Triplet Falls

Great Otway National Park / Colac-Otway Shire / Great Ocean Road / near Lavers Hill, Victoria, Australia

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 2
Triplet Falls
Triplet Falls far exceeded our expectations as Julie and I were becoming conditioned to think that just about all the waterfalls west of Melbourne would be dry or trickling during our drought-stricken November 2006 visit to the southeast of Australia. However, as you can see from the photo at the top of this page, the falls was flowing quite well, living up to its name as we could clearly see three segments running side-by-side amidst the dense growth. Speaking of the growth, of the three columns of water, only the far right one yielded the most unobstructed views as the other two were somewhat covered by the foliage. We also needed a wide angle lens to try to capture all three falls in one shot.

Regarding the flow of the falls, we were in the midst of some wild Antarctic weather. In fact, it was even raining during our visit. So it was hard to tell whether the satisfactory flow of the falls was indicative of all the rain we were seeing, or if the drought didn't quite affect the Otways as much as the rest of Victoria. Given the proximity of this waterfall to Hopkins Falls near Warrnambool to the west, such a dramatic difference in flow suggested that some areas must have received a greater distribution of rainfall than others, or some of the man-made developments might have impaired some drainages more than others, or maybe both. Given the lushness of the Otways during our visit, we tended to think that the healthy ecosystem here may have contributed mightily to the waterfall's health.

Julie on the rainforest loop walk to Triplet Falls Triplet Falls was the site of vandalism in 2003 when loggers chainsawed a chunk of the native forest and forced the closure of the track. It was rumored that the incident may have been a result of the ongoing battle between those in favor of preserving and expanding the native forests and those who want to continue logging to sustain or produce income. Fortunately for us, the walk was re-opened by the time we arrived. In fact, during our experience here, we couldn't see any evidence of the chainsaw attack that prevented access in the first place.

Speaking of the walk, it was a pleasant 2km (1 hour return) rainforest loop walk. The track was mostly on a combination of long dirt steps and metal grates, which helped us with the slippery footing, especially considering that it was raining during our hike. Most of the hike was downhill on steps as we got deeper into the rainforest. The fact that the scars from the chainsaw attack weren't noticed by us (though admittedly our eyes weren't trained to look out for these things), it might have been indicative of the resiliency of the forest given its rate of growth in this lush environment thanks to the high rainfall here.

It wasn't until we were nearly two-thirds the way through the loop hike when we reached the falls. We were only able to view the falls from the viewpoint as the denseness of the forest pretty much meant other views wouldn't be as interesting. The remainder of the walk went back up more steps to regain the elevation we lost. Even though the signs said the walk was 1 hour return, Julie and I took our time and we spent closer to 75 minutes on the track.

Finally, nearby this waterfall was another attraction called the Otway Fly. It was said to be a tree-top walk where suspended and elevated walks would have allowed us to walk amongst the tree tops of towering gum trees. Since we had done a similar Tree Top Walk near Walpole in WA, we opted to skip the Otway Fly. However, in hindsight, we probably should have taken the time to do it as the forest here was different than the tingle and karri forests seen near Walpole.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

We went to Triplet Falls after leaving Port Campbell, and about 12km east of the town along the Great Ocean Road was the Twelve Apostles, which we thought was the signature attraction of the roadWe went to Triplet Falls after leaving Port Campbell, and about 12km east of the town along the Great Ocean Road was the Twelve Apostles, which we thought was the signature attraction of the road
About 7km west of Port Campbell was the London Bridge Arch, which used to look like the one in the UK, but one arch collapsed years ago and now looked like what was in this photoAbout 7km west of Port Campbell was the London Bridge Arch, which used to look like the one in the UK, but one arch collapsed years ago and now looked like what was in this photo
Somewhere between the London Bridge and the Twelve Apostles was this impressive sea arch, which the Great Ocean Road seemed to have no shortage ofSomewhere between the London Bridge and the Twelve Apostles was this impressive sea arch, which the Great Ocean Road seemed to have no shortage of
Around 3km east of the Twelve Apostles was the Loch Ard Gorge, which was another dramatic section of the Great Ocean Road featuring more islands and sea archesAround 3km east of the Twelve Apostles was the Loch Ard Gorge, which was another dramatic section of the Great Ocean Road featuring more islands and sea arches
The signpost at the trailhead telling us what we were in for when trying to visit Triplet FallsThe signpost at the trailhead telling us what we were in for when trying to visit the falls

Julie descending down the stairs into the rainforestJulie descending down the stairs into the rainforest

Julie on the flat metal grate portion of the rainforest trackJulie on the flat metal grate portion of the rainforest track

Looking towards Young Creek as we were getting closer to Triplet FallsLooking towards Young Creek as we were getting closer to the falls

Looking at the far right drop of the Triplet FallsLooking at the far right drop of the Triplet Falls

Looking towards the more hidden segments of Triplet FallsLooking towards the more hidden segments of Triplet Falls


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Port Campbell, we followed the Great Ocean Road (B100) east for about 50km east to the town of Lavers Hill. We then continued east on Colac-Lavers Hill Rd (becoming Beech Forest-Lavers Rd) for about 14km to the town of Ferguson. From there, we turned right onto Phillips Track (I believe there were signposts pointing this way) for just under 7km to the car park for Triplet Falls. Note that the Otway Fly was on the Phillips Track Road.

About 13km east of Port Campbell along the Great Ocean Road, we highly recommend checking out the world famous Twelve Apostles, which are giant rock stacks formed from the erosive forces of the pounding Southern Ocean.



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