5 Must See Waterfalls Near Melbourne, Victoria
A list of the best waterfalls in Melbourne and around Victoria. They may not be as big as waterfalls such as Niagara Falls in the USA or Victoria Falls in Africa, but these waterfalls near Melbourne are definitely still worth a visit and make a great day out.
5 Beautiful Waterfalls near Melbourne
There is nothing better than the sight of a waterfall after a long walk, or the view of the water flowing from a picnic spot looking out. Breathing in that fresh air, and feeling the mist land on your face. So relaxing. I could just stare at some waterfalls all day.
If you are looking for waterfalls in Melbourne you don’t have to go too far. There are some pretty amazing falls in easy reach from the city.
Although we haven’t visited them all (yet), we have rounded up a few of the most impressive waterfalls near Melbourne.
Most of these are family friendly and you can visit with young children. However, there are some waterfalls which are a little more difficult to reach, and are probably more suited for older children, unless you plan on wearing a baby carrier or backpack to carry your child.
Here are our picks of the best waterfalls near Melbourne:
1. Steavenson Falls – Marysville
Steavensons Falls is one of our favourite Waterfalls near Melbourne At an impressive 84 metres tall, Steavenson Falls in Marysville is one of the highest waterfalls in Victoria. Around 90 minutes East of Melbourne, these stunning waterfalls make a gorgeous backdrop for any photo and are easy enough to reach, even with young children.
Once you drive to the Steavenson Falls carpark, the main look out is a short 350m walk along a gravel road which is pram friendly. The upper look out is another 800m if you want to continue.
One of the highlights of Steavenson Falls is the after dark experience, where the path and falls are lit between dusk and 11pm each night.
Make sure to check out the nearby bakery in Marysville for some delicious fresh pastries or Lake Mountain if you are visiting during Winter.
2. Mackenzie Falls – Grampians
A major attraction in the Grampians National Park, Mackenzie Falls are a spectacular site with a panoramic view of water cascading into a large pool below. These are definitely a must see sight if in the area, and one of the main reasons people travel to the Grampians.
The track that takes you to the base of the falls is stunning. It is around 2kms round and will take around an hour and half return. To get to the bottom of the falls, it is quite steep so may be tough for little ones. For those who can make it, they can paddle their feet in the water after the long walk on a warm day.
If that is too much there is also a lookout which is a short easy walk and can be walked with a sturdy pram too.
If you are planning on heading to The Grampians, make sure to check out our post on What to do in Halls Gap.
3. Erskine Falls
Another of our favourites, and most beautiful waterfalls in Melbourne, is Erskine Falls. A 15 minute drive inland from Lorne along the Great Ocean Road. The track isn’t pram friendly so you will need a baby carrier with a young one. Otherwise kids from about 4 years old can easily walk the track with a little help.
It only takes about 15mins to get down and it is a fairly easy walk. There isn’t too much to do when you are down there but the views of the waterfalls are gorgeous.
Getting back up is a little more effort for little ones as the steps are quite steep, but again still one of the most child friendly waterfalls near Melbourne.
4. Mason Falls – Kinglake
Situated in the stunning Kinglake National Park, north of Melbourne are the spectacular Mason Falls. This 45 metre waterfall which cascades over the cliffs, is surrounded by towering forest, and has impressive views of the gorge.
The walk is around 700 metres, and is easy to moderate. Close to the falls is a picnic area where you can enjoy lunch listening to the sound of the crashing water.
You can walk around the surrounding forest areas and see how it has regrown since it was burned in the devastating Black Saturday bushfires.
If you do head to King Lake, make sure to check out King Lake Forest Adventures where you can climb the treetops or go mountain bike riding in the forest.
5. Trentham Falls – Trentham
Located near Daylesford, about 90mins from Melbourne, the Trentham Falls are the longest single drop waterfalls in Victoria.
Unfortunately the walking trail was closed back in 2015, however there is still a lookout point which is an easy walk from the carpark.
The Trentham falls make a great stop on your way back from Daylesford
Waterfalls in Melbourne and Around
Whether you are visiting Melbourne from interstate or abroad, or you are a local, these waterfalls around Melbourne are well worth a visit. We would love to know of others so let us know! Have you visited any of these waterfalls near Melbourne or know of any more?