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Morwell River Falls, The Perfect Day Trip

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The Morwell River flows through valleys of the Strzelecki Ranges for more than 40 kilometres. Thanks to Gippsland’s fertile land, the area is renowned for its Mountain Ash Eucalyptus trees towering over jungle-like undergrowth. Lesser known, is the set of waterfalls that lie in the upper reaches of the river. Hence the name, Morwell River Falls.

The first, and prettiest of the drops is framed by an overhanging tree branch that exaggerates its landscape orientation. Moving downstream the Gippsland water can then be seen cascading over two consecutive drops. The falls aren’t overly grand or powerful; however, this secret location offers a sense of calming tranquility. Thankfully, a local group of friends do a fantastic job maintaining the area, ensuring that the Morwell River Falls are easily accessible.

thriving vegetation on the Morwell River Falls banks

The cherry on top: The swing at the base of the first fall really adds to the serenity! Despite its shabby appearance the swing is fine for use. 

Looking for other waterfalls? Check out our curated list of waterfalls near Melbourne.

For another stunning spot, visit Toorongo Falls is another fantastic waterfall located in Gippsland. It’s only 2 hours from Melbourne and not far from Morwell.

Morwell River Falls framed by an overhanging branch and swing

Key Information

  • Water flows all year round
  • Morwell River Road is unsealed for some of the journey, but a 4WD vehicle is not essential
  • Steep Slippery Steps

Getting to Morwell River Falls

  1. Use the address 965 Morwell River Road, Grand Ridge
  2. You will arrive at the intersection of Morwell River Road and Livingston Road. Continue on Morwell River Road keeping the river to your right for another 6 km or roughly 15 minutes.
  3. Keep your eyes peeled for a clearing and gate on your right hand side, park here.
  4. Walk past the gate and take any path down to the falls.

Portrait photo of the second drop at Morwell River Falls

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Matt Charlesworth is the co-founder of Humble Trail, an independent publisher born from a passion to showcase Australia's natural wonders. With a love for outdoor adventures, Matt has spent countless weekends surfing at Phillip Island and dreaming of van conversions for ultimate Australian explorations. Though he has stepped back to allow a dedicated team to lead, his spirit of adventure and dedication to connecting people with the beauty of Australia continue to inspire the content and vision of Humble Trail.


  1. Can anyone tell me if there are toilets at the Morwell river waterfalls campground please?

  2. Hey Matt
    I was wondering how far to the falls from where you park? I dont want to drag my 4yo along if its too far for her

    • Hi Heather,
      The falls aren’t far! Luckily it’s only a 200m walk or so to the main waterfall that is pictured with the swing. The walk does have a steep section that can be slippery. The second set of falls is just a further 50 metres down stream. I don’t think your 4yo will struggle with this one! 🙂

  3. Thanks Matt for your info. It’s direct & informative. The address for Maps was a bonus. We’re on the journey now. Cheers

  4. Is this track pram friendly? I have a 4 month old and an 11 year old I am happy to carry the 4 month old a pram would just be easier and helps me carry water bottles and so forth.

    • Hi Robyn,
      The track is definitely not suitable, it’s only short but not ideal for a pram. Bit rough, skinny and slippery at times. Hope that helps!


    • Hi Lisa, confirming that dogs are allowed. It’s not a national park and no laws forbid otherwise. Enjoy with your furry friends!

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