Choose from six spectacular waterfalls walks in the Otway Ranges, all within 50 minutes drive of Apollo Bay.
Beauchamp Falls crashes over a ledge into a large pool just outside Beech Forest, this 20-metre waterfall rewards a somewhat strenuous walk. To get to the falls, take the walking path from the picnic area, located off the Aire Valley Road. The three-kilometre path is an hour's walk return, and requires reasonable fitness. The descent to the falls leads to a viewing platform (there is no access to the falls). The path back is steep and has steps that can be slippery when wet. Take care when walking in damp conditions.
Distance: 3km return | Time: 1 hour | Difficulty: Strenuous
Carisbrook Falls is a short and easy walk. It's only 10 mins from the carpark on an evenly graded path to a lookout over the gorge to the falls which are one of the highest along the Great Ocean Road. They do not drop vertically, however tumble down a sloping rockface - best viewed after heavy rain. The walk starts from the carpark located just off the Great Ocean Road, 12kms east of Apollo Bay.
Distance: 1km return | Time: 20 mins | Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Hopetoun Falls has a viewing platform 20 mertres from the carpark which offers spectacular views of the falls as they crash into the Aire River. Or you can take the steeper walk down to the pool at the base of the falls. The walk starts from the carpark located on the Aire Valley Road in Beech Forest.
Distance: 1km return | Time: 30 mins | Difficulty: Moderate
LITTLE AIRE FALLS
Little Aire Falls track takes you through Mountain Ash and rainforests ending at a cantilevered viewing platform with spectacular views over the falls. There are some creek crossings on bridges passing through beautiful fern gullies before reaching the suspended viewing platform. It is a steep climb back up to the carpark. The walk starts from the Triplet Falls carpark located on Phillips Track, just 3km past the Otway Fly Treetop Adventures.
Distance: 5km return | Time: 2 hours | Difficulty: Moderate
Stevensons Falls track begins at the campground and meanders along the edge of the Gellibrand River to the day visitor area. From there, the walking track crosses the river and continues through stands of Douglas Fir trees and then back down to the river. The track ends at the viewing platform at the base of the falls. For the shorter walk, start at the day carpark via the second bridge. There is a large free camping area in peaceful valley, close to river & pines, where dogs and fires are permitted. Located on the Colac-Skenes Creek Road near Barramunga.
Distance: 500m return (short) OR 4.6km return (long) | Time: 20 min (short) OR 1.5hr (long) | Difficulty: Easy
Triplet Falls is one of the iconic visitor sites in the Great Otway National Park. Nestled amongst the ancient forests of Mountain Ash and Myrtle Beech with large sections of expanded metal boardwalks, you will discover three distinct and impressive cascades flowing through shady rainforests and glades of mossy tree ferns. The walk is quite close to the Otway Fly Treetop Adventures located on Phillips Track near Beech Forest. The walk begins with some sections of steep steps so while it's not long, it is not suited to people with limited mobility. There are some very large Mountain Ash trees along the track which are estimated to be around 200 years old. Continuing on the loop back to the carpark, you come to the site of Knott's #1 Mill which operated for more than 20 years from 1909. The remains of a steam boiler overgrown by ferns is now the only evidence of one of the largest timber mills that operated in the West Otways region.
Distance: 2km return | Time: 1 hour | Difficulty: Moderate