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Trentham Falls

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Trentham Scenic Reserve Road, Trentham VIC 3458

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  • Waterfall
  • Lookout
  • Short walk
  • Picnic tables
  • Wood fire barbecue
  • Toilets
  • Dogs allowed on lead
Trentham Falls is Victoria's highest single drop waterfall, where the Coliban River plunges 32 metres down over magnificent basalt columns before continuing on through the gorge below. A viewing area overlooks the waterfall and gorge, accessed by a quick 70 metre walk from the car park. An illustrated sign at the lookout provides fascinating information and a detailed diagram of the waterfall's geology.

The walk to the viewing area from the car park takes you down some steps and along the edge of the gorge. Fences are installed along the edge for visitors' safety - do not climb any fences and do not attempt to access the top of the waterfall or the gorge below, access to these areas has been removed due to dangerous cliffs and unstable edges. 

Alongside the car park, visitor facilities include picnic tables, fire pit / wood fire barbecue, and flushing toilets. 

Trentham Falls are best viewed in winter and spring, the waterfall may be dry during summer and autumn. 

The information sign (provided by Trentham Landcare) at the viewing area displays the following text:


Some five million years ago the old Coliban River flowed through a picturesque gully lined with blackwood forest. 

One day this environment was shattered and burnt as a wall of molten lava advanced northwards from a small volcano to the south, completely filling the gully. Remains of the timber and even a platypus skull have been found in the silty ash beneath the rock face.

The lava cooled very slowly and, as it solidified, contraction caused vertical cracking, creating columns.

The present Coliban River has eroded by back-cutting. Once the falls were further downstream but undercutting and collapses have shifted them to their present position.

Basalt columns and whole sections of rock face collapse as spray undercuts soft river sediments. In the near future, the area to your left is expected to fall. Tell-tale signs of this can be seen in water seepages and widening cracks.

Already some large blocks have fallen reminding us that this erosion is an ongoing and natural process. 


  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • 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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