Beauchamp Falls

Great Otway National Park / Colac-Otway Shire / Great Ocean Road / Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 2.5
Beauchamp Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Beauchamp Falls was another waterfall that we targeted a visit to while touring the Great Otway National Park as we briefly detoured inland from the famous Great Ocean Road. What attracted us to this 20-25m waterfall was its satisfying rectangular shape surrounded by native bush. It seemed like this particular waterfall didn't quite get the same fanfare as other neighboring waterfalls in the Otways so that allowed Julie and I to pretty much enjoy this waterfall all by ourselves. As for its flow, as you can see in the photo above, this waterfall seemed pretty healthy to us though it might have benefitted from some of the wild weather we had been getting during our time in this area. It was hard for us to tell how sustainable its flow would be otherwise.

From the trailhead (see directions below), we embarked on a pretty peaceful walk amongst the native forest trees and ferns that seemed to be a distinguishing feature of the Otways rainforest. The track we were on seemed to be a mix of old logging roads and dirt track as it went mostly downhill towards the Little Aire Creek. Once at the creek, we were able to walk alongside the creek to get a closer look at the falls.

It took us about 75 minutes on the track for the entire round trip walking and taking photos at the falls. We probably could have taken a little more time on the track though we might have hastened our steps a little bit considering it was a bit cold and wet during our visit. Some parts of the track were a little muddy, and the return hike back up the trailhead was all uphill (which got a bit hot under our rain ponchos). And unlike the nearby walks for Triplet Falls and Hopetoun Falls, we felt the walking track for Beauchamp Falls was a bit more primitive and less developed. All of these things might explain why we were the only ones on the track the entire time.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

About 67km west of Beauchamp Falls (12km east of Port Campbell) along the Great Ocean Road was the Twelve Apostles, which we thought was the signature attraction of the Great Ocean RoadAbout 67km west of Beauchamp Falls (12km east of Port Campbell) along the Great Ocean Road was the Twelve Apostles, which we thought was the signature attraction of the Great Ocean Road
Around 3km east of the Twelve Apostles was the Loch Ard Gorge, which was another dramatic section of the Great Ocean Road featuring more islands and sea archesAround 3km east of the Twelve Apostles was the Loch Ard Gorge, which was another dramatic section of the Great Ocean Road featuring more islands and sea arches
As we drove east of Warnambool towards the Otway Forest (where Beauchamp Falls was located), we followed the Great Ocean Road, where gorgeous coastal scenery and surprise sea arches were commonAs we drove east of Warnambool towards the Otway Forest (where Beauchamp Falls was located), we followed the Great Ocean Road, where gorgeous coastal scenery and surprise sea arches were common
Sign telling us what we were signed up for in order to reach Beauchamp FallsSign telling us what we were signed up for in order to reach the falls

Julie on the downhill track to the Beauchamp Falls (in a rain poncho)Julie on the downhill track to the falls (in a rain poncho)

Our first look at Beauchamp Falls on Little Aire CreekOur first look at the falls on Little Aire Creek

Julie checking out Beauchamp FallsJulie checking out the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Since we drove to Beauchamp Falls from Triplet Falls, we'll pick up the driving directions from that waterfall (see the Triplet Falls page for specifics on how to get there from Port Campbell).

After driving on the Phillips Track back to the town of Ferguson, we then drove east on the Beech Forest-Lavers Rd towards the town of Beech Forest. After about 3.6km from Ferguson, the road then became Beech Forest-Mtasabi Rd, which continued for another 1.4km to the Beech Forest-Apollo Rd, where we turned right. After about 500m, we then turned left onto an unsealed road (there were signs pointing the way to Beauchamp Falls), and we followed this road for about 2.5km to the car park.

For context, Beech Forest was about 71km (over an hour drive) east of Port Campbell, 40km (under an hour drive) northwest of Apollo Bay, or about 20km (over 15 minutes drive) east of Lavers Hill. Port Campbell was about 61km (about an hour drive) east of Warrnambool, 227km (2.5 hours drive via the M1 and A1) west of Melbourne taking the inland route, and 291km (4.5 hours drive) west of Melbourne taking the Great Ocean Road.




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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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Beauchamp Falls September 2010 
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