Sheoak Falls

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

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 2
Sheoak Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Sheoak Falls was one of the few Great Ocean Road waterfalls that was very close to the Southern Ocean coast. We had seen another one that could be called a coastal waterfall on the Great Ocean Road at Carisbrook Falls, but this one happened to be in the Angahook-Lorne State Park (part of the Great Otway National Park) near the coastal town of Lorne. Although the coastal scenery we were able to enjoy along the track was reason enough to come here, the 15-20m waterfall itself was also pretty satisfying itself. Even on a trip where the Great Australian Drought adversely affected our waterfalling during our November 2006 visit, this waterfall still had a decent flow that even left interesting foam patterns in its plunge pool.

From the well-signed car park (see directions below), we took a 1km (30 minutes return) track that initially started off with a fairly steep uphill to rise above the Great Ocean Road. Then when the climb flattened out, we were able to look back at the gorgeous coastal scenery where the Great Ocean Road followed the coastline while the Southern Ocean continued to churn and nibble at the land.

At that point, the terrain shifted from a somewhat rocky valley with windswept shrubs into a more forested setting. Even though the terrain here seemed to be more exposed to sunlight, there was still quite a bit of dense and lush vegetation so apparently there was plenty of moisture in this coastal ecosystem to keep things green and offsetting the onslaught of brown from the dessicating coastal winds and salt that inevitably would come in from the coast.

Eventually, once we made it to the falls, we were able to see the Sheoak Creek tumble over what appeared to be layers of hard rock stained grey from the constant moisture of the creek. We weren't sure if the waterfall's flow was indicative of the norm thanks to the rain we were getting, or if it was on the low side from the drought despite the rains. Whatever the case, as you can see from the photos on this page, we had a pleasing experience thanks in large part to its relatively healthy flow.

Finally, it was worth noting that there was also a much longer 7km one-way route from the Sheoak Picnic Area, which we didn't do given its long duration.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

View of the Great Ocean Road and the Southern Ocean from the Sheoak Falls TrackView of the Great Ocean Road and the Southern Ocean from the Sheoak Falls Track
Looking across the calm plunge pool for Sheoak FallsLooking across the calm plunge pool for Sheoak Falls, which seemed very peaceful and idyllic even with the fairly low flow of the falls
Further west of Lorne, the Great Ocean Road presented even more dramatic scenery including the Twelve Apostles, and this sea arch which was what was left of the London BridgeFurther west of Lorne, the Great Ocean Road presented even more dramatic scenery including the Twelve Apostles, and this sea arch which was what was left of the London Bridge
Lorne (where Sheoak Falls was located) was our last town stop before returning to Melbourne to wrap up the Victoria part of our November 2006 trip to southeastern AustraliaLorne (where Sheoak Falls was located) was our last town stop before returning to Melbourne to wrap up the Victoria part of our November 2006 trip to southeastern Australia
Going up the steps for the Sheoak Falls TrackGoing up the steps for the Sheoak Falls Track

Looking back down at the Great Ocean RoadLooking back down at the Great Ocean Road

Looking back the other way towards the Great Ocean RoadLooking back the other way towards the Great Ocean Road

Once the climb flattened out, we continued inland in an open terrainOnce the climb flattened out, we continued inland in an open terrain

At this point, we started to see Sheoak Falls up aheadAt this point, we started to see the falls up ahead

Approaching Sheoak Falls amidst some surprising lush fern-fringed sceneryApproaching the falls amidst some surprising lush fern-fringed scenery

Julie at the plunge pool checking out Sheoak FallsJulie at the plunge pool checking out the falls

Julie on the track returning to the car parkJulie on the track returning to the car park


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Sheoak Falls is about 5.2km south of the Williams St / Erskine Falls Rd junction with the Great Ocean Road (B100) in the town of Lorne. The car park was on the right (i.e. the inland side away from the ocean).

Since Julie and I visited the falls from Apollo Bay, we took the Great Ocean Road 40km before finding the signposted car park for the falls on our left.

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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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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