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Lal Lal Falls

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Lal Lal Falls Road, Lal Lal VIC 3352


Lal Lal Falls is a spectacular waterfall near Ballarat with an impressive drop into a large, rocky gorge.

The reserve, about 20 minutes from Ballarat, features a large grassy area, playground, picnic tables, toilets, and an undercover area containing one table, BBQs, seats and information boards.

You can take a short 200m walk to a viewing platform that looks down over the falls, or go a little further around the gorge on the Von Guerard View Track for a long distance view across the gorge. The walking track down to the base of the falls has been closed off after the deaths of two students in a rockfall in 1990. The ground is unstable and dangerous, do not attempt to get down to the base of the falls and definitely make sure children do not go beyond the no access point.

The following information is displayed on a sign at Lal Lal Falls:

These Falls on the west branch of the Moorabool River were discovered by a Government Survey Party led by Frederick D'Arcy early in 1837. They were known to the Aboriginals as Lal Lal or running water. The area has been a well known and popular picnic spot for some 130 years.

On the reserve opposite, a Race Meeting was held on every New Years Day from 1860 until 1938, attracting crowds of up to 20,000 people.

A branch Railway Line (the remains of which may still be seen) was constructed from the Lal Lal station to the Racecourse to convey the crowds.

While you're in Lal Lal be sure to check out nearby Moorabool Falls, just a few moments' drive from Lal Lal Falls. Also located in Lal Lal is the fascinating historic Iron Mine and Blast Furnace.

Other waterfalls in the goldfields region

Looking for more waterfalls within the Victorian Goldfields? Take a quick look through this quick Waterfalls of the Goldfields list:

Moorabool Falls, Lal Lal VIC

Located just minutes from Lal Lal Falls! 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 of the Moorabool Falls.

Sailors Falls, Daylesford VIC

A spectacular rocky cliff hosts a 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. 

Ferntree Falls, Raglan VIC

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 waterfalls are an easy 250 metre walk from the picnic/camping area.

These beautiful waterfalls are not alone, there are many more scattered throughout the goldfields region. Click to explore the full list of Waterfalls of the Victorian Goldfields


  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • There are so many excellent playgrounds tucked away in little-known places. Take a look through this great list of playgrounds throughout the Victorian Goldfields.
  • There are hundreds of fantastic barbecue areas throughout the Victorian Goldfields. Some are in parks/playgrounds, others are scattered throughout the bush. Many barbecue areas are located alongside amazing attractions and walks, so go out for a barbecue and get exploring!
  • There are many great places throughout the Goldfields that offer gorgeous, panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.


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