Agnes Falls

Hazel Park / South Gippsland Shire / near Welshpool / near Toora, Victoria, Australia

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1.5
Agnes Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Agnes Falls was an impressive multi-tiered waterfall in the quiet South Gippsland region. Both times we've been to this waterfall, it was seen as part of a long day trip that looped throughout the Gippsland Region in the eastern part of Victoria. The effort was richly rewarded as a short 200m walk from the car park led us to a pair of overlooks where we could witness the Agnes River drop 59m into the narrow gorge below. A sign here claimed that this was the highest single span falls in the state of Victoria though we truthfully weren't sure what exactly they meant by "single span" considering it had multiple drops like the 84m Steavenson Falls and it certainly had more tiers to it than the plunging 32m Trentham Falls.

Julie and I had made two visits to this waterfall. Our first visit occurred in November 2006, which happened to be during one of Australia's longest and worst droughts in its recorded history. Yet despite the stressing conditions, the falls still had somewhat decent (albeit low) flow during that time. When I returned here 11 years later in November 2017, the Agnes River had a little more volume, but it still seemed like it could have really put on a show had the Gippsland Region not been subject to an anomalously dry Winter and Spring that year.

It was worth noting that the Agnes River happened to be a key water catchment for the Toora area and other nearby towns. Thus, swimming and fishing were prohibited here though we did witness a weir near the top of the falls that appeared to have altered the shape of the brink of the falls with its unnaturally straight dam-like wall that the Agnes River would drop over. Indeed, this weir was but one intervention in a system of dams (dating back to 1924) throughout the Agnes River system designed to aid with the water supply. We weren't sure if these interventions might have adversely impacted the flow of water over the years, but in each of our visits, much of the rocky underbelly beneath the falls was exposed.

Overall, Julie and I managed to fully experience this falls in a matter of 30 minutes or less. Other visitors to the area appeared to have spent even less time than that. Indeed, for such a short visit, it was definitely worth the quick detour if driving in the area.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was the aptly-named Squeaky Beach in Wilsons Promontory just over an hour drive from Agnes Falls. Not only was the beach here beautiful and serene, but the sand really did squeak!This was the aptly-named Squeaky Beach in Wilsons Promontory just over an hour drive from Agnes Falls. Not only was the beach here beautiful and serene, but the sand really did squeak!
At the very end of the Wilsons Promontory Road to Tidal River, a less squeaky but no less beautiful Norman's Beach was another nice spot to chill out and just enjoy NatureAt the very end of the Wilsons Promontory Road to Tidal River, a less squeaky but no less beautiful Norman's Beach was another nice spot to chill out and just enjoy Nature
Melbourne was about 2.5 hours drive to the west of Agnes Falls. Here's a look at the Shrine of Remembrance, which was also a good place to get an elevated view of the skyline of the Melbourne CBDMelbourne was about 2.5 hours drive to the west of Agnes Falls. Here's a look at the Shrine of Remembrance, which was also a good place to get an elevated view of the skyline of the Melbourne CBD
While the St Kilda Beach had nothing on those on Wilsons Promontory in terms of scenery and tranquility, it was quite the hangout for young folks when the weather was gorgeousWhile the St Kilda Beach had nothing on those on Wilsons Promontory in terms of scenery and tranquility, it was quite the hangout for young folks when the weather was gorgeous
The restroom facility and car park for Agnes FallsThe restroom facility and car park for Agnes Falls

Looking towards the picnic area at the Agnes Falls ReserveLooking towards the picnic area at the reserve

Looking towards the weir at the very top of Agnes Falls, making that part of the falls appear man-made or man-modifiedLooking towards the weir at the very top of Agnes Falls, making that part of the falls appear man-made or man-modified

Looking across the profile of the uppermost drop of Agnes FallsLooking across the profile of the uppermost drop of the falls

Looking down into the gorge at Agnes Falls' profile from the November 2006 visitLooking down into the gorge at the waterfall's profile from the November 2006 visit

