Victoria Waterfalls (Australia)
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Victoria Waterfalls (VIC) were just one of many scenic assets in this smallest of the states on the mainland of Australia, but it certainly packed quite a bit of diversity in its landscapes and especially its waterfalls. We found such falls in places like the Snowy Mountains, the rainforests of Gippsland and the Otway Ranges, the fire-scarred Grampians, the Yarra Ranges, and even the goldfields and farmlands in the northeast of the state. In fact, quite a few of these waterfalls were within a reasonable day trip from the city of Melbourne - the largest city in the state.
So far, we only have one trip in November 2006 to show for our waterfalling survey in the state. Unfortunately, it also happened to coincide with one of Australia's worst droughts in its recorded history, and the drought seemed to have hit the state of Victoria particularly hard. So this definitely took off the luster of a large percentage of waterfalls that we visited in the state, but then there were others that pleasantly surprised us with their resiliency to the drought.
So our waterfalling survey (as you can see from the map above) still contained a fair number of waterfalling excursions regardless of whether the waterfalls were flowing well or not. But in order to get a better handle on all of these waterfalls, we've broken up the state into the following divisions - Eastern Victoria
, Great Ocean Road and Otways
, and Western Victoria
The Eastern Victoria division consists of pretty much everything to the east of Melbourne. This included the Gippsland Region, the Yarra Ranges, and even the Murray River area to the far northeast. Among the waterfall highlights of this area include Toorongo Falls
in one of the rainforests of Gippsland as well as Steavenson Falls
by Marysville, which seemed to be a very popular waterfall.
The Great Ocean Road and Otways division followed the rugged and scenic coastlines and forests in the famed stretch between Melbourne and Warnambool. Even though it was world famous for the Twelve Apostles (among other formations like the London Bridge, the Grotto, and the Loch Ard Gorge), this division surprised Julie and I with its waterfall density even in the face of Victoria's crippling drought. Among the drought-defying waterfalls in the lush Otway Ranges were Triplet Falls
, Hopetoun Falls
, and Erskine Falls
Finally, the Western Victoria division consists of pretty much everything to the west of Melbourne but excludes the Great Ocean Road and Otways. This was probably the hardest hit area in terms of the drought, but Julie and I were still pleasantly surprised by some of the waterfalls that did end up flowing such as the resilient MacKenzie Falls
, which did quite well despite the overwhelming evidence of fire and drought in the Grampians National Park.
Julie and I feel like we need to come back to Victoria under more normal circumstances, and we're still itching for a return to truly appreciate all it has to offer. In the mean time, check out the pages below to see what our waterfalling here was like...
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