Hindmarsh Falls

Victor Harbor / Fleurieu Peninsula / Hindmarsh Valley, South Australia, Australia

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1
Hindmarsh Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Hindmarsh Falls was an attractive series of cascades and pools before culminating in a 20-25m drop easily viewable from a lookout at the end of a short track. As you can see from the photo at the top of this page, there was a bit of color to this falls thanks to the underlying algae providing some greens and yellows to the scene. In fact, of all the waterfalls we've seen in the state of South Australia, Julie was partial to this one based on the color alone. Of course, that color wasn't present on our first visit back in November 2006 when it was one of the casualties of the severe drought that gripped much of the southeasern sections of the country for the better part of the decade.

From the car park (see directions below), we followed a well-developed concrete path descending for about 250m or so eventually terminating at an overlook with a direct top down view of the Hindmarsh Falls. It appeared from the evidence of the track continuing beyond the barricades that the base of the falls used to be accessible. But I suspect from erosion and the subsequent exposure to dropoffs (in addition to letting the area re-vegetate and stabilize), they've closed off that access over the years (it was even closed during our first visit). Nevertheless, our excursion only took around 10-15 minutes so it was a good place to stretch out and enjoy the scenery whilst making the drive between Adelaide and Victor Harbor.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Hindmarsh Falls was about 70km south of the Adelaide CBD, which was the largest city in South Australia. Shown here is the Rundle Street Mall where there was a lot of energy and activityHindmarsh Falls was about 70km south of the Adelaide CBD, which was the largest city in South Australia. Shown here is the Rundle Street Mall where there was a lot of energy and activity
This was the sweeping view from Mt Lofty, which was over the city of Adelaide some 2 hours drive from Victor HarborThis was the sweeping view from Mt Lofty, which was over the city of Adelaide some 2 hours drive from Victor Harbor
To the west of Victor Harbor was the ferry from Cape Jervis to Kangaroo Island, where we had our most satisfying koala sightings, especially in the Flinders Chase National ParkTo the west of Victor Harbor was the ferry from Cape Jervis to Kangaroo Island, where we had our most satisfying koala sightings, especially in the Flinders Chase National Park
Kangaroo Island was also Seal Bay which was one of the few places where it was possible to get close to Australian Sea Lions as shown in this photoKangaroo Island was also Seal Bay which was one of the few places where it was possible to get close to Australian Sea Lions as shown in this photo
Sign at the car park indicating we found the right placeSign at the car park indicating we found the right place

The unsealed car park at Hindmarsh FallsThe unsealed car park at the falls

Julie starting on the short well-developed walk to the overlook of Hindmarsh FallsJulie starting on the short well-developed walk to the overlook of the falls

The short track was mostly downhill on the way to the overlookThe short track was mostly downhill on the way to the overlook

The dead-end of the short track right at the overlook for Hindmarsh FallsThe dead-end of the short track right at the overlook for the falls

Checking out the colorful and attractive Hindmarsh Falls from the overlook just as the sun was hiding behind cloudsChecking out the colorful and attractive falls from the overlook just as the sun was hiding behind the clouds

Context of the Hindmarsh Falls when we first saw it from the overlook back in November 2006. As you can see it didn't flow very well due to the great drought that ravaged much of the decade from 2000 to 2009Context of the falls when we first saw it from the overlook back in November 2006. As you can see it didn't flow well due to the great drought that ravaged much of the decade from 2000 to 2009

Focused in on the only part of Hindmarsh Falls that was most visible to show that it wasn't totally dry back in November 2006Focused in on the only part of the falls that was most visible to show that it wasn't totally dry back in November 2006

The track ends here though it looked like it used to go further. So this closure was in place even as far back as our first visit in November 2006The track ends here though it looked like it used to go further. So this closure was in place even as far back as our first visit in November 2006

Julie making her way back to the car after having her fill of Hindmarsh FallsJulie making her way back to the car after having her fill of the falls

Back at the limited parking space at the end of the Hindmarsh Falls RoadBack at the limited parking space at the end of the Hindmarsh Falls Road


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Checking out the falls from a couple of different vantage points as well as the walk between them


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the roundabout in the heart of Victor Harbor (connecting Port Elliot Road, Hindmarsh Road, and Adelaide Road), we headed north on Adelaide Road (A13) for about 4.5km (becoming Victor Harbor Rd along the way) before turning left onto Hindmarsh Tiers Rd.

We then followed Hindmarsh Tiers Rd for about 8.5km before turning left onto Hindmarsh Falls Rd (there was a sign pointing the way to the waterfall at this junction). We then followed the Hindmarsh Falls Rd to its end at about 1.3km away from the junction. The last kilometre or so was unsealed.

Overall, it took us around 15-20 minutes to make this drive from the coastline at Victor Harbor.

For context, Victor Harbor was about 84km (over an hour drive) south of Adelaide.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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Hindmarsh Falls in full flow 
We went to Hindmarsh Falls today (13/7/09) and it was in full flow. The past couple of weeks we have had consistent rain, especially in the past 4 days …

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