Beauchamp Falls

Great Otway National Park / Beech Forest, Victoria, Australia

About Beauchamp Falls


Hiking Distance: 2.5km round trip
Suggested Time: 60-75 minutes

Date first visited: 2006-11-16
Date last visited: 2017-11-18

Waterfall Latitude: -38.64903
Waterfall Longitude: 143.61146

Beauchamp Falls was another waterfall that we targeted for a visit while touring the Great Otway National Park as we briefly detoured inland from the famous Great Ocean Road.

What attracted us to this 20-25m waterfall was its satisfying rectangular shape surrounded by native bush.

Beauchamp_Falls_17_060_11172017 - Beauchamp Falls
Beauchamp Falls

It seemed like this particular waterfall didn’t quite get the same fanfare as other neighbouring waterfalls in the Otways.

So that allowed Julie and I to pretty much enjoy this waterfall all by ourselves when we first visited this place back in November 2006.

We came back 11 years later, and it appeared that word had gotten out about this place.

That was because I had noticed that many more people were enjoying the falls as well as the campgrounds near the trailhead.

Beauchamp_Falls_004_11152006 - Beauchamp Falls when we first saw it back in November 2006
Beauchamp Falls when we first saw it back in November 2006

As for its flow, as you can see in the photo above, this waterfall seemed pretty healthy.

Each time we’ve been to the falls (both in November 2006 and in November 2017), Deppeler Creek had similar flows.

This attested to the high rainfall nature of the Otways, which seemed to be more drought resistant compared to other parts of Victoria.

And this was even more apparent during our first visit here when a severe drought gripped the southeastern region of Australia for the better part of the decade!

Hiking to Beauchamp Falls

Beauchamp_Falls_17_073_11172017 - Looking back at the clearing and campground area at the start of the lush bush walk towards Beauchamp Falls
Looking back at the clearing and campground area at the start of the lush bush walk towards Beauchamp Falls

To earn a sighting of Beauchamp Falls, we had to go on an upside down hike requiring around an hour to complete.

The dense rainforest meant that the track was refreshingly cool and misty under wetter conditions, but it also meant that it could be a little on the muggy side on a warm and sunny day (like it was on our latest visit in November 2017).

In any case, the track was mostly well developed and easy to follow.

The only difficulty was getting a good view of the falls from its base as well as the fairly moderate uphill hike on the return to the car park.

Beauchamp_Falls_001_11152006 - Julie on the Beauchamp Falls walk during our rainy first visit in November 2006
Julie on the Beauchamp Falls walk during our rainy first visit in November 2006

The track started off from the fairly open car park, which some people also used as a campground.

It then descended on a pretty peaceful walk amongst the native forest trees and ferns that seemed to be a distinguishing feature of the Otways rainforest.

The track seemed to be on a mix of old logging roads and dirt track as it continued mostly downhill towards Dappeler Creek (the watercourse responsible for Beauchamp Falls).

It definitely seemed more primitive and less developed compared to the other neighboring waterfalls like Triplet Falls and Hopetoun Falls.

Beauchamp_Falls_17_010_11172017 - The lush fern-fringed track to Beauchamp Falls, which attested to the high rainfall that the Otways would typically see
The lush fern-fringed track to Beauchamp Falls, which attested to the high rainfall that the Otways would typically see

Once the track bottomed out near the creek, it then followed along the creek briefly to the north before making a final bend and steep descent to the waterfall.

The descent involved going down several steps before reaching a newly developed walkway that would eventually lead right up to a mostly overgrown and non-ideal viewing spot of the upper part of the Beauchamp Falls.

The first time Julie and I were here back in 2006, this viewpoint wasn’t there.

Instead, we had to walk along Dappeler Creek and enjoy the falls from its very bottom, which I contend would still be the best place to experience the falls.

Beauchamp_Falls_17_038_11172017 - The newly-built viewing deck at the end of the Beauchamp Falls Track
The newly-built viewing deck at the end of the Beauchamp Falls Track

That said, it appeared that Parks Victoria had purposefully built railings along the final portion of the track to obscure the old path to the base of the falls.

This development may be to prevent further erosion caused by the scramble to the creek as well as to limit the likelihood of slip-and-fall injuries due to the muddy terrain and slippery rocks.

Despite the infrastructure to obscure the old path, there were still plenty of visitors determined to get a better view of the falls via the old path.

The old path wasn’t hard to spot, especially since we knew where to look having been here before.

