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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 a stunning waterfall on the Coliban River, plunging 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.


Where is Trentham Falls?

Trentham Falls is located a short two minute drive from the scenic town of Trentham, Victoria. 

Situated on the Coliban River, Trentham Falls is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Victorian Goldfields - and one of the easiest to view!
  • Daylesford to Trentham Falls: 19 minutes
  • Ballarat to Trentham Falls: 58 minutes
  • Bendigo to Trentham Falls: 1 hour 3 minutes
  • Melbourne CBD to Trentham Falls: 1 hour 12 minutes

Walk to Trentham Falls

Walk from the Trentham Falls car park 
How long is the Trentham Falls walk? From the Trentham Falls car park, it takes just a minute or two to reach the viewing area. 

This walk is short and easy, taking you down some steps and along the edge of the gorge. 

It will only take one or two minutes to get to the viewing area. 

Walk from Trentham
You can also walk to Trentham Falls from Trentham itself, via a 3km (45 minute) intermediate walk. 

Walking Maps has a great map of this walk.


Visitor facilities alongside the car park at Trentham Falls include picnic tables, fire pit / wood fire barbecue, and flushing toilets.

When is the best time to visit Trentham Falls? 

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

Can you get to the bottom of Trentham Falls?

No. Access to these areas has been prohibited due to unstable edges and dangerous cliffs. 

Fences are installed along the edge of the gorge for visitors' safety - do not climb any fences and do not attempt to access the top of Trentham Falls or the base of Trentham Falls in the gorge below

Can you swim at Trentham Falls? 

No, access to the waterfall is prohibited. But we've got great news - you can swim at nearby Loddon Falls and The Blowhole!

Are dogs allowed at Trentham Falls?

Yes, dogs are permitted at Trentham Falls, but must be on on a lead. 

Interesting information on Trentham Falls

An 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. 

More amazing places to check out

Sailors Falls, the Hepburn Blowhole, and Loddon Falls are located close to Trentham Falls and are great to visit in the same trip. 

Click to check out many more of the beautiful waterfalls of the Victorian Goldfields.

You may also be interested in:


  • 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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