Phantom Falls

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

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 2.5
Phantom Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Phantom Falls was the last of the waterfalls in Victoria that we visited during our drought-stricken November 2006 visit to the southeast of Australia. This was a modest 15m waterfall on the St George River that looked like it had a pretty healthy flow, which seemed to be characteristic of all the waterfalls in the Otways during our visit. This probably suggested that the rainforests of the Great Otway National Park (including the Angahook-Lorne State Park, which contains this waterfall and is also part of the park) got more than its share of precipitation from the wild weather we had been getting during our time spent along the Great Ocean Road.

It seemed like there was more than one way to hike to this waterfall, but Julie and I took an out-and-back hike from the Allenvale Road access (see directions below), which took us about 90 minutes to cover the 5km distance. When we started the hike, we traversed a grassy area that was signposted though there were some private property signs. Apparently, we had to pass through someone's property in order to continue on this hike. We made sure to obey the sands to respect the rights of the property owner who apparently graciously let the trail go through their land.

We eventually got to a point where we found ourselves hiking on an unsealed (gravel) road as we were hiking uphill for a fairly long stretch. This part of the track probably took the most out of Julie and I since it seemed like it went on forever, and the surprisingly warm sun made sure we would sweat on this stretch as well. Eventually, when we made it to the top of the climb, the road then descended for a short distance before reaching an upper viewing deck for Phantom Falls.

While the views from the top of the falls left much to be desired, we then took a path that descended on steps with railings to hold onto. That made the descent to the base of the falls much easier. Once we got to the bottom of the steps, we then scrambled onto the rocks for a more frontal and cleaner look at the falls. Although this waterfall seemed to be obscure compared to many other waterfalls in the Otway Ranges, we were actually joined by an Australian couple who shared this experience with us.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Nearby Phantom Falls was the Kalimna Falls, whose trailhead was just another 1.9km further west on Allenvale RdNearby Phantom Falls was the Kalimna Falls, whose trailhead was just another 1.9km further west on Allenvale Rd
The Twelve Apostles (shown here) was perhaps the signature attraction of the Great Ocean Road. Phantom Falls was further inland from the road near LorneThe Twelve Apostles (shown here) was perhaps the signature attraction of the Great Ocean Road. Phantom Falls was further inland from the road near Lorne
Phantom Falls was the last waterfall we visited on the Great Ocean Road in our November 2006 trip before returning to Melbourne to wrap up our Victoria tourPhantom Falls was the last waterfall we visited on the Great Ocean Road in our November 2006 trip before returning to Melbourne to wrap up our Victoria tour
The open field near the start of the hikeThe open field near the start of the hike

The Julie walking uphill on the gravel roadJulie walking uphill on the gravel road

Sign indicating that I was getting pretty close to Phantom FallsSign indicating that I was getting pretty close to the falls

Hard to see Phantom Falls from up here.  Better do the descent to its baseHard to see Phantom Falls from up here. Better do the descent to its base.

Our first look at the front of Phantom Falls as the sun was shining right on itOur first look at the front of Phantom Falls as the sun was shining right on it

Long exposed view of Phantom FallsLong exposed view of the 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, continue for about 1.7km (becoming Allenvale Rd along the way). There was limited trailhead parking opposite the trail itself.

Going in the other direction, the trailhead for Phantom Falls was about 1.9km from the Sheoak 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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