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Cora Lynn Cascades Bush Walk

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by KJ (subscribe)
Published May 27th 2017
A beautiful waterfall walk located just minutes from Lorne

The Cora Lynn Cascades Bush Walk is a beautiful rainforest walk located in the Great Otway National Park, about 8 minutes' drive from Lorne's main road.

The starting point is Blanket Leaf Picnic Area, which has a range of facilities, including parking, toilets and picnic tables. The track is 2km long, takes about 45 minutes each way, and is classed as moderate.

The start of the track is clearly signposted, and at the first junction, there are signs to ensure you stay on the right track.

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The track to Erskine Falls and Lemonade Creek veers off to the right

There are also signs that warn of muddy and slippery track conditions, falling trees and snakes (fortunately I didn't experience the latter two).

The track is fairly easy to start with, as it is wide and follows a gentle slope, however it does get quite steep and narrow in sections, and there were also a lot of muddy sections.

Despite the muddy, slippery sections, I found the track to be well-maintained (ie. it was clear, with no fallen trees or overgrown plants) and gravel had been laid in the first section of the track, to make it less slippery.

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From left: A section of the track with gravel; A muddy section of the track; Another section that was fairly dry and stable.

After the initial gravel track, the walk continues downhill, through dense bush, combined with more open areas, and there are two creek crossings.

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There are two bridges on the track

Towards the end, the track gets a bit narrower, and there are some steps leading down to a short wooden walkway with a rail, which leads to the cascades. The cascades are fairly small, but they are really pretty and well worth the walk.

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At the end of the track, there are steps leading to a wooden walkway, which leads to the waterfall.

Overall, it's a beautiful walk. There are some incredibly tall trees, combined with ferns, shrubs, and a wide variety of fungi.

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Some of the different types of fungi on the Cora Lynn Cascades bush walk

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Cora Lynn Cascades

Recommendation: Overall, I'd highly recommend it to those who enjoy forest walks that are fairly short, but a bit more challenging than a flat track, and/or those who are travelling the Great Ocean Road and looking for something to do while in Lorne.

It's also a nice place for those who are interested in fungi, or who enjoy photography.

I wouldn't recommend it for those who may be unsteady on their feet, due to the steep and slippery sections and lack of hand rails.

What to bring:

Good walking shoes with decent grip,
Water (there is no drinking water available at Blanket Leaf Picnic Area)
Hat, sunscreen, insect repellant in the warmer months
A camera or phone to take photos
A fungi identification book, if you're interested in fungi
Warm clothing as it can get quite cold during the cooler months

Extra Information:

How to get there: The walk starting point (Blanket Leaf Picnic Area) is located 73km from Geelong, and takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes by car.

If you plan to take the coastal route, you can either head towards Torquay or Bellbrae, then take the Great Ocean Road all the way to Lorne. Once you cross the river in Lorne, turn right onto Otway Street, then right again onto Williams Street. Williams Street will turn into Erskine Falls Road; Continue along Erskine Falls Road for approximately 4.5km, until you reach Blanket Leaf Picnic Area (it's on the left-hand side, and is signposted).

Please note: I used google maps for directions, and it advised me that I'd arrived slightly before I actually reached the destination, so if that happens to you, keep going - it should be just around the corner.

Toilets: There are long-drop toilets located near the car park (1x male toilet, 1x female toilet, and 1x disabled toilet). The toilets were clean, stocked with toilet paper and well-maintained, with minimal odour.

There is a rainwater tank located next to it for hand washing.

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The toilet facilities at Blanket Leaf Picnic Area

Picnic Facilities: There are wooden picnic tables and chairs near the car park. A couple of them are located under a shelter, and the rest out in the open.

Rubbish Bins? There are no rubbish bins, so you'll need to take any rubbish with you.

Dogs Permitted? No

Parking: There is free car parking available in a car park at the start of the walk.

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Why? To explore the beautiful Otways
When: Any time, however it's a good idea to check the Parks Victoria website for any 'Change of Condition' notices before heading there.
Where: Blanket Leaf Picnic Area, Erskine Falls Road, Lorne, VIC
Cost: Free
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