Cora Lynn Falls was kind of a throw-in waterfall during our visit to Marysville and the nearby Steavenson Falls. We figured why not make the out-and-back detour to check out this waterfall before heading to Melbourne? As you can see from the photo above, the waterfall itself wasn’t reason enough to make the detour (though it was sufficient to draw us), but it was the other aspects regarding the journey that made it worthwhile as the falls was nestled in the old growth forests of the Yarra Ranges National Park. Even the mountainous drive to get to the trailhead kept us on our toes not only because of the winding and narrow road, but also because there were motor bikers whizzing on these roads with many blind turns.
We took the Cumberland Walk to get to the Cora Lynn Falls, and this walk was surrounded by many ferns, moss-covered tall trees, and was pretty quiet (aside from the odd motor bike whizzing by). Such foliage suggested that this area tended to get lots of rain, but most of them were brownish as they were undoubtedly affected by the drought.
Nonetheless, the further into the track we walked, the greater the serenity and naturesque feel. It was a fairly short walk to get to this waterfall (on the order of 20 minutes) with some minor elevation loss and gain. The signposted lookout was lush though the foliage blocked quite a bit of the falls so the falls looked smaller than it really was. We could’ve extended our stay here by continuing the walk to Cumberland Falls (another 4km away), but given the light flow of Cora Lynn Falls, we passed. There were also Keppel Falls and Phantom Falls nearby, but we were so cognizant of the drought that we didn’t bother with those either.
From Marysville starting at the roundabout of Pack Rd, Marysville Rd, and Woods Point Rd, take Woods Point Rd (on the north side of Steavenson River) for about 15km. Woods Point Rd was narrow and winding, and we definitely had to watch out for the bikers as there were lots of blind turns and their rate of speed made it easy to hit them if not careful and driving defensively.
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