Last Visited: 18/04/2009
Length (km): 3 km
Time (hrs/min): 1 hour
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Return
Region: South-West Victoria
Park: Great Otway National Park
Closest Town: Apollo Bay (34 km)
Maximum Elevation: Unknown
Total Ascent: Unknown
Further Details / Source(s): I found out about this walk on the Visit Victoria website. General information on the area is also available at ParkWeb.
Car Access: From Skenes Creek, head north on the Skenes Creek-Forest Road (I didn’t see a sign indicating this – only one pointing to Colac and Geelong). When you come to the town of Barramunga there will be a sign pointing left to the Stevensons Falls Camping Area (in 300 metres). There is no sign indicating this at the actual turn-off but the road is called Upper Gellibrand Road. Follow this dirt road for approximately 7 km and you will come to the camping area where at a T-intersection, there will be a sign pointing right to the walking track. Follow the road to the right until you reach the end of the camping area and park here, where there is signs pointing to the walking track.
When we approached the carpark we realised that this walk was going to be the complete opposite of the Sabine Falls walk (which we had done earlier in the day). The hills surrounding the camping ground are pine plantations that have been recently harvested. The majority of the area has been replanted so it’s covered with only weeds and young pine tree’s layed out in perfect rows. I found this a fairly depressing place to be and we nearly decided against doing this walk for this reason but we had seen a picture of the waterfall, so we decided it would be worth a visit.
Walk alongside the Gellibrand River for approximately 10 minutes from the carpark (watching out for the blackberries!). A short section of this path is through a nice fern-gully but even here weeds are taking over and other than this small area, the walk is not all that nice. The track will intersect at this point with two gravel roads. Follow the sign pointing to the “Day Visitor Area”. You may choose to walk on the gravel road but there is also a walking track which runs alongside the road.
You will soon find yourself at another picnic area where there is a bridge crossing the Gellibrand River. Cross the river and follow the track for another 10 minutes until you reach the falls. As you draw closer to the falls, the surroundings do become nicer but weeds are still choking much of the vegetation. However, the falls will not dissapoint. They are visible for the last 100 metres of the walk but only appear more amazing as you approach the viewing platform at the end of the track.
This definitely isn’t a walk I would otherwise recommend but the falls make it worthwhile. I’ve read on other websites that in dry-weather periods, the picnic ground (from where the falls are only a 10 minute walk) can be accessed by car. If you want to try this, turn left (rather than right) at the T-intersection when entering the camping ground. However, I haven’t tried this so I can’t provide any guarantee that you will be able to cross the river in your car.
There was some very interesting bird-life along the way but the only real attraction to this spot is the waterfall itself. If you like the looks of my picture (below) and have some time to spare whilst in the area, you should go and have a look!
This gives an idea of the scenery at the beginning of the walk
One of the nicer parts of the track
Have you visited the Stevensons Falls? If you have any stories, updates or corrections, please let us know by commenting below.
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