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The Cascades

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Cascades Road, Metcalfe VIC 3448

Features

  • 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. 

Several picnic tables are dotted along the grassy slope alongside The Cascades, and it is just a moments stroll from the gravel parking area down to the water. 

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. 

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. 

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. 



DID YOU KNOW...

  • 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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