Steavenson Falls

Murrindindi Shire / Yarra Ranges / Marysville, Victoria, Australia

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1.5
Steavenson Falls
Steavenson Falls had a lot of fanfare prior to our visit during a drought-stricken November 2006 trip to the southeast of Australia. When we first saw it, we could totally see why even though it seemed like this falls had seen better days and we came in with expectations given its notoriety. It was a multi-tiered falls said to have a cumulative drop of 84m making it one of Victoria's tallest. It was most certainly the main tourist draw of the town of Marysville, and it was said that over 100,000 visitors come to the falls each year. We wondered if part of its popularity had to do with its proximity to the city of Melbourne (probably under a couple of hours or so drive).

The flow of the Steavenson River (even though it was limited during our visit) seemed to be pretty reliable. I'm not sure what the overall drainage situation was to favor such persistent flow, but they did have floodlighting infrastructure around the falls. Since it was said this lighting was powered by the flow of the water, that seemed to suggest that the reliability of flow was enough to warrant the lighting presence.

This was about as much of Steavenson Falls that we could see from the tracks here, but notice the floodlight on the lower left Even though Steavenson Falls was tall, we couldn't really appreciate its entire height in one go (as you can see in the photo at the top of this page, which doesn't do the falls justice). Since most of the upper tiers of the falls was hidden beneath the dense growth around it, we saw something that was more like a series of disjoint smaller waterfalls. That made the falls appear smaller than it really was.

The main tier was the lowermost tier, which was said to be 21m tall. Perhaps under higher flow conditions, that perception might change as the thickness of the falls would be such that the view-obstructing foliage wouldn't separate each tier of the falls as much.

From the big car park (see directions below), we went on a short walk that followed along the Steavenson River. On the approach to the falls, that was probably the best opportunity to appreciate the full height of Steavenson Falls. But as we got closer, that was when we felt the falls seemed smaller as more tiers started to become less visible.

At about the half-way point of the short walk, there was a fork. The left fork crossed a bridge over the river and continued towards a viewing platform right next to the base of the main drop of the falls. Even though it was busy, there was plenty of opportunity to appreciate the falls from various spots along the edges of the viewing deck.

Julie and I also noticed a plaque containing a tragic memorial of four individuals who apparently lost their lives here from a fallen tree. Back at the fork, the other track continued along the Steavenson River for a short distance towards the alternate viewing deck across the river of the viewing deck we discussed earlier. The view from here was a bit more angled of just the main tier. The upper tiers were much harder to see from this vantage point.

Julie and I spent about 45 minutes for our leisurely visit, including all the picture taking and walking to both viewing decks. By the way, the falls was said to be named after John Steavenson who first came to the site of the township of Marysville back in 1862.

Directions: Steavenson Falls was a pretty straightforward drive (there were lots of signs pointing the way) from the town of Marysville about 100km northeast from Melbourne. We'll pick up the driving directions as if you're coming from the big city.

From the Melbourne CBD, head east towards the Maroondah Highway (B360) bound for Healesville, and stay on it for about 90km until you reach its junction with Acheron Way on the right. Turn right onto Acheron Way, then immediately turn left onto Marysville Rd. Follow Marysville Rd for about 9km to the centre of town at the intersection of Murchison St and Pack St. At this point, there were signs for Steavenson Falls leading the way.

Turning right onto Pack St, then turn immediately left onto Falls Rd and follow Falls Rd for about 3km to a turnoff for the reserve containing Steavenson Falls, then turn right and take this spur road to the large car park at its end.

We actually came to Marysville from Snobs Creek Falls (see directions on that page for how to get to that waterfall). Then from there, we drove back to the Goulburn Valley Hwy (B340) due west for 7.6km, then turned left onto the Taggerty-Thornton Rd (C515) and continued for 13.2km, then turned left onto Maroondah Hwy (B360). After 11.5km, we kept left to go onto Marysville Rd (C508) and continued for 11.4km into the roundabout with Pack Rd. We turned right (second exit of the roundabout) onto Pack Rd and continued to the centre of town at the intersection of Pack St and Murchison St. Then we continued onto Falls Rd, turned right onto Falls Rd and followed the signs to the big car park for the falls.




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Not far north from Marysville was Eildon, where we saw the impressive Snobs Creek Falls
We suspect that Steavenson Falls' popularity may have to do with its proximity to the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne less than 2 hours drive away from Marysville
There were plenty of signs pointing the way to Steavenson Falls from the town centre of Marysville at Murchison St and Pack StThere were plenty of signs pointing the way to the falls from the town centre of Marysville at Murchison St and Pack St

Julie approaching Steavenson Falls on the main track.  Notice the floodlight adjacent to the trackJulie approaching the falls on the main track. Notice the floodlight adjacent to the track

Looking up the Steavenson River towards the Steavenson Falls, but notice how bouldery the riverbed was confirming our suspiscion that this watercourse had seen better daysLooking up the Steavenson River towards the falls, but notice how bouldery the riverbed was confirming our suspiscion that this watercourse had seen better days

Looking at the Steavenson Falls from one of the viewing platforms at the baseLooking at the falls from one of the viewing platforms at the base (I think this is the side with the plaque)

This was the tragic plaque that was at the first lookout of Steavenson Falls that we were atThis was the tragic plaque that was at the first lookout of the falls that we were at

View of Steavenson Falls from the other lookout deckView of Steavenson Falls from the other lookout deck

When we were getting meat pies in Marysville, we somehow chanced upon this comical scene of these red-headed birds pecking away at someone's picnic leftoversWhen we were getting meat pies in Marysville, we somehow chanced upon this comical scene of these red-headed birds pecking away at someone's picnic leftovers


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The falls are open again (Steavenson Falls) 
The falls reopened after the 2009 bushfires late last year (2011) and are now open seven days per week.

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I visited Steavensons Falls on a recent photography excursion to the Marysville area in Jan 2011. Last time I was up this way the falls were closed …

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