Snobs Creek Falls

Rubicon State Forest / Murrindindi Shire / Mt Morris / near Thornton / Eildon, Victoria, Australia

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1
Snobs Creek Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Snobs Creek Falls (also known as just Snobs Falls) was a surprisingly reliably flowing waterfall that seemed to have defied the drought-stricken conditions that plagued most of our first visit to Victoria in November 2006. In fact, not only was Snobs Creek possessing healthy flow, but the forest around its creek also seemed to have a healthy green instead of the sickly brown that was ubiquitous throughout the southeast of Australia. While the falls was officially said to have a drop of 100m, our views were limited to just the attractive main tier (pictured above) which was probably more like 15m or so. Thus, pictures really didn't do this waterfall justice, and this was further reinforced by a new lookout closer to the top of the falls that limited the picture taking even more as of my last visit in November 2017.

From the parking bay alongside the unsealed access road, there were two paths to choose from. The path on the right led a mere 25m downhill to some small cascades further upstream of the Snobs Creek Falls. The path on the left descended and followed Snobs Creek for about 100m before reaching some newly-built metal walkway and viewing platform near the top of the main drop of the falls. Almost immediately downstream were more drops but there was no safe way to view them. On our first visit back in November 2006, this metal walkway wasn't there, and we were actually able to get a more satisfying view of the upper drop of Snobs Creek Falls, which is pictured at the top of this page.

The old track used to keep going alongside the creek, but I suspect that for one reason or another, there were erosion problems. Thus, the scenic rating was reduced as a result of the reduced experience. Anyways, we were still able to get a partial scenic view of the valley further downstream of the falls from waterfall's top. Overall, experiencing all of the lookouts and short walks here only took about 15 minutes making for a short detour as part of a longer drive in the Eildon area. It felt like I wound up spending more time waiting out the fine dust particles to settle after they were kicked up and suspended in the air for several minutes at a time whenever a logging truck would pass by the parking bay on the unsealed access road.

Finally, we learned that the name of this waterfall actually had to do with a West Indian bootmaker who operated a boot shop nearby. Apparently, the term snob was an old English word for someone who made or repaired boots. It had nothing to do with our first inclination of associating the name of the falls with some rich snob.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

This was the view looking over the top of Snobs Creek Falls towards the Snobs Creek Valley from our first visit in November 2006This was the view looking over the top of Snobs Creek Falls towards the Snobs Creek Valley from our first visit in November 2006
It was probably 2-2.5 hours drive from Melbourne to Snobs Creek Falls so day trips from the city to the falls seemed pretty reasonable though we couldn't underestimate the traffic in the city itselfIt was probably 2-2.5 hours drive from Melbourne to Snobs Creek Falls so day trips from the city to the falls seemed pretty reasonable though we couldn't underestimate the traffic in the city itself
The Melbourne CBD was bustling with energy from festivals, events, and the day-to-day activities from both locals and tourists alike. Shown here is Federation Square looking towards St Pauls CathedralThe Melbourne CBD was bustling with energy from festivals, events, and the day-to-day activities from both locals and tourists alike. Shown here is Federation Square looking towards St Pauls Cathedral
Signage at the parking bay indicating that I was in the right place for Snobs Creek FallsSignage at the parking bay indicating that I was in the right place for the falls

Context of the unsealed road adjacent to the walking track leading to the Snobs Creek FallsContext of the unsealed road adjacent to the walking track leading to the falls

Going down the short track to the lookout for the cascades upstream of the Snobs Creek FallsGoing down the short track to the lookout for the cascades upstream of the falls

Looking towards some of the cascades upstream of Snobs Creek FallsLooking towards some of the cascades upstream of the main falls

After having my fill of the cascades on Snobs Creek, I had to wait out the dust to settle after a logging truck had passed byAfter having my fill of the cascades on Snobs Creek, I had to wait out the dust to settle after a logging truck had passed by

On the short 100m track leading to the Snobs Creek FallsOn the short 100m track leading to the main waterfalls

Continuing along the short but well-developed walk to the Snobs Creek FallsContinuing along the short but well-developed walk to the main waterfalls

Looking over the top of Snobs Creek Falls towards the Snobs Creek ValleyLooking over the top of the Snobs Creek Falls towards the Snobs Creek Valley

