Beehive Falls

Grampians National Park (Gariwerd) / Roses Gap / Wartook Valley, Victoria, Australia

About Beehive Falls


Hiking Distance: 2.8km round trip
Suggested Time: 60-75 minutes

Date first visited: 2017-11-15
Date last visited: 2017-11-16

Waterfall Latitude: -36.97424
Waterfall Longitude: 142.45211

Beehive Falls was another one of the “minor” waterfalls within the Grampians National Park boundary where I happened to see it in two different personalities within a 24 hour period.

Like with Clematis Falls, I happened to see this waterfall trickling prior to an overnight rain storm (the first significant rainfall in the area in at least a month).

Beehive_Falls_116_11152017 - Beehive Falls
Beehive Falls

Given the intensity of the storm, it caused me to return for a re-visit.

Sure enough, I wound up seeing the 25m falls in a more satisfactory state as you can see pictured above.

Given that it was a little out-of-the-way compared to most of the waterfalls in the Halls Gap vicinity (this one was in the Roses Gap area further to the north), I found myself completely alone both times I’ve done this hike.

So it was definitely fulfilling in terms of peace and quiet as well as letting Nature slowly sink into me during the excursion.

Beehive_Falls_135_11152017 - Beehive Falls with interesting cliff formations above it
Beehive Falls with interesting cliff formations above it

I’m unclear as to how Beehive Falls got its name, but I’m guessing that it might have come from the neighboring rock formations that could have resembled beehives to the people who named the falls.

You can kind of see the potentially namesake mounds in the photo above, which I was able to attain only after continuing past the bottom of the falls on a steeply climbing track.

It eventually led up to the Briggs Bluff another 4km past the falls.

Without this perspective, the surrounding reddish cliffs took on a more jagged appearance as the “beehives” were set further back from the immediate cliffs blocking the line of sight to mounds.

Hiking to Beehive Falls

Beehive_Falls_008_11142017 - On the Beehive Falls Track, which passed through a semi-open area with very limited shade as I suspect this area has seen a bushfire or two
On the Beehive Falls Track, which passed through a semi-open area with very limited shade as I suspect this area has seen a bushfire or two

The hike to Beehive Falls began from a well-signed car park and pullout right off the Roses Gap Road (see directions below).

The mostly flat track meandered through open bushlands with limited tree cover that might have been the result of a fire or two.

So it would be exposed to the sun on a sunny day.

This stretch persisted for the first 250m or so before the track made a bend to the right and the cliffs of the Briggs Bluff came closer into view.

Beehive_Falls_088_11152017 - I was able to see Beehive Falls from a distance when the falls was flowing
I was able to see Beehive Falls from a distance when the falls was flowing

Then, the track followed alongside a gradually inclining path that more or less went straight for the next 600m.

In this stretch, I was able to hear Mud Hut Creek (when it was flowing) as well as attain a distant view of Beehive Falls.

During my visits in November 2017, I also saw some Spring wildflowers that happened to be in bloom.

As the track brought me closer to the cliffs and they became more imposing, the path then veered to the left.

Beehive_Falls_025_11142017 - Wildflowers blooming alongside the Beehive Falls Track
Wildflowers blooming alongside the Beehive Falls Track

It eventually brought me on a slight incline right up to the cliffs responsible for the Beehive Falls.

After crossing a bridge over Mud Hut Creek, the path became a bit rockier (i.e. potentially more slippery) as it ascended rock steps.

The track eventually deposited me past a small cave and right at the base of the impressive falls.

Conditions around the Beehive Falls

When I first showed up at the falls when it was trickling, I noticed that there were fish in the calm rocky plunge pool.

Beehive_Falls_050_11142017 - Beehive Falls and its hardly-flowing state when I first saw it on my November 2017 visit the day before a rain storm
Beehive Falls and its hardly-flowing state when I first saw it on my November 2017 visit the day before a rain storm

I’d imagine that given the clarity of the water and the fairly secluded nature of the falls, it could very well be a cooling off spot on a hot day.

After all, I noticed some informal scrambling tracks leading right up to the cliffs underlying the falls.

Under conditions where there was more water on Mud Hut Creek (like on my return visit barely 24 hours later), this scramble and cooling off spot could be more hazardous.

