Clematis Falls

Grampians National Park (Gariwerd) / Halls Gap, Victoria, Australia

About Clematis Falls


Hiking Distance: 2.4km round trip
Suggested Time: 45-75 minutes

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

Waterfall Latitude: -37.12661
Waterfall Longitude: 142.51549

Clematis Falls was what I considered to be one of the “minor” waterfalls of the Grampians National Park.

As opposed to the “major” waterfalls in the park which would have pretty reliable flow throughout the year (like MacKenzie Falls and Silverband Falls), minor falls like this tended to have more temporary flow.

Clematis_Falls_088_11152017 - Clematis Falls
Clematis Falls

In my experience, seeing it with sufficient water would entirely depend on when the last major rain storm would have occurred prior to making a visit.

Indeed, I saw the falls trickling when I first showed up, which was at least a month after the last major rain storm in the area.

However, after a persistent and heavy rain storm hit the Halls Gap area overnight, I was able to finally see Clematis Falls flow (as you see pictured above) when I returned barely 12 hours from my first visit.

Under satisfactory flow, the falls appeared to be on the order of 25-30m tall (possibly taller).

Clematis_Falls_018_11142017 - Clematis Falls when I first saw it less than 24 hours prior to when the prior photo was taken
Clematis Falls when I first saw it less than 24 hours prior to when the prior photo was taken

Indigo Creek fell on a bare sloping cliff face with a slight overhang towards the bottom.

Thus, with care it might be possible to stand behind the last cascading drop of Clematis Falls.

Needless to say, serious timing was necessary to properly experience this waterfall, and it was this lack of reliable flow and temperamental nature that resulted in the reduced scenic rating score.

I’d imagine the same could be said of a couple of other nearby waterfalls that I didn’t get a chance to visit like Turret Falls and Splitters Falls.

Hiking to Clematis Falls

Halls_Gap_156_11152017 - Looking across the Halls Gap Recreational Oval where heaps of kangaroos were grazing in its field
Looking across the Halls Gap Recreational Oval where heaps of kangaroos were grazing in its field

From the Halls Gap Recreational Oval (see directions below), I followed a gently uphill track that led up to a signed junction flanked by large rocks roughly 200m or so from the official trailhead.

By the way, the oval was a cricket ground that tended to have lots of kangaroos grazing in the field.

I then kept left at the signed junction and continued on the uphill track for the remaining kilometre gaining the remainder of the 70m or so of grade.

The falls track passed by another junction with the Chatauqua Peak Track (which was closed during my visit).

Clematis_Falls_008_11142017 - A split in the track leading to Clematis Falls, which ultimately ascended past the rocks on the left side
A split in the track leading to Clematis Falls, which ultimately ascended past the rocks on the left side

Then, the track rounded a bend as it went over a slippery exposed section of rock fronting the base of the Clematis Falls.

I was able to tell if the falls had flow before reaching its base because I could hear it on the approach.

When it was trickling on my very first visit prior to the rain storm, I couldn’t hear the falls until I saw it trickle right at its base.

After having my fill of the falls, I then returned back the way I came to complete the 2.4km out-and-back excursion.

Clematis_Falls_066_11152017 - Looking up at Clematis Falls right from its base on the morning after a pretty heavy rain storm hit the Halls Gap area overnight
Looking up at Clematis Falls right from its base on the morning after a pretty heavy rain storm hit the Halls Gap area overnight

My hike was slightly longer than the official track (roughly 2.6km round trip according to my GPS logs) because I did the hike from the Kiramli Villas on Warren Road on the opposite end of the cricket field.

In either case, I spent between 55-70 minutes, where the difference in time spent revolved around how long I hung around to take pictures.

In other words, I took a lot more time on my second visit because the falls was flowing well, but I didn’t spend so much time on my first visit when the falls was trickling.

Authorities

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

Halls_Gap_045_11142017 - A pair of kangaroos wondering what I was doing as I was cutting across from Warren Rd to the Clematis Falls Track during my first go at it in November 2017
Clematis_Falls_010_11142017 - Ascending the Clematis Falls Track during my first go at it upon my visit in November 2017
Clematis_Falls_011_11142017 - The Clematis Falls Track rounding this bend as it continued its ascent during my first go at it in November 2017
Clematis_Falls_013_11142017 - Going past this closed track junction where the path to Chatauqua Peak on the left was unavailable so the only way was forward to Clematis Falls
Clematis_Falls_015_11142017 - Approaching some rock steps and an exposed rocky section just as I was getting close to the cliffs containing the Clematis Falls during my first go at it in November 2017
Clematis_Falls_024_11142017 - This was the state of Clematis Falls during my first go at it on my visit in November 2017
Clematis_Falls_036_11142017 - Upon closer inspection of the Clematis Falls, I noticed that it was still trickling during my first visit in November 2017
Clematis_Falls_043_11142017 - Looking across the bottom of Clematis Falls in low flow showing that it was at least trickling on my first visit in November 2017
Clematis_Falls_049_11142017 - Returning from Clematis Falls after the rather disappointing first go at it in November 2017
Clematis_Falls_052_11152017 - Keeping left at this fork to continue on the Clematis Falls Track the very next morning after a rain storm hit the Halls Gap area in November 2017
Clematis_Falls_053_11152017 - Continuing on the gradual uphill track towards Clematis Falls on my second go at it in November 2017
Clematis_Falls_054_11152017 - I noticed this early bird while hiking the Clematis Falls Track the second time in less than 24 hours in November 2017
Clematis_Falls_056_11152017 - When I came back to Clematis Falls the following morning in November 2017, it was flowing pretty well
Clematis_Falls_059_11152017 - Angled look towards the top of Clematis Falls showing how much the underlying cliff was sloping during my second go at it in November 2017
Clematis_Falls_074_11152017 - Closer look at the Clematis Falls upon my visit for the second time in less than 24 hours in November 2017
Clematis_Falls_086_11152017 - Looking back at the slippery rock steps leading right down to the base of Clematis Falls on my second visit in November 2017
Clematis_Falls_100_11152017 - Broad look at the Clematis Falls during my second go of it in November 2017
Clematis_Falls_109_11152017 - Returning to the giant boulders near the start of the Clematis Falls Track after having my fill of the second go at Clematis Falls in less than 24 hours in November 2017
Halls_Gap_137_11152017 - When I returned to the Halls Gap Recreational Oval after my second visit to Clematis Falls in November 2017, this large group of kangaroos was still grazing in the grass

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The trailhead or car park for Clematis Falls was from the Halls Gap Recreational Oval just 150m from the C222 and C216 junction along the C222 on the north side of the road.

This junction was about 300m north of the main throughfare for the town of Halls Gap.

Clematis_Falls_001_11142017 - This was the trailhead and car park next to the Halls Gap Recreational Oval, which I believe would have been the more common start to hike to Clematis Falls
This was the trailhead and car park next to the Halls Gap Recreational Oval, which I believe would have been the more common start to hike to Clematis Falls

I also managed to start my hike from the end of Warren Rd, which was accessed another 600m north of the C222/C216 junction along the C216 (Grampians Rd).

Starting the hike from there added another 200m round trip to the overall hiking distance.

For 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.

Thoroughly checking out the falls in decent flow after one night of heavy and persistent rain when the falls was trickling before that


Bottom up sweep of the falls hours before a big rain storm

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