Agnes Falls

Strzelecki Ranges / South Gippsland Shire / near Welshpool / near Toora, Victoria, Australia

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1.5
Agnes Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Agnes Falls was an impressive multi-tiered waterfall in South Gippsland. We saw this waterfall as part of a long day trip that looped around the Gippsland Region in the eastern part of Victoria. Unfortunately, our visit to this region was in November 2006, which happened to be during one of Australia's longest and worst droughts in its recorded history. Thus, the photos you see on this page showed the falls in somewhat limited flow. Given that the falls was also twisting and falling in multiple drops, the 59m falls looked a lot smaller than it really was (and really should be given the drought) in these photos.

Speaking of its height, a sign here mentioned that it was the highest single span waterfall in the state of Victoria. However, we weren't sure what exactly that meant. After all, Trentham Falls was said to be the tallest single-plunge waterfall in the state at 32m and Steavenson Falls cascaded with a cumulative height of 84m. With Agnes Falls, it also fell in multiple stages and we couldn't figure out how the "tallest" adjective could be applied to it.

Nonetheless, Julie and I experienced this waterfall along a short 200m walk that took us alongside the Agnes River where it dropped as the Agnes Falls. The walk allowed us to get various views from different angles of the falls, but all throughout the walk, we were never really able to get a clean look at all of the falls. Indeed, this was really more of a waterfall to fully appreciate in person as its overall size could be better appreciated in ways that photos could not. In any case, perhaps the best view of the falls was from the end of the walk at a lookout where we could photograph as much of the falls as we were able to accomplish (see photo at the top of this page).

It was worth noting that the Agnes River happened to be a key water catchment area for the Toora area and other nearby settlements. Thus, swimming and fishing were prohibited here. There was a system of dams (the earlier dating back to 1924), which included the Cooks Dam 2km further upstream, to aid with the water supply. Whether this adversely impacted the flow of the river over the falls during our visit or not was definitely exacerbated by the drought. Thus, most of the rocky cliff faces that gave rise to the falls were exposed during our visit.

Overall, Julie and I spent a little over 30 minutes to do both the walk and the picture taking.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was about as much of Agnes Falls as we could capture in one shot, which was taken a short distance before the end of the trackThis was about as much of Agnes Falls as we could capture in one shot, which was taken a short distance before the end of the track
Melbourne was about 2.5 hours drive to the west of Agnes Falls. Here's a look at the city along the Yarra River at night, which we could do since we spent the night there while touring GippslandMelbourne was about 2.5 hours drive to the west of Agnes Falls. Here's a look at the city along the Yarra River at night, which we could do since we spent the night there while touring Gippsland
We found Melbourne to be a pretty multicultural city, and it definitely had a bit of a Chinese presenceWe found Melbourne to be a pretty multicultural city, and it definitely had a bit of a Chinese presence
While visiting Melbourne, we had cousins who happened to be living there at the time, and they took us up to Mt Dandenong for this view back towards the Melbourne CBDWhile visiting Melbourne, we had cousins who happened to be living there at the time, and they took us up to Mt Dandenong for this view back towards the Melbourne CBD
Looking down into the gorge at Agnes Falls' profileLooking down into the gorge at the waterfall's profile

Profile look at Agnes Falls.  Note the concrete at the very top of the fallsProfile look at the falls. Note the concrete at the very top of the falls.

Agnes Falls revealing more of itself as we approached its endThe falls revealing more of itself as we approached its end

Partial frontal view of Agnes Falls as we were getting closer to the end of the walking trackPartial frontal view of the falls as we were getting closer to the end of the walking track


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Agnes Falls is about 189km southeast of Melbourne. The key to getting most of the way there from the city was to take the Monash Fwy (M1) towards the South Gippsland Hwy (starting off as the M420 before becoming the Hwy 180, A420, then the B440).

About 4km east of Toora, turn exit the South Gippsland Hwy and turn left onto Agnes River Rd. Follow this road for about 3.8km, then turn left onto Agnes Falls Rd (I believe this was bitumen road) for another 1km to the well-signed car park.

We actually came from the town of Welshpool, which was another 9km east of Toora or 192km (2.5 hours drive) east of Melbourne. So from Welshpool, we took the Slades Hill Rd north for about 3.6km then turned left onto Hazel Park Rd. Then we followed Hazel Park Rd for the next 2.4km before turning left onto Agnes Falls Rd following it to its end.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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New Improvements at Agnes Falls proving very popular 
Officially opened in October 2014 the new toilet block, easily found located beside the carpark, and the new picnic tables and shelter, are proving to …

New Improvements at Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve 2013 
In the second half of 2012 members of the local community around Toora, and nearby towns, came together to form the "Friends of Agnes Falls Inc". After …

Agnes Falls, South Gippsland (near Toora) 
A hidden gem, and big surprise to most visitors, these single span falls drop 59 metres to the gorge below. A two hundred metre walk from the carpark …

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