We are blessed to have, here, such a large amount of waterfalls to visit in North East Victoria. Some are remote and hard to find, others are right next to a main road. To visit some require a lengthy bushwalk, whilst others have a car park only 50 metres away.
As time passes I will try to visit as many waterfalls as possible, so hopefully this post will be the first of many regarding water falls to visit in North East Victoria and even all around our great country. Australia is spoilt for choices when it comes to must see water falls, and the North East Of Victoria is certainly no exception. In this post I will share 4 waterfalls to visit in North East Victoria. You may, or may not have heard or visited some of these, and hopefully this encourages you to venture out and visit these, or even other waterfalls not mentioned here.
- Lima Falls, Lima, Victoria.
- Woolshed Falls, Beechworth, Victoria.
- Paradise Falls, Cheshunt, Victoria.
- Bindaree Falls, Mt Buller/Mt Stirling, Victoria.
LIMA FALLS, LIMA.
I have already written a blog post on the Lima Falls, however I will give a brief recap. Positioned in the foot hills of the Strathbogie Ranges, in White Gum Gully, the Lima Falls are situated along the Parkes creek.
A lengthy little walk from the small roadside car park is required to see these falls. The walk takes you along a well worn path through some glorious native bushland. About halfway along the walk there is warning sign, It is at this sign where you can choose to walk to the top of the falls or continue along to the bottom of the falls.
The top of the Lima Falls allows you to look down over the rock face of the falls. In the drier months it is possible to carefully walk across the falls, however extreme care must be taken as the rock face is extremely slippery and best to be avoided, believe me I learnt the hard way. The bottom of the falls allows you to look back up towards the falls where you can see the grandeur of these small waterfalls.
WOOLSHED FALLS, BEECHWORTH.
The beautiful historic township of Beechworth has numerous amazing places to visit and sites to see. The birthplace of the celebrated Beechworth Bakery, Beechworth also has a rather large waterfall approximately 6km North of the township, along the Beechworth-Chiltern Rd.
The Woolshed Falls car park also has a picnic area and toilet block situated there as well. From the car park you have a choice to venture one of three ways.
The first takes you to a lookout , that looks out across Reedy Creek and the amazing Woolshed Falls. Between 1918 and 1920 almost 2000 ounces ( 57 kilograms ) of gold was mined out of the pool at the bottom of the falls. Miners diverted water around the water falls and the pool at the bottom to allow themselves to extract all of that gold. From this lookout it is possible to see the steel rods, that the steel water diversion pipe was mounted to, still fixed to the rock wall.
The second pathway leads you to the waterfalls themselves. During low flow times it is possible to walk around on the waterfalls and look around. During summer months these falls become quite popular with locals and tourists alike, who find, and claim, one of the many rock pools to dip their feet in and cool off.
The third pathway is a walking track that takes you back along Reid’s Creek back to Beechworth. Along this track you will come across Clear Creek Falls. I am unsure what this walking track and the Clear Creek Falls is like, as when we visited it was a hot day and our two kids were hot and worn out and not in the mood for anymore adventure on that particular day.
PARADISE FALLS, CHESHUNT.
Located approximately 14km South of Cheshunt in the King Valley region, along the aptly named Paradise Falls Rd, sits Paradise Falls. Once you arrive at the car park, there is a lengthy little walk to the waterfalls themselves. This walk leads you through some beautiful native, Alpine National Park bushland, with some sections even providing views across the valley towards some amazing rocky escarpments.
The waterfalls themselves are quite grand and when the rain falls, the flows can be quite special. The walking track takes you right underneath the falls and during the warmer months, standing beneath the falls leaves you in a cool, yet highly humid environment that is very surreal.
I would suggest a moderate level of fitness would be advised if venturing out to Paradise Falls as it is often during the return trip that fatigue sets in.
Whilst in the area you could easily drive across to Powers Lookout, after your waterfalls adventure. Powers Lookout, looks out over the King Valley region and is named after the infamous bushranger Ned Kelly’s mentor, Harry Power.
BINDAREE FALLS, Mt BULLER / Mt STIRLING.
Tucked away in the valley at the base of Mt Buller and Mt Stirling, Bindaree Falls sits on a little creek along the Bindaree Rd, on the edge of the Alpine National Park.
The walk to these falls is mainly uphill, from the road side car park, and will take approximately 10-15 minutes to get to. Along the way you can get up close and personal to a variety of native flowers, bushes plants and trees. As you traverse the walking track and look out across the creek, you almost get to eyeball some of the tree tops that are growing next to the creek. If you are lucky enough you may even get to see an eagle’s nest in the tree tops, something that I have previously been lucky enough to have once witnessed.
Once at the Bindaree Falls, a safety guard rail prevents you from stepping out onto the slippery rocks at the base of the falls. Just like at Paradise Falls, the track leads you to underneath the falls themselves and the cool yet high humidity environment there is an unreal feeling, that is hard to describe.
Whilst in the area it is only a short drive to the renowned Craigs Hut. Craigs Hut was built for, and used, for filming of the iconic Australian movie, The Man From Snowy River, and is well worth the visit.
The waterfalls, and their surrounding areas are all amazing and beautiful in their own right, with each having its own distinct little signature. The waterfalls that I have mentioned are amazing but don’t take my word for it get out there and see for yourself.
If you have been to any of these four waterfalls or you think that there are others around worth a look, go to the comments section and tell me your experiences, I would love to hear about them.