Sailors Falls

Daylesford / Macedon Ranges / Hepburn Shire, Victoria, Australia

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1
Sailors Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Sailors Falls was a convenient almost roadside waterfall situated in the Hepburn Regional Park just south of the historic town of Daylesford. As you can see from the photo at the top of this page that the falls would be most impressive during or immediately after significant rain storms would saturate Sailors Creek. In some of the historical photos shown in the signage nearby, there could be twin waterfalls flowing side-by-side (as opposed to the singular drop you see on this page). In any case, getting the view you see pictured above only required a mere 150-200m walk towards the top of the steps leading down to the ravine carved out by Sailors Creek.

At the bottom of the descent, there was a bench and another lookout, but the view of the falls from down there was obstructed. We learned after the fact that some of the locals in the know were able to cross Sailors Creek (as part of the Mineral Springs Walk) then scramble upstream towards the base of the main segment of Sailors Falls. We didn't do this on either of our visits, but we wished that we did.

Speaking of which, the first time we visited this waterfall was in November 2006, which was during the Great Australian Drought that lasted for the better part of the decade. As a casualty of the drought, the falls was bone dry during that visit. It wasn't until 11 years later when we finally had the opportunity to witness the falls in a flowing state. However, this had followed a rain storm that lasted for a couple of days prior to our arrival to Spa Country. Prior to that storm, the Winter and Spring had been unusually dry, and the previous rains had occurred over a month before that latest storm. So indeed, these observations further reinforced the notion that it was all about timing when it came to seeing this falls perform.

Finally, Sailors Creek was once the site of a gold rush in the 1850s, in which much of the surrounding timber was denuded to support the mining activities and the growth of neighboring settlements, including the town of Daylesford to the north. These days, the mineral content of the waters in the region had been recognized as possessing healing qualities, and thus the watercourses became protected in the name of spa tourism with the ancillary benefit of experiencing waterfalls such as this one.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Just 8km north of Sailors Falls was the historic town of Daylesford, which featured some interesting historical buildings as well as some nice restaurants and lodgings in the heart of Spa CountryJust 8km north of Sailors Falls was the historic town of Daylesford, which featured some interesting historical buildings as well as some nice restaurants and lodgings in the heart of Spa Country
On the way to both Trentham and Sailors Falls, we stopped by the impressive Organ Pipes shortly after leaving the city of MelbourneOn the way to both Trentham and Sailors Falls, we stopped by the impressive Organ Pipes shortly after leaving the city of Melbourne
Speaking of Melbourne, the riverside walk along both banks of the Yarra River seemed like a pretty happening place to take in a less hectic part of the CBD west of Federation SquareSpeaking of Melbourne, the riverside walk along both banks of the Yarra River seemed like a pretty happening place to take in a less hectic part of the CBD west of Federation Square
It's not often that graffiti is celebrated, but in some side streets of the Melbourne CBD like Hoosier Lane, that was certainly the case!It's not often that graffiti is celebrated, but in some side streets of the Melbourne CBD like Hoosier Lane, that was certainly the case!
The car park for Sailors FallsThe car park for the falls

The start of the short walk to the views of Sailors FallsThe start of the short walk to the views of the falls

Interpretive signs depicting the history of the area amongst these shelters at the top of the gorgeInterpretive signs depicting the history of the area amongst these shelters at the top of the gorge

Signs pointing the way towards the views of Sailors FallsSigns pointing the way towards the views of the falls

The start of the steep descent to the bottom of Sailors FallsThe start of the steep descent to the bottom of the falls

Context of the descending steps and the Sailors FallsContext of the descending steps and the falls

On our first visit back in November 2006, it took a while to figure out that this was supposed to be the Sailors FallsOn our first visit back in November 2006, it took a while to figure out that this was supposed to be the falls

This view of the Sailors Falls shows that there could be a second twin waterfall side by side with the main falls if Sailors Creek had enough water in itThis view shows that there could be a second twin waterfall side by side with the main falls if Sailors Creek had enough water in it

The main drop of Sailors FallsThe main drop of Sailors Falls

Sailors Falls not flowing in November 2006Sailors Falls not flowing in November 2006

Looking down at the rest of the descent towards the bottom of the ravineLooking down at the rest of the descent towards the bottom of the ravine

From this lower lookout, the view of the Sailors Falls was obstructed and disappointingFrom this lower lookout, the view of the falls was obstructed and disappointing

After the descent, this was the view looking back up at the steps we had to take to return to the car parkAfter the descent, this was the view looking back up at the steps we had to take to return to the car park

Back at the car park for Sailors FallsBack at the car park for the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Long video showing the obstructed views of the falls from the lookout at the bottom before going back up the steps for a more direct view at the falls


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the roundabout connecting the A300 and the C138 in the heart of Daylesford, we took the C138 (Vincent St becoming Ballan-Daylesford Rd) south for about 6km. By then, we encountered a signpost for Sailors Falls pointing to a car park on our left just before the junction with Telegraph Rd.

For some geographical context, Daylesford was 41km (over 30 minutes drive) west of Woodend, 46km (about 45 minutes drive) northeast of Ballarat, and 112km (about 90 minutes drive) northwest of Melbourne.




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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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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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2016 Rains bring Sailors Falls Alive 
I came out to fish the many small dams and reservoirs around the region and thus left my heavy camera gear at home. I stopped off at Sailors Falls on the …

Sailor Falls - Photography Excursion, August 2010 
A couple of friends and I stopped off at Sailor Falls on the way home from a photo excursion in the Bendigo area in August 2010. Recent rains meant …

The Wet Season (Sailors Falls) 
I visited Sailors Falls in August 2010, during a seasonal wet pattern. Both sides were flowing, with the western drop in a segmented form.

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