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9 incredible waterfalls in Victoria

Hidden within mountain ranges and ancient rainforests you’ll find Victoria's waterfalls.

They all promise cascades of water, and rainbows glittering across their deep, clear pools.

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What are the best waterfalls in Victoria?

It’s hard to define what the best are, as there are so many, but we all have our favourites. The waterfalls in Victoria we have dubbed as the best are as follows:

MacKenzie Falls

Location: Grampians National Park

Journey from Melbourne: 3 hours 10 minutes (270km)

The Grampians offer a true getaway from the city, complete with terrain for skiing, biking, horseriding and hiking. The last activity will take you to MacKenzie Falls, the most vaunted within the national park. Nearby, you’ll also find the lovely Venus Baths, a unique set of natural rock pools, and one of the park’s most popular attractions.

Fish Falls

Location: Grampians National Park

Journey from Melbourne: 3 hours 10 minutes (272km)

Also found in the Grampians is the less well known Fish Falls. This is a bit of a hidden gem, partially because you’ll have to walk around 5-6km (return) to get these falls, however, this is perfect if you fancy an afternoon hiking in this beautiful national park.  You’ll follow the Mackenzie River past several gullies up to the falls which make their way across 60m of undulating rock.

Beauchamp Falls

Location: Beech Forest

Journey from Melbourne: 2 hours 30 minutes (202km)

There are few waterfalls in Victoria that command such a beautiful vista as Beauchamp Falls do. Cascading down moss studded rocks and framed in lush, emerald ferns, and towering ancient trees, you’d be forgiven for thinking you stepped back into the Jurassic era. If you’re sure-footed, you can make your way to the bottom of the falls and have a dip in the (albeit freezing) water.

Hopetoun Falls

Location: Beech Forest

Journey from Melbourne: 2 hours 30 minutes (203km)

Hopetoun is one of the most celebrated falls in Victoria, and so close to Beauchamp Falls that you can make a trip of it and see both. The 30m falls are impressive, and are a wonderful place to sit by the stream and take in the vista. As with Beauchamp you can also swim in the pools below.

Erskine Falls

Location: Lorne

Journey from Melbourne: 2 hours 10 minutes (152km)

The Great Ocean Road boasts waterfalls galore, but the one you must place on your itinerary is the Erskine Falls. This impressive waterfall emerges from dense bushland and cascades down some 30m. Best of all, there are two lookouts from which to see the falls, the upper one and the lower, that will take you to the bottom of the falls. Well worth your time.

Triplet Falls

Location: Great Otway National Park

Journey from Melbourne: 2 hours 30 minutes (200km)

Close to the Erskine Falls, a little further down the coastline, is the Triplet Falls. Seeing both waterfalls, one after the other, makes for a great day out, and a fantastic contrast: whereas the Erskine falls has the lone drop, triple falls has, as you might expect, three cascades. The looping walk through the rainforest is lovely too, a fairly easy trail that takes one hour in total.

Trentham Falls

Location: Hepburn Shire

Journey from Melbourne: 1 hour 10 minutes (93km)

Of course, if you’re after impressive falls then you have to go to Trentham, which boasts one of the longest single drop of all of Victoria’s waterfalls, setting its cap at 32m. It also has the advantage of being really accessible, so if you have any mobility issues, or are with small children, this waterfall is easy to view and admire from the lookout point.

Wannon Falls

Location: Hamilton

Journey from Melbourne: 3 hours 30 minutes (320km)

In the west of Victoria is Wannon Falls, a striking type of cascades known as a punchbowl waterfall. Essentially the stream of water is forced through a narrow channel and falls outwards into the ‘bowl’ of water below. This is one for photographers and historians alike, as there is a lot to learn about the local area and Indigenous people, the Koori. It’s certainly one of the most interesting waterfalls in Victoria.

Rollason Falls

Location: Mount Buffalo National Park

Journey from Melbourne: 3 hours 40 minutes (330km)

In Victoria’s Alpine region, set within Mount Buffalo National Park, is Rollason Falls. These falls are for keen hikers, as they lay halfway up Mount Buffalo itself. If you trek your way up there though, there’s a prize: you can cool off in the pool and creek it feeds into, and sunbathe along the rocks that frame it. Well worth the journey up there.

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