A short walk to one of the Grampian’s prettiest waterfalls
Beehive Falls is one of the loveliest waterfalls in the Grampians National Park (Gariwerd). Although not as big as the more famous MacKenzie's Falls, Beehive Falls has its own quiet beauty, tumbling gently down a rocky cliff face lined with lush, green plants. The pool below is calm and peaceful. It's a charming spot to sit and contemplate the natural splendour of the surrounds.
Beehive Falls, one of the Grampian's prettiest waterfalls
Beehive Falls is also a great short bushwalk to do when visiting the Grampians. Unlike many of the park's more challenging steep and rocky walks, the Beehive Falls walk is fairly flat and easy to follow. At 2.8 km return, it's an excellent option for those short on time, or those after a walk that isn't too long or arduous.
The walk to the falls is well-marked and fairly flat
The best time to see the falls is after recent rain, particularly in spring when the wildflowers are in full bloom. If you do happen to be walking the track in spring, look out for the many little orchids lining the side of the path, including Waxlip Orchid (Glossodia major), Donkey orchids (Diuris spp.) and Pink Fingers (Caladenia carnea).
There are plenty of wildflowers, including orchids, to see in spring
Also look for the spectacular display of the small white flowers of the Grampians Heath Myrtle (Thryptomene calycina), a shrub that occurs only the Grampians region – although it's now a popular plant in the cut-flower trade!
The lovely white flowers of the Grampians Heath Myrtle
To get to the walk, the Beehive Falls carpark is on Roses Gap Road, just under 10 km from the Western Highway turnoff. From the carpark, the walking track is very well-marked and leads for most of the walk through lovely heathy woodland and forest. Mud Hut Creek trickles alongside the track and can be glimpsed through the vegetation. Up ahead loom some impressive rocky outcrops.
The track heads very gently uphill, and eventually crosses a bridge over the creek. Turn off to the right and follow the rocky steps uphill. There's just a short distance to climb up before the falls come into full view.
On our visit we ate lunch and rested for a while at the base of the falls. The water plunges down into a picturesque rocky pool, lined with shrubs and ferns. Lots of plants also cover the cliff face, including ferns and grasses, many growing right underneath the waterfall itself. There are plenty of resting spots to sit on the boulders surrounding the pool.
The waterfalls are a lovely spot to sit and have lunch
It's possible to extend the walk from Beehive Falls to Briggs Bluff. This is a much longer and more difficult walk, with steep climbs. But, for those after another short and flat walk, it's just a short drive from Beehive Falls carpark to another excellent walk at nearby Heatherlie Quarry, a great spot for both history, geology, and spring wildflowers.