That’s because the rocks would be more slippery and the creek would be faster flowing.

Beehive_Falls_122_11152017 - Direct look at the Beehive Falls barely 24 hours later after a strong overnight storm reinvigorated Mud Hut Creek
Direct look at the Beehive Falls barely 24 hours later after a strong overnight storm reinvigorated Mud Hut Creek

Although the base of Beehive Falls was pretty much the turnaround point for this excursion (making this a 2.8km return hike), I actually noticed that the path continued back across Mud Hut Creek before climbing a series of rock steps.

As alluded to earlier, it was from up there that I was able to look back at the falls for that unusual perspective that could very well have inspired its name.

Anyways, both times I did this hike, I wound up taking about an hour each time.

Authorities

Beehive Falls resides in the Grampians National Park near Halls Gap, Victoria. It is administered by Parks Victoria. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Beehive_Falls_009_11142017 - The further I went on the Beehive Falls Track, the more the cliffs of the Briggs Bluff came into view. This photo was taken on my first go at Beehive Falls so this photo and the next few were taken on that day
Beehive_Falls_012_11142017 - On the Beehive Falls Track flanked by blooming wildflowers during my first go on my November 2017 visit
Beehive_Falls_022_11142017 - Further along the Beehive Falls Track flanked by even more blooming wildflowers during my first go on my November 2017 visit
Beehive_Falls_023_11142017 - Looking up at a couple of birds by the Beehive Falls Track during my first go on my November 2017 visit
Beehive_Falls_027_11142017 - The Beehive Falls Track became narrower with more spider webs to break as I got closer to Beehive Falls on my first go in November 2017
Beehive_Falls_029_11142017 - Crossing a bridge over Mud Hut Creek upon my first go on my November 2017 visit to Beehive Falls
Beehive_Falls_030_11142017 - Going up rock steps towards a dry or trickling Beehive Falls during my first go on my November 2017 visit
Beehive_Falls_032_11142017 - Beehive Falls not doing so great during my first go on my November 2017 visit
Beehive_Falls_036_11142017 - Broad look at the Beehive Falls just 24 hours prior to my second visit in November 2017
Beehive_Falls_039_11142017 - Direct look at the struggling Beehive Falls during my first go on my November 2017 visit
Beehive_Falls_041_11142017 - Looking downstream at the pools of Mud Hut Creek when the Beehive Falls wasn't doing so great 24 hours before my second visit a day later in November 2017
Beehive_Falls_048_11142017 - Under such conditions, I noticed there were fish swimming about in the calm plunge pool on Mud Hut Creek beneath Beehive Falls
Beehive_Falls_053_11142017 - On the way out of Beehive Falls when it was dry on my first go at it in November 2017, I noticed this small cave near the waterfall's base
Beehive_Falls_062_11142017 - Broad look back at a trickling Beehive Falls flanked by colourful red cliffs during my first go at it in November 2017
Beehive_Falls_067_11142017 - Looking at this 'track' etched on a slab of rock before a trickling Beehive Falls during my first go on my November 2017 visit
Beehive_Falls_071_11142017 - Closer look at some of the wildflowers blooming alongside the Beehive Falls Track in November 2017
Beehive_Falls_075_11142017 - Heading back along the Beehive Falls Track somewhat defeated during my first go on my November 2017 visit
Beehive_Falls_079_11152017 - Back at the Beehive Falls Track the very next day after the Grampians area underwent a pretty significant rain storm overnight in November 2017
Beehive_Falls_080_11152017 - Passing through the familiar semi-open terrain along the Beehive Falls Track during my second go on my November 2017 visit
Beehive_Falls_083_11152017 - Continuing along the familiar Beehive Falls Track during my second go on my November 2017 visit. Notice the difference in the colour of the track given the rain that had fallen overnight
Beehive_Falls_140_11152017 - Looking ahead towards the Beehive Falls actually flowing during my second go at it in November 2017
Beehive_Falls_092_11152017 - As the track veered to the left to approach the Briggs Bluff cliffs and the Beehive Falls, I noticed there were more ferns flanking the path during my second go in November 2017
Beehive_Falls_093_11152017 - Crossing the bridge over Mud Hut Creek just downstream of Beehive Falls during my second go of it in November 2017. Notice the difference in the colour of the planks of the bridge compared to yesterday's shot of the same bridge given all the moisture
Beehive_Falls_095_11152017 - Another look at the rocky section with etchings onto the rock itself for a little better traction in case it was wet here (which it was during my second visit following a rain storm). Notice that now Beehive Falls was flowing as opposed to a similar shot taken yesterday earlier in this gallery
Beehive_Falls_100_11152017 - Finally at the Beehive Falls when it was flowing during my second go of it in November 2017
Beehive_Falls_109_11152017 - Looking right at the Beehive Falls when it was flowing during my second visit in November 2017
Beehive_Falls_111_11152017 - Checking out the impressive Beehive Falls from its base as it was flowing during my second go at it in November 2017
Beehive_Falls_126_11152017 - More elevated look at the Beehive Falls when it was flowing during my second go of it on November 2017
Beehive_Falls_134_11152017 - From this higher perspective, I surmised that Beehive Falls might have gotten its name from the mound-like formations right behind it

