Map: Stanley Park (and Stanley Park Waterfall) is marked on the map in the ParkWeb Park Note: Macedon Regional Park – Visitor Guide but I haven’t been able to find any map of the actual park. Use my description (below) of where I walked or just stroll around the park.
Last Visited: 20/01/2010
Length (km): approx. 500 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Time (hrs/min): 45 mins
Grade: Easy
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Circuit
Region: Melbourne
Park: Stanley Park
Closest Town: Mount Macedon
Maximum Elevation: approx. 553 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Total Ascent: approx. 8 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Further Details / Source(s): I actually visited the park because I drove past a sign in the main street of Mount Macedon, saying there was a waterfall there. I haven’t been able to find out much about the place on-line.
Car Access: From Mount Macedon Road, turn west on Salisbury Road and park in the second carpark on your left.

 

Begin by heading to the wooden platform that you should be able to see from the car. This overlooks the top of the falls… It doesn’t provide the best views but has been put in place due to a couple of people being injured in recent years due to falling over the edge. From here, follow the stone path over to the stairs and down into the fern gully. Here you’ll find yourself surrounded by native grasses, tree-ferns and other interesting vegetation, and not to far to your left, the Turitable Creek cascades over a rocky ledge into the gully.

I was lucky enough to meet a lady here who volunteers on the park’s Management Committee (it is managed by Macedon Ranges Shire Council) so I was effectively given a guided tour! She described all the great clean-up and revegetation work that they have been doing with the help of several different groups who have also volunteered their time. Even without the guided tour the waterfall is a beautiful place to visit, which is why it’s made it onto the blog despite the fact it’s really not much of a hike.

From the falls, head back past the staircase and take the small walking track to your right. This will take you back to the carpark. If you want to explore further, there is another track to the left or a vehicle track further along on the right which could be explored.


The lookout over the falls

 

Stanley Park Waterfall
The falls

 

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