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.
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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What Other Visitors Have Said
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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 …
It bode ill. "I can't remember the last time it rained," the man in Devonport had said. And there I was looking forward to photographing waterfalls. Things change though;...[more]
King George Falls Are Awesome
I'm a cameraman for a fishing show and on a charter through the Kimberly we stopped over at King George Falls during the dry season...[more]
Cedar Creek Falls Jan 2008
Hi, my name is Phil and I just wanted to share a photo of Cedar Creek Falls in full flow. Had you been there a few months earlier you would have seen it too. We had been staying in Proserpine...[more]
Hopkins Falls at full flow
We visited this falls in August 2010. The recent wet weather had the falls at a very high flow, and the spectacle was bringing in many of the locals to come and gawk...[more]
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 which...[more]
Dangars Falls - Great When Wet
I've been to Dangars Falls many times but I've never seen it totally dry. Once I was there just after a peak flood and it was spectacular. Sadly...[more]
Mongrel Bastards Mountain Bike Club
As a Queenslander in 'enemy territory' I was lucky enough to be allowed to tag along on a 75km mountain bike ride that started at Eltham to the South, took in Minyon Falls and looped back...[more]
Whoever penned the last sentence hadn't been there for some time. Signs on the most important intersection aren't apparent which cost me about 10 minutes, and another sign was overgrown with foxglove...[more]