Silverband Falls

Grampians National Park / Wannon Division / Halls Gap, Victoria, Australia

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 2
Silverband Falls
Silverband Falls was a waterfall that Julie and I didn't seriously consider visiting given the drought that had a major impact on our waterfalling during our November 2006 trip. However, that changed when we paid a visit to the Halls Gap Visitor Centre and a lady working there told us that it was an unusual waterfall and worth checking out. What was so unusual about the falls was that most waterfalls tended to splash into a plunge pool at its base before the watercourse would continue further downstream. But with this waterfall, it didn't have a plunge pool as its flow practically disappeared into the ground and wouldn't re-emerge until quite a bit further downstream.

Given that Silverband Falls was in a low flow state during our visit, we could immediately see this unusual property. However, under higher flow, this quirk might not be as apparent since the flow of Dairy Creek might exceed the hole through which the falls would typically disappear. The re-emergence of Dairy Creek was said to be about 50m further downstream of the falls.

Julie and I embarked on a 1.4km return walk from the car park (see directions below) to reach this waterfall. The walk was mostly flat and very exposed to the sun through terrain that appeared to have seen a bushfire (probably the very reason why the track was so exposed to the sun in the first place). In fact, we learned that devastating wildfires had previously closed access to the falls back in January 2006. Anyways, along the track, we saw some deer (or reindeer according to some folks we saw while on the trail), which seemed to be an unusual sight to us since we always thought kangaroos were kind of analogous to deer in Australia. We never knew they had deer here as well.

The track dead-ended at the falls, and it took us just under an hour to complete the round trip out-and-back hike, including all the picture-taking of the deer and the falls itself.

Directions: From Halls Gap in Grampians National Park, we went south on the Grampians Rd (C216) for about 7km towards the Silverband Rd (the turnoff was on the right across from Lake Bellfield). The car park for Silverband Falls was about 1.3km from Grampians Rd.

In theory, we could've come in on Silverband Rd from the Northern Grampians Rd (C222), but that access was closed due to fire damage.

For directions on getting to Halls Gap from Stawell, see the MacKenzie Falls page.

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About 30 minutes drive from Silverband Falls via Halls Gap (would be shorter if the direct access on Silverband Rd wasn't closed) was the impressive MacKenzie Falls
The Grampians Road on the way to Silverband FallsThe Grampians Road on the way to the falls

Julie spotted this deer (or reindeer?) on the track to Silverband FallsJulie spotted this deer (or reindeer?) on the track to the falls

Finally approaching Silverband FallsFinally approaching the falls

About to get right in front of Silverband FallsAbout to get right in front of the falls

Julie looks down to see where the flow of Silverband Falls wentJulie looks down to see where the flow of the waterfall went

Checking out Silverband Falls from beneath a partially burnt treeChecking out the falls from beneath a partially burnt tree

Examining Silverband Falls more closely as we could now see the striations in the underlying wall giving the falls its dropExamining the falls more closely as we could now see the striations in the underlying wall giving the falls its drop

Another direct view of Silverband Falls from a slightly different angleAnother direct view of the falls from a slightly different angle

On the way back out to the car park, we noticed more deer by the trailOn the way back to the car park, we noticed more deer by the trail

Here was another deer checking us outHere was another deer checking us out

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