Kalymna Falls

Grampians National Park (Gariwerd) / Mt William / Pomonal / Moyston, Victoria, Australia

About Kalymna Falls


Hiking Distance: 3km round trip
Suggested Time: 75-90 minutes

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

Waterfall Latitude: -37.31934
Waterfall Longitude: 142.60665

Kalymna Falls was one of those waterfalls that had eluded us over the years.

The first time we attempted to come here in November 2006, there was a total fire ban so there was a gate blocking access to its trailhead.

Kalymna_Falls_048_11152017 - Kalymna Falls
Kalymna Falls

On a subsequent visit 11 years later, we only considered coming here when we saw that a fairly heavy rain storm revived many of the “minor” waterfalls in the Grampians National Park.

By the way, by “minor” waterfalls, I’m basically talking about those with temporary flows of a few weeks or less between significant rains.

Indeed, I considered this 20-25m segmented waterfall in that “minor” category, and this was further corroborated when we finally did get to have a successful visit and observe its slender segmented appearance as you can see in the photo above.

Compared with most of the waterfalls in the Grampians National Park, this one felt like it was the most out-of-the-way.

Kalymna_Falls_020_11152017 - Mt Williams appeared to be shrouded over in clouds during our visit to Kalymna Falls
Mt Williams appeared to be shrouded over in clouds during our visit to Kalymna Falls

That’s because it required leaving the park boundaries then re-entering from the east via the route to Mt Williams (see directions below).

Thus, this excursion had that wilderness feeling that we really were far from the most touristed spots in the reserve.

Perhaps the hardest part of this excursion was driving here after being led astray by our GPS on several occasions due to the maze of backroads in the Eastern Grampians.

Hiking to Kalymna Falls

The 3km return hike, which was somewhat moderately uphill on the way there, took us about 75 minutes to complete.

Kalymna_Falls_011_11152017 - Approaching a fork in the track, where we kept left to start climbing uphill in the direction of Kalymna Falls
Approaching a fork in the track, where we kept left to start climbing uphill in the direction of Kalymna Falls

From the Mt William Picnic Ground and Kalymna Falls Campground, we crossed an overflowing section of Mt William Creek.

This crossing was a fairly tame rock hop before getting onto the former 4wd track that would comprise most of the hike to the falls.

After a fairly flat and mostly gradual ascent for the first 500m, we encountered a signed fork.

We had to keep left on the 4wd track to continue to the falls.

Kalymna_Falls_021_11152017 - An encouraging sign for Kalymna Falls letting us know that all the climbing that we did to this point was hopefully going to pay off soon
An encouraging sign for Kalymna Falls letting us know that all the climbing that we did to this point was hopefully going to pay off soon

Beyond this sign, the track climbed more steeply and somewhat relentlessly for the next 700m or so, and this stretch was the most time consuming.

Throughout the hike, we saw dark trees that had obviously been part of a bush fire or two.

Beneath these trees were ferns and new sproutlings that would undoubtedly take their place as the main forest vegetation in the years to come.

The track continued its climb as the imposing knob of Mt William became more into view even despite the low hanging rain clouds that still lingered in the area during our visit.

Kalymna_Falls_056_11152017 - Julie arriving at the base of Kalymna Falls
Julie arriving at the base of Kalymna Falls

After about 1.3km from the car park, we then followed a signposted spur track to our right.

It descended a narrower and more overgrown path right down to the base of the Kalymna Falls and its reddish cliffs.

This was our turnaround point, and after all the uphill climbing it took to get here, Julie and I looked forward to riding the momentum of the mostly downhill track on the return to the car park.

We didn’t continue up to the peak of Mt William, which was closed anyways during our visit.

Authorities

Kalymna 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.

