Hopkins Falls

Wannon Division / near the Great Ocean Road / Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia

Rating: 1     Difficulty: 1
Hopkins Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Hopkins Falls looked to be the waterfalling excuse to visit the Great Ocean Road from the west by the coastal town of Warrnambool. However, as you can see from the photo at the top of this page, even this waterfall was a victim of the Great Australian Drought that really affected our November 2006 visit to the southeast of the country. From looking at the width of the exposed underlying rocks giving rise to the waterfall, it should have been more much substantial than the few strands of falling water that remained. Indeed, had the rocks been covered with water, it would have been one of those curtainous or powerful block-type waterfalls that would compel us to give it a much higher scenic rating than what we've given it. One of these days, we hope to return here to see it in a state that would be more indicative of the norm.

During our visit, we were encountering some pretty erratic Antarctic weather. So we were seeing spotty squally downpours that would momentarily inundate a particular spot (depending on the size of the passing cloud), then it would just as suddenly stop as the cloud would pass. The winds were bitterly cold and strong. When we saw Hopkins Falls, we wondered whether the recent weather revived the falls to its strandy state or whether the squalls didn't feed the waterfall's drainage often enough to restore it to any semblance of health. Whatever the case may be, it was certain to have looked even drier if it weren't for the spotty storms.

From the car park for the falls (see directions below), there was a short walk leading around the top of the falls, then downhill towards the base of the falls. During that short walk, we were able to see the falls from various angles where the uppermost views allowed us to photograph the falls with some context of its surroundings while the bottommost views let us gaze and appreciate its full width. We didn't spend much more time here other than to take photos given the state of the falls and the fact that the weather started to get even worse. So I'm sure there were probably more ways to enjoy the falls and say a bit more about it, but the circumstances made it less attractive for us to do so.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

View towards the ocean from the visitor centre in the charming coastal town of Warrnambool, which was the nearest town of any significant size to Hopkins FallsView towards the ocean from the visitor centre in the charming coastal town of Warrnambool, which was the nearest town of any significant size to Hopkins Falls
Looking right at what was left of Hopkins Falls from its base. I'd iamgine in higher flow, there would be a greater wall of water and less bare rock exposedLooking right at what was left of Hopkins Falls from its base. I'd iamgine in higher flow, there would be a greater wall of water and less bare rock exposed
About 12km east of Warrnambool, the Great Ocean Road (B100) branched off of Princes Hwy (A1) and passed by awesome coastal scenery such as the Bay of Islands section nearly 36km further to the eastAbout 12km east of Warrnambool, the Great Ocean Road (B100) branched off of Princes Hwy (A1) and passed by awesome coastal scenery such as the Bay of Islands section nearly 36km further to the east
Nearly 9.5km east of the Bay of Islands Lookout was the Grotto, which featured this impressive sea archNearly 9.5km east of the Bay of Islands Lookout was the Grotto, which featured this impressive sea arch
Looking over the top of Hopkins FallsLooking over the top of the falls

Looking down alongside the profile of Hopkins FallsLooking down alongside the profile of the falls

Approaching the base of Hopkins FallsApproaching the base of the falls

Looking by some wildflowers in bloom before the Hopkins FallsLooking by some wildflowers in bloom before the falls

Looking right at the Hopkins Falls near its baseLooking right at the falls near its base


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the intersection of the Princes Hwy (A1) and Mortlake Rd (B120) near the centre of Warrnambool, we took the Mortlake Rd (which eventually became Hopkins Hwy) north for 3km to Wangoom Rd on the right. We took Wangoom Rd for about 8km until we turned right onto Hopkins Falls Rd. Once on Hopkins Rd, we followed it for about 4.5km to the car park on the right.

Actually, our map and GPS tracks seemed to indicate that we veered slightly off of Wangoom Rd (not sure if they re-routed the road or not) instead paralleling both Wangoom Rd and Hopkins Falls Rd for long stretches. So the directions above may or may not be indicative of what you'll actually see in terms of distances. Nonetheless, we didn't have much difficulty finding the falls because it was well signposted throughout this drive from Warrnambool.

To give you some context, Warrnambool was about 266km (about 3 hours drive) west of Melbourne via an inland route. If taking the Great Ocean Road, then this distance would be 355km (about 5.5 hours drive).




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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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Hopkins Falls at full flow 
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