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The Cascades

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Cascades Road, Metcalfe VIC 3448

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  • Beautiful rockpools
  • Cascades over bedrock
  • Impressive boulders and rock formations
  • Several picnic tables
  • Swimming
  • Bushwalking
  • Birdwatching
This extraordinary hidden gem is tucked away in the quiet town of Metcalfe, Victoria, 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. 

Visitor facilities at The Cascades

Several picnic tables are dotted along the grassy slope alongside The Cascades. 

It is just a moments stroll from the gravel parking area down to the water. 

There are no other visitor facilities at The Cascades. 

Swimming at The Cascades

This is a gorgeous place to relax in a rockpool or take a dip in one of several swimming holes! 

Children will love climbing over the rocks and through the pools of water, but be aware that there are unexpected deep holes within the water in some places. 

Always carefully check the depth of swimming holes before allowing small children to paddle in them. 

Protecting The Cascades

Please note that this is a Nature Conservation Reserve, and as such all plants and wildlife are protected. 

Camping, hunting, fishing, removing soil/rock, littering, driving off-road, and lighting fires are all strictly prohibited at The Cascades. 

The Coliban River

The gorgeous Coliban River flows 80 kilometres from near Trentham all the way to Lake Eppalock. 

This scenic river features many incredible waterfalls and rapids along its course, including this stunning section of rapids and rock pools at The Cascades!

Waterfalls of the Victorian Goldfields

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.

More places to explore

Also of interest - Turpins Falls is located just 15 minutes from The Cascades, where a waterfall drops down over a gorgeous, 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 Cascades are very similar to the spectacular Venus Baths over in the Grampians National Park, where Stoney Creek flows over a beautiful sandstone shelf creating gorgeous pools of flowing water with sloping stone walls either side. 



Experience the best Victoria has to offer with Golden Nugget Discovery Tours, a genuine Ecotourism Operator offering a wide range of nature, heritage and adventure tours throughout the many unique regions of Western and Central Victoria. Guided tours are available across the Goldfields, Daylesford & Spa Country, Pyrenees Wine Region, Grampians National Park, and Great Ocean Road! 


  • There are heaps of fantastic swimming spots throughout the Victorian Goldfields, including the Loddon River, Cairn Curran Reservoir, Laanecoorie, Turpins Falls, and many more!


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Rob Bayliss
Does anyone know if dogs on lead are allowed here?
Goldfields Guide
Hi Rob, there are signs at the Cascades Nature Conservation Reserve outlining visitor restrictions, and while they specifically ask that visitors do not litter, light fires, remove firewood, remove soil or rock, use vehicles off road, or use firearms, there is no mention of any restrictions regarding dogs.
Rob Bayliss
Thank you so much. I may go for a drive without them to check it out. Appreciate the response
Hi Rob Did you manage to find out if dogs are allowed at Cascades? We are hoping to visit next weekend with our dog but can't find any info on whether we can bring her Thanks
Rob Bayliss
Sorry, for the late response. I didn't receive the notification until this weekend. I never managed get out there.
Cathy Thomas
let us all know Rob, if you do find out if dogs are allowed there thankyou
Sooo. Are dogs allowed?
Goldfields Guide
There is a sign at The Cascades which outlines detailed restrictions (not allowed to camp, hunt, fish, remove rock/soil, etc) and dogs are not included on this list. Dogs are permitted to visit the Coliban Reservoir in general, and as they are not listed as a restriction in this particular reserve they are fine to bring here on a lead.
Recently visited over Easter Holidays. Beautiful location - dogs are allowed. There were lots of friendly pets - off-leash.

Tip: Wear a mosquito repellent!
Would love to know the cultural significance of this special place. I reckon the goldfields guide could do better and name the traditional owners and provide pre-colonial history. Platforms like this can play a great role in prompting curiosity about the cultural significance of such natural wonders in the lives and history of our first Australians.
Michael Nott
A belated (2023) reply to Amy. I too would like to know of cultural significance to First Nations people. It's a bit of minefield trying to get information. Our local Landcare group contacted the Shire only to be informed that Parks Victoria looks after the site but guess what: no mention of the Cascades on Parks Victoria website. We will persevere!