Hopetoun Falls

Great Otway National Park / Colac-Otway Shire / Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1.5
Hopetoun Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Hopetoun Falls was certainly one of the more pleasing waterfalls that we visited during our drought-stricken trip to Victoria in November 2006. And it performed equally well during a follow-up trip that took place in November 2017. Like other drought-defying waterfalls in the Otway Rainforest area (such as Beauchamp Falls and Triplet Falls), this waterfall had a healthy flow and the rainforest setting was misty, green, and lush. Being on the heritage listed Aire River, it was little wonder that the healthy drainage coupled with the wet climate resulted in the reliable flow of the falls. As we were touring the Great Ocean Road, we would consistently see this waterfall appear frequently on post cards and calendars, and after having seen it in person, we could understand why this was the case, especially given its pretty satisfying 30m plunge with a classic rectangular shape.

From the little parking bay for Hopetoun Falls (see directions below), we began by taking a very short 30m stroll (wheelchair-accessible I'm sure) to the upper viewing deck. From here, we were able to look down at the waterfall through some foliage blocking a fair bit of the line-of-sight. It wasn't the greatest of views and it certainly left us wanting to see more.

So we continued on the walking track which required us to descend some stairs until it eventually flattened out alongside the Aire River. After a short stint walking in the upstream direction alongside the river, we ended up at a lookout platform containing a bench and the signature view of the falls. With such peaceful settings and sturdy railings to facilitate attempting long exposure photographs without a tripod, this was a very photo friendly waterfall. After having our fill of the falls, we would go back up the steps to the car park to complete the 1km walk. Overall, on our first visit here, we had spent about 40 minutes away from the car at a very leisurely pace.

On our second visit to the Hoopetoun Falls, one unfortunate visitor managed to break her ankle on a misstep. That resulted in some additional delays so the medics could do their job to help stabilize the ankle and stretcher her out. Perhaps more importantly, that underscored the notion that even on a simple track like this, care must be taken to wear sturdy shoes with traction and to pay attention to one's surroundings. You never know when Murphy strikes.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

About 69km west of Hopetoun Falls (12km east of Port Campbell) along the Great Ocean Road was the Twelve Apostles, which we thought was the signature attraction of the Great Ocean RoadAbout 69km west of Hopetoun Falls (12km east of Port Campbell) along the Great Ocean Road was the Twelve Apostles, which we thought was the signature attraction of the Great Ocean Road
About 7km west of Port Campbell was the London Bridge Arch, which used to look like the one in the UK, but one arch collapsed years ago and now looked like what was in this photoAbout 7km west of Port Campbell was the London Bridge Arch, which used to look like the one in the UK, but one arch collapsed years ago and now looked like what was in this photo
About 13km west of the Twelve Apostles was an area known as the Grotto which featured a pretty accessible large sea archAbout 13km west of the Twelve Apostles was an area known as the Grotto which featured a pretty accessible large sea arch
Not far from Beech Forest and the Hopetoun Falls was the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk, which was said to be the tallest such walk in the worldNot far from Beech Forest and the Hopetoun Falls was the Otway Fly Tree Top Walk, which was said to be the tallest such walk in the world
The parking bay for Hopetoun FallsThe parking bay for the falls

Approaching the upper lookout for Hopetoun Falls just 30m from the car parkApproaching the upper lookout for the falls just 30m from the car park

This was the view of Hopetoun Falls from the upper lookout in November 2017This was the view of the falls from the upper lookout in November 2017

Obstructed view of Hopetoun Falls from the upper viewing deck as seen in November 2006Obstructed view of the falls from the upper viewing deck as seen in November 2006

Julie descending towards the Aire River for a closer look at Hopetoun FallsJulie descending towards the Aire River for a closer look at the falls

Julie continuing on the descent to the Aire RiverJulie continuing on the descent to the Aire River

Checking out the stairs for the steepest sections of the track from back in November 2006Checking out the stairs for the steepest sections of the track from back in November 2006

At the bottom of the descent, we then followed the path alongside the Aire River beneath tall fernsAt the bottom of the descent, we then followed the path alongside the Aire River beneath tall ferns

Getting closer to the end of the track and the closer view of Hopetoun FallsGetting closer to the end of the track and the closer view of the falls

Julie at the end of the track checking out Hopetoun FallsJulie at the end of the track checking out Hopetoun Falls

The viewing deck near the base of Hopetoun Falls as seen in November 2006The viewing deck near the base of Hopetoun Falls as seen in November 2006

Knowing that someone was injured with a broken ankle and medics were tending to her, we chilled out at this spot for a bit before heading back upKnowing that someone was injured with a broken ankle and medics were tending to her, we chilled out at this spot for a bit before heading back up

This was what Hopetoun Falls looked like when the late afternoon sun showed upThis was what Hopetoun Falls looked like when the late afternoon sun showed up

Last look at the pleasing Hopetoun Falls before we headed back upLast look at the falls before we headed back up

This was the nearly picture-postcard view we got from Hopetoun Falls on our first visit back in November 2006This was the nearly picture-postcard view we got from the falls on our first visit back in November 2006

Julie making the climb back up to the car parkJulie making the climb back up to the car park

Back at the car park, where this pair of emergency vehicles were already parked to bring the injured hiker outBack at the car park, where this pair of emergency vehicles were already parked to bring the injured hiker out


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Right to left sweep of the Aire River leading up to the falls, where the video ended with a zoom-in on the falls itself


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We'll describe the driving route from Beech Forest, which was about 67km (an hour drive) east of Port Campbell or 40km (under an hour drive) north-northwest of Apollo Bay. Both approaches minimize the amount of unsealed driving.

From Beech Forest, we drove east on the Beech Forest-Mt Sabine Road (C159) for about 1.3km to the Binns Road turnoff on the right. There was signage for both Beauchamp Falls and Hopetoun Falls at this junction. After turning right to go onto the unsealed Binns Rd, we then drove another 4.5km or so to another signposted junction. We then turned right at this junction to go onto the unsealed Hopetoun Falls Road, and we followed this narrow road for the final 400m to its end, where there was a limited parking bay.

An alternate approach from Apollo Bay would be to take the Binns Road directly from the south at about 13km west of town along the Great Ocean Road (B100). Then we'd follow the unsealed Binns Rd for roughly 15km or so before turning left onto the unsealed Hopetoun Falls Road. Then, we'd follow that road as above for the final 400m to the car park at its end.

For context, Port Campbell was about 61km (about an hour drive) east of Warrnambool, 98km (over 90 minutes drive) west of Apollo Bay, 227km (2.5 hours drive via the M1 and A1) west of Melbourne taking the inland route, and 291km (4.5 hours drive) west of Melbourne taking the Great Ocean Road.




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TRIP REPORTS

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