Agnes Falls

Gippsland / Hazel Park / Toora / Welshpool, Victoria, Australia

About Agnes Falls


Hiking Distance: 440m round trip
Suggested Time: 30 minutes

Date first visited: 2006-11-12
Date last visited: 2017-11-23

Waterfall Latitude: -38.6426
Waterfall Longitude: 146.37118

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Agnes Falls was an impressive multi-tiered waterfall in the quiet South Gippsland region.

Both times we’ve been to this waterfall, it was seen as part of a long day trip that looped throughout the Gippsland Region in the eastern part of Victoria.

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Agnes Falls

The effort was richly rewarded as a short 200m walk from the car park led us to a pair of overlooks where we could witness the Agnes River drop 59m into the narrow gorge below.

A sign here claimed that this was the highest single span falls in the state of Victoria though we truthfully weren’t sure what exactly they meant by “single span”.

After all, it had multiple drops not unlike the 84m Steavenson Falls.

Plus, it certainly had more tiers to it than the singular plunging 32m Trentham Falls.

Experiencing Agnes Falls

Our first visit to Agnes Falls occurred in November 2006, which happened to be during one of Australia’s longest and worst droughts in its recorded history to date.

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The state of Agnes Falls when we first saw it back in November 2006

Yet despite the stressing conditions, the falls still had somewhat decent (albeit low) flow during that time.

When I returned here 11 years later in November 2017, the Agnes River had a little more volume.

However, it still seemed like it could have really put on a show had the Gippsland Region not been subject to an anomalously dry Winter and Spring that year.

It was worth noting that the Agnes River happened to be a key water catchment for the Toora area and other nearby towns.

Thus, swimming and fishing were prohibited here though we did witness a weir near the top of the falls that appeared to have altered the shape of the brink of the falls.

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The state of Agnes Falls when we saw it back in November 2017

Specifically, the weir caused an unnaturally straight dam-like wall that the Agnes River would drop over.

Indeed, this weir was but one intervention in a system of dams (dating back to 1924) throughout the Agnes River system, which was designed to aid with the water supply.

We weren’t sure if these interventions might have adversely impacted the flow of water over the years, but in each of our visits, much of the rocky underbelly beneath the falls was exposed.

Overall, Julie and I managed to fully experience this falls in a matter of 30 minutes or less.

Other visitors to the area appeared to have spent even less time than that as we came earlier and left later than most of them.

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Looking towards the weir at the very top of Agnes Falls, making that part of the falls appear man-made or man-modified

Indeed, for such a short visit, it was definitely worth the quick detour if driving in the area.

Authorities

Agnes Falls resides in the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve. It is administered jointly by Parks Victoria and the Boon Wurrung, Bunurong, and Gunaikurnai People. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

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Since we visited Agnes Falls from Melbourne, I’ll focus on just the driving directions directly from the city centre even though I’m aware that there are many other ways to reach the falls from all over Gippsland.

From the Melbourne CBD, I drove southeast on Batman Ave (which was actually a CityLink Toll Route), which eventually joined up with the Monash Freeway (M1) bound for Warragul. I continued driving on the M1 east for about 31km before taking the exit for the South Gippsland Hwy (M420).

Once on the South Gippsland Hwy (M420), I then continued on this road for about 51km before continuing on the South Gippsland Hwy as the A440. Continuing on the South Gippsland Hwy (A440) for another 94km, I’d finally enter the town of Toora (about 10km east of Foster, which was the main town linking up with Wilson’s Promontory to the south).

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The car park at Agnes Falls

Once in Toora, I followed a sign that had me turn left onto the Toora-Gunyah Road. After nearly 4.5km on the Toora-Gunyah Rd, the signs then pointed me to turn right onto the Toora-Wanyip Rd. Then, I’d follow this road to the Creamery Valley Rd, which then became Hazel Park Rd. And after 6.5km from the turnoff from Toora-Wanyip Rd, a sign then had us turn right onto the Agnes River Rd.

We then followed the Agnes River Rd to its end after 2.3km (roughly 15km from Toora).

Overall, this drive took me on the order of 3 hours (45 minutes of it due to traffic in Melbourne).

It’s worth noting if you happened to be coming from the east, it was reasonable to take the Slades Hill Rd from the west end of Welshpool, then head west on Hazel Park Rd to the Agnes River Rd.

For overall geographical context, Toora was 10km (10 minutes drive) east of Foster, 13km (10 minutes drive) west of Welshpool, 69km (1 hour drive) north of Tidal River, 97km (over an hour drive) south of Traralgon, and 182km (2.5 hours drive without traffic) southeast of Melbourne.

Checking out the main drop of the falls from one of the lookouts before pacing over to the other lookout revealing some of the more hidden lower tiers at the expense of seeing less of the main tiers

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Visitor Comments:

New Improvements at Agnes Falls proving very popular January 7, 2015 4:27 am by Kathleen - Officially opened in October 2014 the new toilet block, easily found located beside the carpark, and the new picnic tables and shelter, are proving to be another drawcard for visitors coming to view these pretty falls in South Gippsland. The Agnes Falls drop 59 metres to the gorge below, and are only a pleasant 10… ...Read More

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New Improvements at Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve 2013 August 1, 2013 1:00 pm by Kathleen - In the second half of 2012 members of the local community around Toora, and nearby towns, came together to form the "Friends of Agnes Falls Inc". After much letter writing, meetings, and liaison with Parks Victoria, the South Gippsland Shire Council, and a number of State Government politicians, the group was recently successful in obtaining… ...Read More
Agnes Falls, South Gippsland (near Toora) June 18, 2013 9:00 am by Kathleen - A hidden gem, and big surprise to most visitors, these single span falls drop 59 metres to the gorge below. A two hundred metre walk from the carpark takes you to two viewing platforms, one facing the falls, the other the gorge. A pretty walk with occasional glimpses of what is to come. Most spectacular… ...Read More

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