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Loddon Falls

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Sewells Road, Glenlyon VIC 3461

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Features

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.

HOW TO GET TO LODDON FALLS

Loddon Falls is accessed via Sewells Road in Glenlyon. The parking area is accessible by all vehicles in dry weather, 4wd only in wet weather, or it is a 1.1 km walk from Holocombe Road along Sewells Road to the car park.

Walk to the bottom of Loddon Falls

A short walking track takes you from the parking area to an information sign which overlooks the gorge, providing fascinating details about the reserve's geology, flora, fauna and landcare. From the sign, walk down the hill to the edge of the gorge and keep an eye out for the steep rocky steps leading down towards the river. A short scramble down will bring you to the pool beneath the falls, with beautiful views along the way.

Viewing Loddon Falls from the top

To view Loddon Falls from the top, instead of heading down the steps to the river below you can walk to the left along the edge of the gorge for an amazing view down over the waterfall. 

Warning: This is a high cliff with no safety barriers, be wary of the edge and supervise children at all times. 

Swimming at Loddon Falls


The waterhole beneath Loddon Falls is a beautiful spot for swimming, surrounded by dramatic scenery and complemented by the sound of rushing water.

When is the best time to visit Loddon Falls

The best time to visit Loddon Falls is winter/spring, and early summer. Loddon Falls does dry up over summer/autumn. 

Safety at Loddon Falls

While exploring Loddon Falls, be wary of cliffs, uneven ground and prickle bushes. Don't let small children run ahead as you are walking down the hill towards the gorge/waterfall. There are sudden cliffs with no safety rail. 

There are also several open mine shafts down in the gorge along the river.

More information on Loddon Falls

An information sign at the Loddon Falls Reserve displays the following text:

LODDON FALLS

Geology

Imagine the violent volcanic eruptions that occurred in this area over the past 2.5 million years. Picture a massive red hot lava flow heading downstream, filling the deeply incised ancient river channel with molten rock and rapidly cooling to form huge hexagonal columns of basalt.

With the ancient channel now rock-filled, the returning stream was forced to create a new river channel, over and around the basalt before dropping 20 to 30 metres through the narrow gorge and flowing into the widening valley below. 

Flora

It's hard to imagine how plants can grow seemingly out of the rocks, but as you look across the gorge, you will see that large numbers of Blackwoods, River Bottlebrush and Tree Violets thrive by soaking up pockets of water and nutrients in the rockface. Looking down-stream the vegetation changes significantly as the gorge recedes and the river channel widens. The deeper soils support remnant stands of Manna Gums These beautiful trees tower over the steep sloping banks, which are covered with a blanket of Common Tussock Grass and Austral Bracken.

Fauna

The Loddon Falls area is teeming with wildlife, yet little is seen. In the deep rock pools frogs call to their mates, while skinks scamper up and down the rock face. Mainly nocturnal, the shy Black Wallabies shelter among the thick grasses and shrubs, while the Eastern Grey Kangaroos make occasional visits. 

Occasionally a slow moving Echidna can be seen shambling up the slopes. Amongst the many birds that frequent this site, you will see the Welcome Swallows darting through the gorge, while hawks circle up above. 

Land Management

The impact of gold mining, timber harvesting, grazing and bush fires have dramatically changed the landscape of this area, reducing native vegetation and increasing weed invasion.

Glenlyon and Upper Loddon Landcare, in partnership with the North Central Catchment Management Authority and Parks Victoria, have undertaken extensive work to eradicate weeds, erect fencing and re-establish native vegetation, a very challenging task, given the rocky terrain.

Weed management is one of the most challenging tasks to undertake at Loddon Falls with rocky outcrops and very steep slopes making it difficult to access areas infested with invasive weeds such as willows, blackberries, gorse, broom and hawthorn. Intensive planting with local species is assisting in inhibiting their spread.

Plantings can often be undermined by the very animals they will eventually provide habitat for. Wallabies browse on native shrubs and trees, rather than grazing on grass like the kangaroos. This causes locals to have mixed feelings about the wallabies, as they can destroy freshly planted indigenous vegetation in a single night!

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DID YOU KNOW...

  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • There are heaps of fantastic swimming spots throughout the Victorian Goldfields, including the Loddon River, Cairn Curran Reservoir, Laanecoorie, Turpins Falls, and many more!
  • There are many great places throughout the Goldfields that offer gorgeous, panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.
 

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