Apollo Bay waterfalls
If you think about Apollo Bay the first thing that comes to ones mind is ‘sand, sea and beaches’. We are so lucky to live so close to some of australias finest beaches and as lovely as they all are they alone are not defining what Apollo Bay has to offer. Not only have we got spectecular beaches with fine soft, white sand along with clear blue waters all year around, we have so much more for you to explore. Did you know we have more than a handfull of the most popular waterfalls in the Otways just a short distance from township? Every waterfall is unique in its own ways making eveyone of them worth to explore and discover. Parks victoria and our local shire have done and are still doing a fantastic job of upkeeping all walks and trails conected with our magnificent falls. If you stick to the guidelins set by Parks you will be safe to visit them all.
My 3 go-to waterfalls when having family and friends coming from overseas are:
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.
Triplet Falls is one of the iconic visitor sites in the Great Otway National Park. Nestled amongst the ancient forests 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.
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. Dogs are permited due to the Stevenson Falls being located in state forrest.
All three of these falls are less then 50 minutes away from the township of Apollo Bay which makes them an ideal destination for a days worth of waterfall exploring in the Otways.
All of our waterfalls are great to discover no matter what season you are visiting them. Just imagion walking the falls trails in spring and summer time while hiding in the cooling shade beneath the impressive crown of the rain forrest, let your mind take in the beauty of what will become long lasting memories for you and your family. Even in autumn and winter the falls are a must visit when in Apollo Bay. After the autumn and winter reainfalls the rivers and streams are roaring and so are our waterfalls. Rugg yourselfs up and walk hand in hand closer to the water spectecular which you will be able to hear before you can see it.