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Lorne Walks & Waterfalls

The Great Otway National Park is a spectacular area of native forest, and there are plenty of opportunities to get closer to nature with walking tracks and trails in the area, many leading to spectacular crashing waterfalls.

There are seven waterfalls within the bushland surrounding Lorne, with different accessibility levels – some are a quick ten minute stroll from the carpark, others are a more strenuous rainforest hike rewarded with the majestic roar of a waterfall.


CORA LYNN CASCADES

Car park options:
- Blanket Leaf picnic ground carpark (4 km return walk to the falls)
- Cora Lynn Cascades carpark (7 km return walk to the falls)
- Allenvale Mill carpark (8 km return walk to the falls)

Walking track information:
- Start: Blanket Leaf picnic ground, off Erskine Falls Road
- Finish: Allenvale Mill car park
- Distance: 4 km return to Cora Lynn cascades, 12 km return to
Allenvale Mill
- Duration: 2 hours to Cora Lynn cascades, 5 1/2 hours to Allenvale Mill
- Difficulty: Moderate (to Cora Lynn cascades), Strenuous (to Allenvale Mill)

Details:
The Cora Lynn Cascades walk passes through fern gullies and rocky gorges to Cora Lynn Cascades (about 2 km from the picnic area). The next section (from the Cascades to the Cora Lynn carpark) is only for experienced walkers. From the carpark the track continues on to Phantom Falls to Allenvale Road. From here you can walk east along Allenvale Road then turn left onto the Green Break Track which joins up with Erskine Falls Road which leads back to the picnic area. Another option is to follow Saint George River from the Allenvale Mill site to the coast.


ERSKINE FALLS & STRAW FALLS

Car park options:
- Erskine Falls car park (300m return walk to falls 1st lookout, 700 m to 2nd lookout)

Walking track information (Erskine River Track):
- Start: Erskine Falls car park
- Finish: Lorne
- Distance: 7.5 km one way
- Duration: 3 hours
- Difficulty: Strenuous

Details:
Erskine Falls is a short drive out of Lorne on appropriately named Erskine Falls Road. It is one of the most popular falls in the Otways and easily accessible. A five-minute walk from the car park brings you to a lookout of the falls, cascading 30 metres into a beautiful tree fern gullyYou also can take steps down to the Erskine River to view the falls from below. . Straw Falls are a 15m cascade on the Erskine River and are a further 400m downstreams of Erskine Falls. Experienced walkers can follow the river from Erksine Falls to Lorne. The 7.5km one-way walk takes about three hours and passes Straw Falls and Splitter Falls. It should not be attempted when water levels are high.


HENDERSON FALLS, THE CANYON & PHANTOM FALLS

Car park options:
- Sheoak Creek Picnic area carpark, along Allenvale Rd (21/2 hours return walk to Phantom Falls)
- Allenvale Mill site, on Allenvale Road (90 minute return walk to Phantom Falls)

Walking track information:
- Start: Sheoak Creek Picnic area carpark
- Finish: Sheoak Creek Picnic area carpark
- Distance: 6.5 km return
- Duration: 21/2 hours
- Difficulty: Strenuous

Details:
Henderson Falls, the Canyon and Phantom Falls are reached from the Sheoak Creek Picnic area, along Allenvale Rd. There are barbecue facilities, toilets, picnic tables, fireplaces and drinking water. From the Canyon, you can return to Sheoak picnic area by the same track or continue on to Phantom Falls and then down to the Allenvale Mill carpark and along Allenvale Rd back to the Sheoak picnic area. On the way is also Won Wondha Falls. Henderson Falls is about 8 to10 meters, Panthom Falls about 15 meters high. The total distance of this circuit is around 9 km.


KALIMNA FALLS (UPPER & LOWER FALLS)

Car park options:
- Sheoak picnic area carpark (2.5 hours walk to Lower Falls, 31/2 hours to Upper Falls)

Walking track information:
- Start: Sheoak picnic area carpark
- Finish: Sheoak picnic area carpark
- Distance: Lower Falls – 6.5 km; Upper Falls – 8.5 km
- Duration: Lower Falls – 21/2 hours: Upper Falls – 31/2 hours
- Difficulty: Easy

Details: The Sheoak picnic area, is a 4km drive from Lorne. The Kalimna falls are fringed by tall rainforest trees and dense tree ferns. The Lower Falls are not large, but you can get behind them and look out through the falling water to the large pool surrounded by mossy logs and rocks. The Upper Falls are a series of cascades viewed from a platform. The walk follows the route of an old tramway and some of the old sleepers can still be seen. The return walk to the picnic area can be made along Garvey track.


SHEOAK FALLS
Car park options:
- Sheoak picnic area carpark (10 minutes walk to Sheoak Falls)

Walking track information:
- Start: Sheoak picnic area carpark
- Finish: Sheoak picnic area carpark
- Distance: 7 km return • Duration: 3 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate

Details:
Head south-east from the Sheoak Picnic Area along Sheoak Creek to Swallow Cave (where swallows nest in the rock crevices in spring) and on for another 400 m to the 15-metre Sheoak Falls (this section of the walk should not be attempted when water levels are high). While not falling for a great distance, the water passes over a dark rock face within a natural amphitheatre, making for spectacular viewing. Return a very short distance towards Swallow Cave then branch off to the left along the Sheoak/Castle Rock Track. After about 1.3 km there is a track junction. Turn left to Castle Rock where there is a lookout then return to the junction. Keep to the left, following the Sheoak Track north to Garveys Track which leads back to the Picnic Area.


CUMBERLAND FALLS
Car park options:
- Picnic area carpark at the mouth of the Cumberland River (3 hours walk return)
- Sheoak picnic area carpark

Walking track information:
- Start: Picnic area carpark at the mouth of the Cumberland River
- Finish: Picnic area carpark at the mouth of the Cumberland River
- Distance: 9 km return
- Duration: 4.5 hours
- Difficulty: Strenuous

Details:
About 6 km south of Lorne along the Great Ocean Road is a picnic area at the mouth of the Cumberland River. You can take the Cumberland Falls Walk by following the river for about 3 km past some excellent clifftop scenery to the Cumberland Cascades (not to be attempted when the river level is high). Return the way you came for nearly 1 km but then take the track on the left which follows a ridge north to Garveys Track. Turn right onto the latter but turn right again almost immediately onto the Sheoak Track to Castle Rock. From Castle Rock return along the track for a couple of hundred metres to the track junction and turn right. The track leads to Sheoak Falls then on to the Great Ocean Road carpark which can be followed back to the Cumberland River Reserve.


CURRAWONG FALLS (AIREYS INLET)

Car park options:
- Lower carpark, Distillery Creek picnic area (near Aireys Inlet)

Walking track information:
- Start: Distillery Creek picnic area carpark
- Finish: Distillery Creek picnic area carpark
- Distance: 12 km return
- Duration: 4 hours
- Difficulty: Strenuous

Details:
The Currawong Falls are at their best in the winter and spring and the site offers fine views of the surrounding countryside. The walk reveals a fascinating range of habitats: ironbark and other eucalypt forests, melaleuca swamps, fern gullies, sheoak stands on high ridges with panoramic views, and steep-sided gorges.

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