The almighty Trentham Falls stands at 32-metres tall claiming the title as the highest single drop waterfall in Victoria.
You’ve probably heard the news, the walking trail down to Trentham Falls was closed in 2015 by Parks Victoria. However, the lookout point is open and can be reached by a 70-metre walk from the carpark either via stairs or a steep, gravel ramp.
The old track continues past a gate at the lookout point for another 150-metres down and around to the base of the falls. The walking trail is very steep, unmaintained and has been subject to landslides in the past. If you choose to ignore the signs, walk in the middle of existing tracks and stick to durable surfaces such as rocks to reduce your impact.
The orange and red basalt columns makes Trentham Falls truly unique. A section of the volcanic rock to the left of the falls has eroded to form an overhang and a cave inside. According to information boards, there’s evidence of widening cracks that suggest the columns above are due to fall in coming years.
Trentham Falls is an easy hour drive North-West of Melbourne, deep in the gorgeous Macedon Ranges region. The carpark is large as well as BBQ’s, picnic tables and flushing toilets on site.
How to get to Trentham Falls
- Travel towards Trentham Scenic Reserve Road. **
- Follow signs for Trentham Falls and park in the carpark.
- Take the stairs or ramp down to lookout point.
** All roads are sealed and easily accessed.
During Winter or Spring after heavy rainfall.
Very easy to lookout. Difficult to base of falls.
15-minute drive to Firth Park Campground
Permitted on lead. Toilets?
Yes, flushing toilets at carpark.
Looking up, I watched on in awe of the power of Trentham Falls. I felt dwarfed by the power of nature here, it’s easily the most thrilling sight in Victoria when this gem comes alive. The walk down is very sketchy and presents many of its own dangers. I’ve read other articles about swimming at Trentham in Summer but the jagged rocks and murky brown plunge pool doesn’t look like a warm welcome to me.