Beauchamp_Falls_17_065_11172017 - Joining a group of folks already at the base of Beauchamp Falls
Joining a group of folks already at the base of Beauchamp Falls

Regardless, after having our fill of the Beauchamp Falls, we then made the long climb back up to the car park.

Authorities

Beauchamp Falls resides in the Great Otway National Park near Apollo Bay, Victoria. It is administered by Parks Victoria. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Beauchamp_Falls_17_007_11172017 - The fairly well-shaded descending track to the Beauchamp Falls as seen during our November 2017 visit
Beauchamp_Falls_17_016_11172017 - The Beauchamp Falls Track was flanked by both tall trees and ferns, which were telltale signs that this was a high rainfall area
Beauchamp_Falls_17_020_11172017 - Hiking beneath some umbrella ferns as I was getting closer to the bottom of the long descent to Beauchamp Falls during my visit in November 2017
Beauchamp_Falls_17_027_11172017 - Once the initial long descent to Beauchamp Falls bottomed out, the track then crossed Dappeler Creek before doing a switchback that veered away from the creek and finally descended back towards it at the falls
Beauchamp_Falls_17_031_11172017 - The final descent to the banks of Dappeler Creek and the Beauchamp Falls as seen during our November 2017 visit
Beauchamp_Falls_17_034_11172017 - As you can see, the final descent to Beauchamp Falls was also non-trivial
Beauchamp_Falls_17_036_11172017 - The last stretch of track leading up to the official lookout for Beauchamp Falls as seen during my November 2017 visit
Beauchamp_Falls_17_044_11172017 - This was the view of Beauchamp Falls from the official viewpoint during our November 2017 visit
Beauchamp_Falls_17_057_11172017 - This was the view of Beauchamp Falls from within Dappeler Creek during our November 2017 visit
Beauchamp_Falls_17_066_11172017 - This was the railing that was set up to obscure the old path leading to the banks of Dappeler Creek and eventually the base of Beauchamp Falls as seen during my November 2017 visit
Beauchamp_Falls_17_067_11172017 - Starting the long climb back to the car park after having my fill of Beauchamp Falls during my November 2017 visit
Beauchamp_Falls_17_068_11172017 - I noticed quite a few people heading to Beauchamp Falls on my return hike even though I hardly saw anyone on the way in during my November 2017 visit
Beauchamp_Falls_17_071_11172017 - Continuing the long ascent back up to the car park from Beauchamp Falls during my November 2017 visit
Beauchamp_Falls_17_072_11172017 - NO CAPTION
Beauchamp_Falls_001_jx_11152006 - Sign telling us what we were signed up for in order to reach Beauchamp Falls during our November 2006 visit
Beauchamp_Falls_015_11152006 - Our first look at Beauchamp Falls on Little Aire Creek when we first came here back in November 2006
Beauchamp_Falls_018_11152006 - This was Julie checking out Beauchamp Falls from our first visit back in November 2006. I noticed on our November 2017 visit that they no longer allow you to get down to the banks of Little Aire Creek
Beauchamp_Falls_023_11152006 - Another look at the Beauchamp Falls in long exposure given the even lighting from the rainy day of our November 2006 visit

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We’ll describe the driving route to Beauchamp Falls 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 500m or so to another signposted junction.

We then turned left at this junction to go onto the unsealed Beauchamp Falls Road, and we followed the signs and this road all the way to its end in a little over 2km.

Beauchamp_Falls_17_002_11172017 - At the car park for Beauchamp Falls
At the car park for Beauchamp Falls

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 18km or so before turning right onto the unsealed Beauchamp Falls Road.

Finally, we’d follow that road as above for the final 2km 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.

Panning video showing the Beauchamp Falls from the official lookout


Right to left sweep showing the falls up and down as well as some surrounding cliffs and river scenery

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Visitor Comments:

Tree Ferns February 23, 2018 3:09 pm by Vanessa Reynolds - Hi, I liked your blog of walk to Beauchamps Falls in the Otways, but noticed you wrote about "umbrella ferns". These are called TREE ferns in Australia, there are only 2 types, Dicksonia & Cyathea. Remnant vegetation from when Australia was joined as part of Gondwana - very slow growing. About an inch per year,… ...Read More

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Beauchamp Falls September 2010 July 4, 2011 3:55 am by Jeff Scott - We visited Beauchamp Falls in September 2010. Our original goal was Hopetoun Falls but somehow we missed that and ended up here instead! A long walk in the rain, but certainly worth the effort and I got one of my favourite photos here. ...Read More

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