Angled look across the top of Agnes Falls in November 2006.  Note the concrete weir across the top of the fallsAngled look across the top of the falls in November 2006. Note the concrete weir across the top of the falls

Looking back at the short walkway leading from the view of the weir to the lookouts for the Agnes FallsLooking back at the short walkway leading from the view of the weir to the lookouts for the falls

Descending to the pair of lookouts for the Agnes FallsDescending to the pair of lookouts for the falls

Direct view of Agnes Falls in November 2017Direct view of the falls in November 2017

This was the direct view of Agnes Falls as seen in November 2006This was the direct view of Agnes Falls as seen in November 2006

This was the view of Agnes Falls from the other lookout nearbyThis was the view of the falls from the other lookout nearby

This was about as much of Agnes Falls as we could capture in one shot, which was taken from an overlook a short distance set back from the other lookout at the end of the track in November 2006This was about as much of Agnes Falls as we could capture in one shot, which was taken from an overlook a short distance set back from the other lookout at the end of the track in November 2006

On the way back to the car park, I took another look at the very top of Agnes Falls and that unnatural-looking weir going right across itOn the way back to the car park, I took another look at the very top of Agnes Falls and that unnatural-looking weir going right across it

Looking down across Agnes Falls into the deep ravine carved out by the Agnes RiverLooking down across the falls into the deep ravine carved out by the Agnes River


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Checking out the main drop of the falls from one of the lookouts before pacing over to the other lookout revealing some of the more hidden lower tiers at the expense of seeing less of the main tiers


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Since we visited Agnes Falls from Melbourne, I'll focus on just the driving directions directly from the city centre even though I'm aware that there are many other ways to reach the falls from all over Gippsland.

From the Melbourne CBD, I drove southeast on Batman Ave (which was actually a CityLink Toll Route), which eventually joined up with the Monash Freeway (M1) bound for Warragul. I continued driving on the M1 east for about 31km before taking the exit for the South Gippsland Hwy (M420).

Once on the South Gippsland Hwy (M420), I then continued on this road for about 51km before continuing on the South Gippsland Hwy as the A440. Continuing on the South Gippsland Hwy (A440) for another 94km, I'd finally enter the town of Toora (about 10km east of Foster, which was the main town linking up with Wilson's Promontory to the south).

Once in Toora, I followed a sign that had me turn left onto the Toora-Gunyah Road. After nearly 4.5km on the Toora-Gunyah Rd, the signs then pointed me to turn right onto the Toora-Wanyip Rd. Then, I'd follow this road to the Creamery Valley Rd, which then became Hazel Park Rd. And after 6.5km from the turnoff from Toora-Wanyip Rd, a sign then had us turn right onto the Agnes River Rd.

We then followed the Agnes River Rd to its end after 2.3km (roughly 15km from Toora).

Overall, this drive took me on the order of 3 hours (45 minutes of it due to traffic in Melbourne).

It's worth noting if you happened to be coming from the east, it was reasonable to take the Slades Hill Rd from the west end of Welshpool, then head west on Hazel Park Rd to the Agnes River Rd.

For overall geographical context, Toora was 10km (10 minutes drive) east of Foster, 13km (10 minutes drive) west of Welshpool, 69km (1 hour drive) north of Tidal River, 97km (over an hour drive) south of Traralgon, and 182km (2.5 hours drive without traffic) southeast of Melbourne.




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New Improvements at Agnes Falls proving very popular 
Officially opened in October 2014 the new toilet block, easily found located beside the carpark, and the new picnic tables and shelter, are proving to …

New Improvements at Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve 2013 
In the second half of 2012 members of the local community around Toora, and nearby towns, came together to form the "Friends of Agnes Falls Inc". After …

Agnes Falls, South Gippsland (near Toora) 
A hidden gem, and big surprise to most visitors, these single span falls drop 59 metres to the gorge below. A two hundred metre walk from the carpark …

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