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Lal Lal Falls

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Lal Lal Falls Road, Lal Lal VIC 3352

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  • Waterfall
  • Lookout with fantastic views of the falls
  • Two other waterfalls located nearby
  • Playground
  • BBQ
  • Undercover picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Bushwalking track
  • Birdwatching

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

The reserve is located about 20 minutes from Ballarat and 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.

Lal Lal Falls is one of three waterfalls in the immediate area, the others being Moorabool Falls (easily accessed via a walking track) and Granite Falls (for the more adventurous explorers). Not enough? Why not take a day trip and tackle Goldfields Guide's epic Six Waterfall Challenge!

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 a big adventure? Don't miss the epic Goldfields Guide's Six Waterfall Challenge

If that's not enough, we've got plenty more local waterfalls listed here: Waterfalls of the Goldfields

see also


  • 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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