Toorongo Falls

Noojee State Forest / Baw Baw Shire / Gippsland, Victoria, Australia

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 2
Toorongo Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Toorongo Falls was an impressively tall waterfall with pretty satisfactory flow. In fact, my experience at this waterfall was so satisfying and the surroundings were so lush that I momentarily forgot that our November 2006 visit here was during one of the country's worst droughts in its recorded history. I probably shouldn't have been surprised at what I was seeing given that the Noojee State Forest was said to be one of the wettest spots in all of Victoria. That would at least explain how this place was so green despite the everpresence of brown in almost every other place in Victoria we visited. The falls was said to be fed from a spring that would ultimately give rise to the Little Toorongo River, and this would eventually drain into the Gippsland Lakes.

I didn't know exactly how tall the falls were, but my guess would be that it was at least over 30m tall. Of its overall height, I was only able to see the uppermost sections of its main drop as the observation deck took me right in front of this drop. However, there was much more of the falls cascading its way below the viewing deck into the lush rainforest below.

The rainforest setting of the Toorongo Falls via Amphitheatre Falls Track During my visit, I took the longer 2km loop walk that encompassed both the Toorongo Falls and the nearby Amphitheatre Falls. The difficulty rating on this page reflected this longer route that I took. Had I just gone to just Toorongo Falls as an out-and-back hike, then the signs indicated that it would only be 40 minutes return. For my overall hike, I managed to do the whole hike in just under an hour though this included plenty of stops to take photos, which might have offset my faster pace as I was hiking solo.

From the car park (see directions below), I followed the signs that directed me onto the aforementioned loop walk. All through the forest floor, I was surrounded by ferns and trees with moss on them, which was a further indication of just how lush the rainforest was. There were also a few moments where the track ran alongside and over the Little Toorongo River, keeping me relaxed in an already relaxing place.

Eventually, the path climbed and that was when I was able to start getting distant views of the Toorongo Falls. It was from such distant views that I was able to appreciate the full height of the falls though only its very top could be seen from here. However, as the track continued climbing, it became clear to me that the falls definitely had more cascading tiers that would otherwise go unnoticed were it not for the track bringing me alongside the watercourse. Ultimately, I made my way up to the viewing deck where it was even more apparent that there was much more to the falls than what the photos taken from the observation deck (see photo at the top of this page) would lead you to believe.

After having my fill of the Toorongo Falls, I continued on the loop trail, which traversed more lush scenery until I eventually made it to a lookout deck right on the Little Toorongo River. This lookout gave me direct views of the diminutive (maybe 5m or so) Amphitheatre Falls (or Amphitheater Falls in American English). The falls looked like it was gushing through a notch in the large slab of rocks giving the falls its height. I'd imagine under heavier flows, some of the river might actually flow over some of the flat surface of the rocks to make the falls look wider.

After Amphitheatre Falls, I then concluded the loop as it was pretty much all downhill back to the car park.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Another look at the lookout at Toorongo Falls demonstrating that there were indeed more to the falls than what the overlook would showAnother look at the lookout at Toorongo Falls demonstrating that there were indeed more to the falls than what the overlook would show
Amphitheatre Falls - the other waterfall in the Toorongo Falls ReserveAmphitheatre Falls - the other waterfall in the Toorongo Falls Reserve
On the Maroondah Hwy, we were brought pretty close to Mt Dandenong, where there were some impressive views looking towards the greater Melbourne areaOn the Maroondah Hwy, we were brought pretty close to Mt Dandenong, where there were some impressive views looking towards the greater Melbourne area
We were based in the city of Melbourne when we made the long loop drive into Gippsland and back, and that included our detour to the Toorongo Falls among other waterfallsWe were based in the city of Melbourne when we made the long loop drive into Gippsland and back, and that included our detour to the Toorongo Falls among other waterfalls
Looking up at Little Toorongo River from the footbridge near the trailheadLooking up at Little Toorongo River from the footbridge near the trailhead

Another look up at the Little Toorongo River along the trailLooking up at Little Toorongo River along the trail

The trail is quite well-signpostedThe trail is quite well-signposted

Eventually, the trail started to ascend gently to get up to the Toorongo FallsEventually, the trail started to ascend gently to get up to the falls

Further up ahead, I could see the Toorongo Falls but only its very topFurther up ahead, I could see the falls but only its very top. From this vantage point, it was apparent to me that the falls was actually quite tall

The trail continued climbing its way up to the viewing deck before Toorongo FallsThe trail continued climbing its way up to the viewing deck before the falls

Toorongo Falls and viewing platformThe falls and the viewing platform

Continuing the loop hike uphill towards Amphitheatre FallsContinuing the loop hike uphill towards Amphitheatre Falls

At the metal viewing deck for the Amphitheatre FallsAt the metal viewing deck for the Amphitheatre Falls

Last look at the Amphitheatre Falls before I took offLast look at the falls before I took off

Looking downstream from the Amphitheatre FallsLooking downstream from the Amphitheatre Falls

On the downhill track to complete the loop walkOn the downhill track to complete the loop walk

A bridge over the Little Toorongo River as I was almost back at the car parkA bridge over the Little Toorongo River as I was almost back at the car park


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Melbourne, we took the Maroondah Hwy (Hwy 34) to the city's northeast before continuing on the Warburton Hwy (B380) about 39km from the Melbourne CBD. We stayed on the B380 for the next 24km towards the Yarra Junction where we then kept right to go onto the Noojee Rd (C425). We persisted on the Noojee Rd for the next 44km (passing through the town of Noojee) before turning left onto the Toorongo Falls Rd. The unsealed road continued for the next 6.4km to the car park at its end.

It took us about 2 hours to get to the car park, but admittedly, we were lost in the Melbourne city streets, and we probably could've saved another 15 minutes (maybe another half-hour?) or so had we been more efficient about it.




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TRIP REPORTS

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