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The signposted trailhead for Beehive Falls was right off the Roses Gap Road.

There were two different approaches to get here, and which one you’d take depended on where you were coming from.

So I’ll describe both methods in this section.

I’ll start with the approach from Halls Gap (since that was where we were staying), then I’ll describe the route from the Western Highway between Horsham and Stawell.

Driving from Halls Gap to Beehive Falls

Beehive_Falls_002_11142017 - The unsealed Mt Zero Rd was unsealed and full of kangaroos when I took this approach to Beehive Falls from Halls Gap
The unsealed Mt Zero Rd was unsealed and full of kangaroos when I took this approach to Beehive Falls from Halls Gap

From Halls Gap, I drove about 800m north of the C222/C216 junction (just north of the main part of town) to Mt Zero Road.

Turning left onto the Mt Zero Road, I then drove for the next 20km or so to the Roses Gap Road.

Most of this stretch of road was unsealed with lots of kangaroos (there was even a local cop patrolling this road) so I had to be careful not to overspeed.

Once I reached the paved Roses Gap Road, I then turned left and drove about 500m to the signed car park and trailhead on the left.

Beehive_Falls_003_11142017 - The trailhead car park for the Beehive Falls Track
The trailhead car park for the Beehive Falls Track

Overall, this drive took me about 25 minutes.

Driving from Stawell or Horsham to Beehive Falls

For the other approach to the Beehive Falls from the north, I’d recommend leaving the Great Western Highway (A8) at Jackmans Rd just east of the village of Dadswells Bridge.

Dadswells Bridge was about 35km southeast of Horsham along the A8 from the A8/A200 junction and about 27km northwest of Stawell along the A8 from the A8/C216 junction.

That said, from Stawell, you could just turnoff onto Roses Gap Rd directly.

Beehive_Falls_078_11142017 - While driving the Roses Gap Road, I noticed this kangaroo jumping around someone's pasture, which kind of illustrated to me how abundant they were
While driving the Roses Gap Road, I noticed this kangaroo jumping around someone’s pasture, which kind of illustrated to me how abundant they were

Once on Jackmans Rd, I’d then drive it south for about 3km to the Roses Gap Rd.

Then, I’d turn right and follow the Roses Gap Rd for a little over 6km to the signed car park and trailhead on the left.

Finally, while the realization that the Great Western Highway approach to the trailhead was all sealed and thus more appealing than the lengthy unsealed Mt Zero Road approach from Halls Gap, I did time the all sealed route.

It wound up taking me 35 minutes (10 minutes more than the Mt Zero approach) to do that drive due to the longer distance.

So if I had to choose between going sealed or unsealed to and from Halls Gap, I’d still stick with the shorter unsealed approach.

For geographical context, Halls Gap was about 28km (under 30 minutes drive) west of Stawell, 75km (over an hour drive) southeast of Horsham, 50km (about 45 minutes drive) west of Ararat, and 96km (over an hour drive) north of Hamilton. Melbourne was roughly 205km (2 hours 15 minutes drive) east of Ararat and 300km (about 3.5 hours drive) east of Horsham.

Long video checking out the falls and surrounding cliffs in decent flow from both its sides while also looking up and down from those various angles. This was barely 24 hours after I saw it trickling prior to an all night rain storm


T-shaped sweep from left to right then following the path of the trickling waterfall

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