend the stairs to reach the lower lookout, and a further few minutes to cross the creek and approach the base of the falls.

Colbrook Reservoir

Colbrook Reservoir, Colbrook VIC
  • Distance from Ballarat: 42 minutes
  • Location: Colbrook
  • Facilities: Free camping, no facilities
Featuring a stunning dam wall complete with seasonal waterfall, Colbrook Reservoir is a must-see when exploring the beauty of the Wombat State Forest. 

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

The Blowhole

The Blowhole, Hepburn VIC
  • Distance from Ballarat: 46 minutes
  • Location: Hepburn
  • Facilities: Walking track, information sign
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. 

Loddon Falls

Loddon Falls, Glenlyon VIC
  • Distance from Ballarat: 49 minutes
  • Location: Glenlyon
  • Facilities: Walking track, information sign
The gorgeous Loddon Falls drops dramatically over a wall of huge hexagonal basalt columns into a swimming hole below, before continuing on through the spectacular rocky gorge. 

This stunning hidden gem is hidden away in Glenlyon and offers beautiful views along with a scenic walk.

Trentham Falls

Trentham Falls, Trentham VIC
  • Distance from Ballarat: 55 minutes
  • Location: Trentham
  • Facilities: Walking track, information sign, picnic tables, wood fire barbecues, toilets
Trentham Falls is a stunning waterfall on the Coliban River, plunging 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.

Ferntree Falls

Fentree Falls, Raglan VIC
  • Distance from Ballarat: 55 minutes
  • Location: Raglan
  • Facilities: Walking tracks, hut with fireplace, wood fire barbecues, picnic tables, toilets, campground ($)
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.

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Remote Adventures NT
Awesome content and list of waterfalls that every traveler can follow through.