Wannon Falls

Southern Grampians Shire / near Hamilton, Victoria, Australia

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Wannon Falls
Wannon Falls was one of the waterfalls that we anticipated seeing prior to our visit to our November 2006 trip to Australia. Unfortunately, as you can see from the photo at the top of this page, it was only trickling as it was adversely affected by the drought that hammered the southeast of the country (especially Western Victoria). It was a shame because the literature consistently showed a wide waterfall plunging some 30m into a big plunge pool with a wide alcove behind it demonstrating that this falls was had been around for a long time.

Even though Julie and I saw water in the Wannon River further upstream as we were driving towards Hamilton from the Grampians National Park, by the time it got to this falls, most of it was gone. We suspect that the remainder of the flow of the river was diverted for agricultural purposes since the Southern Grampians Shire seemed to be a big agricultural area.

We saw this waterfall from a couple of locations. One was a distant viewpoint (see directions below) where we could see the full context of the falls and the curved amphitheater it resided in. The other viewpoint was from a different access road and car park, and it led us to a much closer view near the brink of the falls. Nearby this overlook were picnic tables and facilities as this place would typically receive many visitors being one of the marquee attractions of the region. Of course, given its state during our visit, we were the only ones here. That said, we hope to be able to come back and see this waterfall under more normal conditions (and give it a more indicative scenic rating than what we're giving it right now).

The area around Hamilton (the nearest town of any size by the falls) was known as Volcano Country. This was evident as we noticed traces of basalt formations in the lip of the falls providing the hard layer necessary for waterfall formation.

Directions: Wannon Falls is located about 15 minutes due west of Hamilton off the Glenelg Highway (B160) in the Grampians District. For the well-developed main viewing and picnic area, drive for about 18km to the well signposted turnoff on the left for the falls.

The alternate, more distant viewing area was off the Morgiana Rd, which was about 750m east along the Glenelg Hwy of the turnoff for main picnic area. About 750m on Morgiana Rd, there was a separate car park and distant view of the falls to the right of the road.

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Nigretta Falls was also very close to Wannon Falls, but as you can see from this photo, it too was trickling since they were both on the Wannon River
View from an alternate overlook by Morgiana Rd for Wannon FallsView from an alternate overlook by Morgiana Rd

Closer look at Wannon Falls from the main lookout showing that it did have some flow, but it was only a trickleCloser look at the falls from the main lookout showing that it did have some flow, but it was only a trickle

Another look at Wannon Falls from the main lookout using Julie's cameraAnother look at the falls from the main lookout using Julie's camera

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Sweet Cliff Jump 
Jumped off it yesterday! Just amazing! And it's not 30m. It's about 23.

Wannon Falls High Flow 
In August 2010, Wannon Falls was flowing very well, creating quite an impressive sight.

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