Descending to the lookout platform at the end of the short 100m track fronting the upper drop of Snobs Creek FallsDescending to the lookout platform at the end of the short 100m track fronting the upper drop of the main falls

Context of the lookout platform above Snobs CreekContext of the lookout platform above Snobs Creek

That new lookout platform really limited our ability to take pictures of Snobs Creek FallsThat new lookout platform really limited our ability to take pictures of Snobs Creek Falls

As a comparison, here's our first look at Snobs Creek Falls from back in November 2006As a comparison, here's our first look at Snobs Creek Falls from back in November 2006

Last look down at part of Snobs Creek Falls and the new viewing platformLast look down at part of the falls and the new viewing platform

Just to give you an idea of how the experience used to be like, here's a series of photos taken from our first visit back in November 2006.  Here's an angled look at the upper drop of Snobs Creek FallsJust to give you an idea of how the experience used to be like, here's a series of photos taken from our first visit back in November 2006. Here's an angled look at the upper drop of the falls

A more downstream view of the Snobs Creek Falls in profile from that first visit in November 2006A more downstream view of the falls in profile from that first visit in November 2006

Looking over the top of Snobs Creek Falls towards the valley below from the morning of that first visit in November 2006Looking over the top of the falls towards the valley below from the morning of that first visit in November 2006

Plaque commemorating a girl who lost her life at Snobs Creek Falls seen in November 2006. Since this was at the now-forbidden part of the track, I didn't notice this plaque on a subsequent visit in November 2017Plaque commemorating a girl who lost her life at the falls seen in November 2006. Since this was at the now-forbidden part of the track, I didn't notice this plaque on a subsequent visit in November 2017


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Checking out the falls from the metal walkway and lookout


Right to left sweep from the cascades lookout


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Since there were many ways of reaching Eildon and the Lake Eildon National Park vicinity from say Melbourne or Euroa, I'll just focus on what I think would be the most straightforward and shortest route from Melbourne.

From the Melbourne CBD, I'd find my way north onto the start of the Maroondah Highway (Hwy 34) nearby the University of Melbourne and the Melbourne Museum around the corner of Elgin St and Rathdowne St. Then head east on the Maroondah Highway (Hwy 34).

If pressed for time or can't be bothered being mired in traffic, then it might be worth finding the way to Alexandra Parade further north or to Hoddle Street further to the east. Both streets have access to the M3 EastLink Tollway.

Eventually, the EastLink Tollway (M3) exits with the Maroondah Highway (still Hwy 34) at the suburb or Ringwood. The Maroondah Highway became the B300 Highway beyond the suburb of Lilydale. At around 5km or so northeast of Lilydale, I'd take the B360 fork on the right to continue on the Maroondah Highway. After about 41km, the B360 intersected with the C507 at Narbethong.

Turning left to continue on the Maroondah Highway (B360), I'd then drive about 26km to its junction with the C515 Road in Taggerty. After about 13km on the Taggerty-Thornton Rd (C515), I'd then turn right onto the Goulburn Valley Highway (B340) in Thornton, and follow this highway east for almost 8km to the Snobs Creek Road on the right. Then, I'd follow Snobs Creek Rd for roughly 5.5km (the road became unsealed after 3km) to the signposted parking bay on the left.

Overall, this drive would take on the order of 2.5 hours depending on the amount of traffic in Melbourne as well as the number of traffic light stops in its northeastern suburbs.

When leaving the area, given how narrow Snobs Creek Road was, you're supposed to make a U-turn 600m further on Snobs Creek Rd instead of attempting a dangerous three-point turn at the trailhead.

Coming from the north, I was able to reach Snobs Creek Falls by way of Euroa, Merton, Yarck, Alexandra, and eventually Thornton to Snobs Creek Road.

If coming from Marysville, I was able to take the Buxton-Marysville Rd (C508) to join the Maroondah Highway (B360) due north, then follow the route to Taggerty and then to Thornton as described earlier.

For further geographical context, Eildon was 48km (over 30 minutes drive) north of Marysville, 89km (over an hour drive) south of Euroa, 139km (over 2 hours drive) northeast of Melbourne, 175km (about 2 hours drive) south-southwest of Wangaratta, and 587km (6 hours drive) southwest of Canberra.




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