Triplet Falls, as the name suggests, consists of three impressive columns of water.
On a trip in which we had started to expect disappointing waterfalls thanks to a long drought extending through our visit in November 2006, we were pleasantly surprised at how much flow this guy had. But to be honest, we weren't sure if its acceptable flow was due to the wild weather we had been getting (it was even raining during our visit) or this area got lucky with a greater allocation of rainfall despite the drought.
Of the three columns of water, only the rightmost one yields unobstructed views. We needed a wide angle lens to try to capture all three waterfalls in one shot (as shown above).
In 2003, an act of vandalism by loggers forced the closure of this very popular waterfall. The waterfall resides in the Great Otway State Forest, and it is rumored that the incident may be 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 and we were able to experience the pretty waterfall and the pleasant 2km (1 hour return) rainforest walk. I reckon the high rainfall of the area probably caused enough growth to mask the scars of the chainsaw attack.
Nearby this waterfall was another attraction called the Otway Fly. It was a tree-top walk where suspended and elevated walks let you walk amongst the tree tops of towering gum trees. Since we had done a similar Tree Top Walk near Walpole in WA, we didn't do the Otway Fly, but I'm sure it's definitely something worthwhile to do while visiting Triplet Falls.Directions:
From Port Campbell, we followed the Great Ocean Road for about 50km east until we reached the Beech Forest-Lavers Rd. From there, we left the Great Ocean Road and continued east on Beech Forest-Lavers Rd towards Ferguson (about 15km). Then, we turned right (I think there were signposts here) onto a road that went past the Otway Fly and ended at the car park for Triplet Falls.
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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Julie descending down the stairs into the rainforest
A more familiar view of the waterfall
The 12 Apostles
Another look at the Twelve Apostles; this time with a morning rainbow
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