Strath Creek Falls

Mt Disappointment State Forest / Murrindindi Shire / near Broadford, Victoria, Australia

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Strath Creek Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Strath Creek Falls (I've also seen it referred to as Murchison Falls; not to be confused with the one in Uganda) was supposed to be an impressive 50m waterfall making it one of Victoria's taller waterfalls. Unfortunately, as you can see from the photo at the top of this page, it failed to live up to its hype as the Great Australian Drought that affected our November 2006 trip definitely overwhelmed any chance this waterfall had at flowing. For some strange reason, it seemed fitting that the falls resided in Mt Disapppointment State Forest for our experience certainly was disappointing.

We had a little trouble finding this waterfall (mostly because it was dry so it wasn't making noise to make it easier for us to walk in the right direction). From the rough loop road where we stopped the car (see directions below), we walked down the steep road towards what appeared to be a fenced overlook. It took us some time to finally figure out that the dry rock cliff we saw was really where the waterfall was supposed to be.

By the way, that steep road we walked on was the very reason why we didn't try to drive it. We simply didn't have the confidence that the 2wd passenger vehicle could make it back up had we taken the road down. We weren't even so sure the car would've even maintained friction with the road as the thought of brake failure was definitely on our mind as well.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

If not for the dry conditions, I'm sure Strath Creek Falls would be a pretty popular place to go waterfalling given its relatively close proximity to the cosmopolitan city of MelbourneIf not for the dry conditions, I'm sure Strath Creek Falls would be a pretty popular place to go waterfalling given its relatively close proximity to the cosmopolitan city of Melbourne
Not far to the northwest of Melbourne was the Organ Pipes, which was a pretty diversion for not only the basalt columns there but also for naturesque scenery like thisNot far to the northwest of Melbourne was the Organ Pipes, which was a pretty diversion for not only the basalt columns there but also for naturesque scenery like this
A sign pointing the way towards Strath Creek FallsA sign pointing the way to the falls

It took a while to figure out that this cliff wall was supposed to be where Strath Creek Falls ought to be flowingIt took a while to figure out that this cliff wall was supposed to be where the falls ought to be flowing

A closer look at the dry rock wall that was supposed to be Strath Creek FallsA closer look at the dry rock wall that was supposed to be the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Melbourne (sounds like "MEL-bun"), we took the Hume Fwy (M31) north and got off at Strath Creek Rd in the town of Broadford (about 80km north of the city CBD). Then, we headed east on Strath Creek Rd for about 10km before we took a spur road (Murchison Spur Tr) on the right for about 4km south towards Thomsons Rd. Going left on Thomsons Rd, we followed this road for about 3.5km to another signposted spur road on the left. The rough unpaved spur road eventually led to the Strath Creek Falls.

However, that unpaved spur road actually became a one-way loop road near the falls. We actually stopped the car at the top of what looked to be a very rough and steep downhill descent to the actual car park for the falls. We didn't have confidence in going down this road so we actually drove the wrong way to get out of this loop road when we were done visiting the falls.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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