Erskine Falls

Angahook-Lorne State Park / Great Otway National Park / Surf Coast Shire / Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1.5
Erskine Falls
To Julie and I, Erskine Falls was probably the most impressive waterfall amongst the cluster of waterfalls around the town of Lorne in the Angahook-Lorne State Park. It possessed a 30m drop though it looked slender probably because it was a little bit on the light side in terms of its flow. That said, the recent rains that seemed to have precipitated most in the Otway Ranges appeared to have momentarily fought off the drought that really impacted our waterfalling experiences during our November 2006 trip. Had the rains and the wild weather we had been seeing while driving along the Great Ocean Road not occurred, then who knows whether the falls would have looked anything close to the condition we happened to see it in as shown in the photo above?

This was one of the easier waterfalls to visit as the route to its car park was all paved, the walk encompassing both the upper and lower viewing areas was short and easy to follow, and everything was well-signed. Overall, Julie and I spent about 35 minutes to check out both viewpoints and all the walking in between. We also had the option to visit Straw Falls, which was further downstream, but we opted not to do it, and it was a decision I regret given the relatively satisfactory flow of the Erskine River.

The upper viewpoint provided us with a top-down view of Erskine Falls. Unfortunately, there was a lot of foliage that was in the way to kept this from being anything special. In fact, it left us wanting more so we continued on the walkway, which went down several steps eventually getting down to the level of the Erskine River where we then made it to the second lookout area for a more frontal view of the falls. Along this walking track was the fork leading further down the river to Straw Falls, but we can't say more about that path since we didn't do it. For some reason, Julie saw a sign concerning the primitive track to get there saying something about poisonous snakes. I figured they were everywhere in Australia so I couldn't figure out why she was afraid on this particular detour.

As for the lower viewing deck, I didn't bring a tripod but there were railings that I used to steady the camera for long exposure shots. The vantage point was still somewhat distant from the falls itself, but the track infrastructure was such that further progress to the plunge pool before the falls was prohibited.

Directions: From the intersection of Williams St and the Mountjoy Parade (i.e. Great Ocean Road [B100]) in the town centre of Lorne, we took William St inland (which eventually became Erskine Falls Rd) for a little over 8km. There was a signposted turnoff for Erskine Falls on the right, which then led another 1.5km to its car park.

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Closer long exposed photo of the tall Erskine Falls
Nearby Erskine Falls was the Lower and Upper Kalimna Falls (the lower one is pictured here), which were a pair of dainty but attractive waterfalls in a lush and serene setting
The beautiful scenery along the Great Ocean Road.  This photo was taken somewhere between Lorne and Melbourne
Looking down at Erskine Falls from the overgrown upper viewing deckLooking down at the falls from the overgrown upper viewing deck

The walkway leading down to the base of Erskine FallsThe walkway leading down to the base of the falls

Julie checks out Erskine Falls from a distance at the lower viewing deckJulie checks out the falls from a distance at a lower viewing deck

Context of Erskine Falls surrounded by lots of foliage and gray skiesContext of the falls surrounded by lots of foliage and gray skies

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