Kalymna_Falls_005_11152017 - The Kalymna Falls Track started behind this gate, where there was a short rocky stream crossing immediately behind it
Kalymna_Falls_008_11152017 - Shortly after the short overflowing stream crossing, we noticed this water tank en route to Kalymna Falls during our November 2017 visit
Kalymna_Falls_009_11152017 - Now on the hiking track to Kalymna Falls, which appeared to be a former 4wd road
Kalymna_Falls_014_11152017 - Julie hiking beyond the signed fork, where the next 750m or so was mostly uphill en route to Kalymna Falls
Kalymna_Falls_017_11152017 - The uphill climb to Kalymna Falls was somewhat moderate in grade but it consumed most of the time we spent on this excursion
Kalymna_Falls_018_11152017 - With so much peace and quiet in this more remote part of the Grampians, we couldn't help but notice birdsongs breaking the silence of the forest. This green bird was one such character breaking the silence while hiking to Kalymna Falls in November 2017
Kalymna_Falls_019_11152017 - Continuing on the uphill hike towards Kalymna Falls in November 2017
Kalymna_Falls_024_11152017 - The final leg of the Kalymna Falls hike was considerably narrower and more overgrown than hiking on the 4wd track
Kalymna_Falls_025_11152017 - Finally arriving at the Kalymna Falls during our November 2017 visit
Kalymna_Falls_029_11152017 - Looking up from the base of Kalymna Falls in November 2017
Kalymna_Falls_037_11152017 - Another look up at Kalymna Falls from its base in November 2017
Kalymna_Falls_060_11152017 - After having our fill of Kalymna Falls in November 2017, we made the return hike to the car park, which was pretty much all downhill
Kalymna_Falls_005_jx_11122006 - Just to give you an idea of how it was like when we first tried to go to Kalymna Falls in November 2006, here was the signed turnoff leading to the final leg towards the trailhead
Kalymna_Falls_006_jx_11122006 - Following an eerily-lined series of burnt trees flanking the road to the Kalymna Falls Trailhead during our November 2006 attempted visit
Kalymna_Falls_008_jx_11122006 - Driving past some fuzzy-looking trees on the road leading to the Kalymna Falls Trailhead in November 2006
Kalymna_Falls_010_jx_11122006 - Still more bushy trees with blackened bark flanking the road to the Kalymna Falls Trailhead
Kalymna_Falls_013_jx_11122006 - Looking at some road signs at an intersection near a closure gate that prevented us from making it all the way to the Kalymna Falls Trailhead in November 2006

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To save you from the trouble of fighting with the GPS (which we had to contend with on our visit) in reaching Kalymna Falls from Halls Gap, Stawell, or Ararat, I’m going to describe the easiest route even though it may not be the shortest distance-wise.

The key is to first reach the town of Moyston along the C222 Road.

From Halls Gap, we would follow the C222 for about 33km to the east to get to Moyston.

Kalymna_Falls_001_11152017 - The car park for the Mt Williams Picnic Area as well as the Kalymna Falls Trailhead
The car park for the Mt Williams Picnic Area as well as the Kalymna Falls Trailhead

From Ararat, it would be a little over 15km to the west of town along the C222.

From Stawell, it’s probably easiest to take the A8 southeast to Ararat, then follow the C222 to Moyston.

From Moyston, we’d then follow the Moyston-Dunkeld Road to the west-southwest for about 10km.

Then, we’d follow the Kalymna Falls Campground sign, which pointed us to the right to go onto the Mt William Picnic Ground Road.

After about 3km, there was a four-way intersection where the route to the falls continued straight on.

Kalymna_Falls_014_jx_11122006 - The gate blocking further progress to the Mt William Picnic Ground and Kalymna Falls Campground when we first showed up in November 2006 and there was a total fire ban
The gate blocking further progress to the Mt William Picnic Ground and Kalymna Falls Campground when we first showed up in November 2006 and there was a total fire ban

There was also a gate there that was closed on our first visit due to a total fire ban.

That would be something worth inquiring about at the Halls Gap Visitor Centre to save you the trouble of driving here only to be turned back by the closure.

After another 2.5km beyond the four-way intersection, the road (which became increasingly rougher and more rutted) ended at the Kalymna Falls Campground or the Mt William Picnic Ground.

Just to give you an idea of how much better the route we’re describe above was, our frustrating detour took us about 45 minutes from Halls Gap via a confusing and unsigned detour that went directly south from Pomonal.

Kalymna_Falls_066_11152017 - Looking back at some of the parking spaces at the Kalymna Falls Trailhead
Looking back at some of the parking spaces at the Kalymna Falls Trailhead

Indeed, we could have saved ourselves a bit of wear and tear on the rental car and perhaps shaved off another 10 minutes by taking the slightly longer way we’re recommending above.

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.

Checking out the falls from a short distance before approaching its base and examining its drop from close up

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