A trip to the Great Otway National Park is not complete unless you also visit the magnificent
Waterfalls in the Otways
Waterfalls in the Otways are for the most part easy to find and easy to get to. A large proportion of this park is made up of temperate rainforests and where we have rainforests we have waterfalls. Otway waterfalls are both plentiful and beautiful. You will find below a selection of some of the better known falls in this area and a little information on each. Your accommodation provider will be able to give you more exacting directions.
Beauchamp Falls (pronounced Beechum Falls by the locals) is a beautiful waterfall also situated on the Aire Valley Road in close proximity to Hopetoun Falls. The pleasant walk amongst the native forest trees and ferns as well as the waterfalls classic rectangular shape is what makes these falls so memorable. If you do one you may as well do the other.
Located on the Aire Valley Road just past Beech Forest, Hopetoun Falls is one of the Otways must see waterfalls. A viewing platform allows you to view the falls from the carpark area. A short walk down the gully and along the boardwalk takes you to the base of the falls. After the falls if you continue to drive down the Aire Valley Road, you will come to a selection of magnificent Californian Redwoods. Just over 70 yrs old, these trees need to be seen to be believed.
Marriners Falls is a small waterfall nestled towards the back of Apollo Bay. The walk to the falls involves about five stream crossings – most of which will require you to hop over a few boulders here and there to keep your feet dry. The walk takes about one hour return and can be a pretty popular spot given it is so close to town.
Triplet Falls is probably the most scenic of all the waterfalls in the Otways. If you are lucky enough to see them in winter after the rains they are a spctacular sight. The falls are located at the very end of Philips Track near Beech Forest. The Otway Fly is on this road so it really is a must see while you are there. The walk is fairly easy – perhaps a little steep on the way back. The Little Aire Falls is also located here. They are not as spectacular but it’s a lovely 2 hour return walk through the forest.
Erskine Falls are at the end of Erskine Falls Road 10 kilometres back into the forest from Lorne. There is a viewing point above the falls which is a pleasant 5 minute stroll. The walking track to the base of the falls can be a bit steep in places but it’s worth the effort. The falls cascade over a 30 metre high ledge. Very popular.
Stevensons Falls is about a five minute drive from the small town of Barramunga right in the middle of the Otways. The walking track to get to the falls is quite picturesque as it shadows the Gellibrand River before arriving at a viewing platform. There is some great accommodation in this area but if you prefer to camp this is an official camping area.
Both the Lower and Upper Kalimna Falls are to be found in the Lorne-Angahook State park. There is a few hours walking involved if you want to see both waterfalls. The Lower Kalimna Falls are perhaps the most scenic as you can actually get behind the cascades. It really is beautiful. The car park for the Lower and Upper Kalimna Falls is roughly 4 kilometres west of Lorne along the Allenvale Road
Sabine Falls is the tallest waterfall complex in the Otway Ranges, consisting of three waterfalls, cascading down a 130 metre escarpment at the head of Smythe Creek. The track to the falls is an easy one hour walk and is only about 30 minutes drive north of Apollo Bay.
Galliebarinda Falls is one of the true gems of the Otways. This is one of the best falls to have a dip in. Situated inland from Cumberland River.
Johanna Falls is located on the Blue Johanna Road. Worth scrambling through the blackberries to experience these small falls. Ask your accommodation provider how to get there.
Congrams Falls is just off Congram Creek Rd. This is a closed road (locked gate) but you can walk past it. It’s off Binns Rd at Beech Forrest. Walk down track about 500m; you will cross a culvert drain and hear running water. Step into scrub and you’re at the top. Getting down is very tough and it is not recommended to do this by yourself.