Snobs Creek Falls

Rubicon State Forest / Murrindindi Shire / Eildon, Victoria, Australia

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1.5
Snobs Creek Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Snobs Creek Falls was a pretty cascading waterfall that seemed to have defied the drought-stricken conditions that plagued most of Victoria during our visit in November 2006. In fact, not only was this waterfall having a pretty healthy flow, but the forest around its creek also seemed to have a healthy green instead of the sickly brown that seemed to be ubiquitous throughout the southeast of Australia. Even though the falls was officially said to have a drop of 100m, our views were limited to just the attractive main tier, which was probably more like 15m or so. Thus, the photos on this page certainly didn't do the falls justice.

From the small parking bay (see directions below), Julie and I went on a short signposted path that descended into the shadowy depths of the drainage containing Snobs Creek. Barely a few minutes from the car park was the first viewing area, which gave us a view of what appeared to be the main section of the falls, which featured a fan-shaped drop. Then, we continued on the short descent alongside the creek and more tiers of Snobs Creek Falls until we reached the second viewing platform and end of the track.

From that second platform, we were able to get a scenic view of the valley containing the town of Snobs Creek. At the overlook, Julie and I also noticed a plaque commemorating a local child who tragically got swept away into the creek here. The rest of Snobs Creek Falls also continued falling further downstream unseen from the trail. It was merely five minutes or so of walking from the small parking bay to get to this point.

Finally, we learned that the name of this waterfall actually had to do with a West Indian bootmaker who operated a boot shop nearby. Apparently, the term snob was an old English word for someone who made or repaired boots. It had nothing to do with our first inclination of associating the name of the falls with some rich snob.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was the view looking over the top of Snobs Creek Falls towards the Snobs Creek ValleyThis was the view looking over the top of Snobs Creek Falls towards the Snobs Creek Valley
It was about an hour's drive from Snobs Creek Falls to Steavenson Falls in Marysville as we were making our way southwest to Melbourne after starting the drive in WangarattaIt was about an hour's drive from Snobs Creek Falls to Steavenson Falls in Marysville as we were making our way southwest to Melbourne after starting the drive in Wangaratta
It was about an hour's drive from Snobs Creek Falls to Steavenson Falls in Marysville as we were making our way southwest to Melbourne after starting the drive in WangarattaIt was about an hour's drive from Snobs Creek Falls to Steavenson Falls in Marysville as we were making our way southwest to Melbourne after starting the drive in Wangaratta
The unsealed road leading to the parking bay for Snobs Creek Fallsthe unsealed road leading to the parking bay for the falls

Our first look at Snobs Creek FallsOur first look at Snobs Creek Falls

Angled look at Snobs Creek FallsAngled look at the falls

A more downstream view of the Snobs Creek Falls in profileA more downstream view of the falls in profile

Looking over the top of Snobs Creek Falls towards the valley belowLooking over the top of the falls towards the valley below

Plaque commemorating a girl who lost her life at Snobs Creek FallsPlaque commemorating a girl who lost her life at the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Snobs Creek Falls was near Lake Eildon. There were many ways of getting here, but we'll just describe the routes that we took using Wangaratta 148km (over 2 hours drive) from the north and Melbourne 235km (3.5 hours drive) from the south.

From Wangaratta, we took the M31 (Hume Fwy) for about 76km towards the town of Euroa. Exiting at the Euroa Main St exit, we then followed Main St (C312) for a little over 2km to Anderson St (C366). Turning left onto Anderson St, we then followed this street as it become the Euroa-Mansfield Rd. We took this road for about 31km to the town of Merton, where we turned right onto the B300 (Maroondah Hwy). We followed the Maroondah Hwy for the next 19km, then we turned left onto the C516 (still on the Maroondah Hwy). After just under 6km, the Maroondah Hwy joined with the Goulburn Valley Hwy (B340) in just under 6km, and then we continued on the B340 for about 27km (passing Alexandra along the way), then we turned right onto the unsealed Snobs Creek Rd. In just about 5.5km, we reached the parking bay for Snobs Creek Falls on the left.

From Melbourne CBD, you can take any number of streets east to the Maroondah Hwy (Fwy 34 then Hwy B360). Following the Maroondah Hwy for about 96km to the town of Taggerty. Turn right onto the Taggerty-Thornton Rd (C515) and follow it for about 13km to the town of Thornton. Turn right onto the B340 (Goulburn Valley Hwy), then follow this road to the unpaved Snobs Creek Rd on the right. The trailhead and parking bay was on Snobs Creek Rd on the left after about 5.5km.

For further geographical context, Wangaratta was 410km (over 4 hours drive) southwest of Canberra and 626km (over 6 hours drive) southwest of Sydney.




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ITINERARIES

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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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