With 10 waterfalls within 10km of Lorne and over 60km of marked tracks, there is plentiful time to indulge in the quiet that comes with the soft pitter-patter of flowing water.
Filled every which way with natural beauty Lorne is the perfect place to fall in love with the great outdoors all-year-round, but especially in the cooler months when the waterfalls are spectacularly overflowing.
Be hypnotized by the roar of falling droplets pounding the depths below as Lorne and surrounding Otway’s region invites you to experience the delight of some of Australia’s most sensational waterfalls. Accessed by a range of pleasurable walking tracks, you’ll discover delightful eucalyptus trees, rocky gorges and marvellous ferns along the way.
For more information on these charming waterfalls enquire at the Lorne Visitor Information Centre.
Download the Lorne Walks and Waterfalls Map to plan your experience.
One of the most popular waterfalls in the Otway’s, the Erskine Falls is famous for it’s remarkable 30m plunge into a lavish tree-fern gully.
The easiest way to see the Falls is to drive to the Erskine Falls Car Park up Erskine Falls road behind Lorne. It is a 300m walk to the first lookout or 300 steps down to the base of the Falls.
Amble along a gentle track to reach Won Wondah Falls. A short walk, just 3.6km long, the entire family can journey through the midst of a glorious fern gully, crossing paths with these spectacular natural phenomenons along the way.
A calm track with a few small dips and raises, Henderson Falls leads past Won Wondah falls and into the arms of a gigantic eucalyptus tree. Also suitable for those desiring a relaxed and atmospheric afternoon, Henderson Falls offers something special for the entire family.
After crossing the marvellous St George River and hugging the edge of an orchard, this walk climbs on a vehicle track above the rocky bed of St George River. A moderate 3.5km walk; Phantom Falls is one for those lazy Sunday adventurers.
With a unique history The Kalimna Falls is not one to be missed. The 6.5km return lower falls walk and the 8.5km upper falls walk follows the route of a timber tramway used for transporting timber to the Lorne pier between the 1890’s and 1920’s.
This is a short and easy 30-minute walk around the picnic area, taking you through ferny glades with tall manna gums relaxing overhead. Perfect for stretching out your legs after a relaxing evening BBQ, Sheoak Falls also plays host to a number of glistening glow worms eager to make your evening stroll one you’ll never forget.
One of the most beautiful river Valleys in the Otways, Cumberland Falls possesses many magnificent attributes. Experience the cool touch of peaceful pools on a hot summers day and delight in awe of dramatic cliffs and never ending views. The 6km return walk is at times tremulous, with numerous river crossing and some unsteady rocks under foot. Those with a taste for adventure will fall in love with Cumberland Falls and never look back.
Only 10 minutes from the car park, Swallow Cave is quaint and beautiful. A 2.2km return moderate walk, the caves come alive from spring to autumn, when the sun is shining and nesting birds are present.
Walk through tall eucalyptus and lush tree ferns to an open area at the base of breathtaking cascades, which flow over a series of exposed shale ledges and are formed by luxuriant ferns and mosses. A 4.2km round trip, pack up your lunches and prepare to get acquainted with the glorious earthly surroundings. Start at Blanket Leaf Picnic ground.
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