(Lower and Upper) Kalimna Falls

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

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 3.5
Lower Kalimna Falls

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INTRODUCTION

The Kalimna Falls were actually two waterfalls for the price of one excursion. There was a Lower and Upper Falls where each had a different character about them. Both waterfalls were modestly-sized, but in this instance, it really wasn't about their size that mattered. Instead, it was more about the serene and relaxing hike where peace and quiet were the rule. Meanwhile, the forest scenery and its rhythms (e.g. the distinct birdsongs and rustling of leaves) were allowed to sink into my mood and my body in a way that made this excursion different from the typical short waterfalling visits where it was easy to bag several waterfalls as if I was succumbing to the checklist mentality while not really appreciating the whole experience.

Speaking of the hike, I did have to embark on a journey that was 8.4km round trip. I managed to do this hike solo, and it took me a little over 2 hours return that encompassed all the hiking as well as the picture-taking. I'd imagine at a more leisurely pace, this could be more like a three-hour hike round trip. Nonetheless, the duration of this hike was probably what made the excursion more about the journey rather than the waterfalls themselves.

From the nearest trailhead (see directions below), I followed the well-signed dirt track where the signs immediately indicated to me its overall length. There were other tracks leading to other waterfalls in the area so I'd imagine one could easily spend the entire day here simply chasing down waterfalls just in this area. In any case, the track was pretty easy to follow as each junction had signs to keep me going the right way. The track itself was an old tramway, and there were plenty of interpretive signs explaining further the history as well as the ecology of this place.

After about 2.9km, I reached a fork in the track where the right fork led me for the last 300m or so to the Lower Kalimna Falls. This waterfall wasn't big (probably 5-7m or so), but it was in a very picturesque and serene setting where tall trees and ferns surrounded a still and dark plunge pool beneath the attractive falls. Within the pool were concentrically-circled bubble patterns while the pool itself possessed a reflective quality that reflected the waterfall and the neighboring foliage. There was also a large alcove behind the waterfall that allowed me to go right behind the falls for a different perspective. Indeed, it was the kind of scenery that was perfect for just basking in the serenity.

Back on the main track, I walked another 1.3km to a viewing deck that allowed me to look at the Upper Kalimna Falls. Unfortunately during my midday visit, I was looking right against the sun so it wasn't as photogenic as I would've liked, and it made the trouble of getting here seem like a bit of an anticlimax. I guess in hindsight, I could've come earlier before the sun rose above the west-facing cliff or come later in the afternoon (arvo) when the sun would've been behind me. In any case, this upper waterfall was said to be 20-25m tall. There didn't seem to be any way of getting closer to the falls or seeing it from other angles as the lookout was the only perspective afforded me.

All in all, I'd say that it was the Lower Kalimna Falls that was the prettier one of the two. But I figured that if you're going through the trouble of finding this waterfall, you mind as well extend the hike just a bit to experience the second waterfall.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was the view of the Great Ocean Road just before we showed up to the town of Lorne, where we then went inland to visit waterfalls like the Kalimna FallsThis was the view of the Great Ocean Road just before we showed up to the town of Lorne, where we then went inland to visit waterfalls like the Kalimna Falls
That's me checking out Lower Kalimna Falls from its backsideThat's me checking out Lower Kalimna Falls from its backside
This was the light-flowing Upper Kalimna Falls, which was a little further along the trail than the spur to the Lower FallsThis was the light-flowing Upper Kalimna Falls, which was a little further along the trail than the spur to the Lower Falls
The Kalimna Falls were seen on our last day of waterfalling along the Great Ocean Road. Afterwards, we returned to Melbourne for a little more sightseeing as well as catching up with my cousinsThe Kalimna Falls were seen on our last day of waterfalling along the Great Ocean Road. Afterwards, we returned to Melbourne for a little more sightseeing as well as catching up with my cousins
Signpost at the trailhead near the Sheoak Picnic AreaSignpost at the trailhead near the Sheoak Picnic Area

Following the signs at the trailheadFollowing the signs at the trailhead

The trail passed by several tall ferns indicating that this was a high rainfall areaThe trail passed by several tall ferns indicating that this was a high rainfall area

Signs at the trail junctions helped me stay on the path while interpretive signs helped explain what I was seeingSigns at the trail junctions helped me stay on the path while interpretive signs helped explain what I was seeing

The trail junction between the Upper and Lower FallsThe trail junction between the Upper and Lower Falls

Direct look at the Lower Kalimna FallsDirect look at the Lower Kalimna Falls

Getting further into the alcove behind the Lower Kalimna FallsGetting further into the alcove behind the Lower Falls

View from behind the Lower Kalimna FallsView from behind the Lower Falls

Continuing on towards the Upper Kalimna FallsContinuing on towards the Upper Falls

View of the Upper Kalimna FallsView of the Upper Falls

Context of the Upper Kalimna FallsContext of the Upper Falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the intersection of William St and the Mountjoy Pde (i.e. the Great Ocean Road [B100]) in the centre of the town of Lorne, I went up William St for a couple of blocks to Otway St on the left. Then, on Otway St, I followed this road (becoming Allenvale Rd after a four-way intersection) for about 3.6km to the Sheoak Picnic Area car park. The track began from this picnic area.

For context, Lorne was 142km (under 2 hours drive) southwest of Melbourne or 68km (over an hour drive) southwest of Geelong.




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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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