Turns out that it's a really delightful spot to visit. Very easy to get to, well signposted, a paved walking path, lots of room for carparking and a grassed picnic area with several tables dotted about. Overall - a really nice spot to spend some time when visiting the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Hindmarsh Falls is a very short drive from Victor Harbor; it's approximately 10kms north, heading back towards Mt Compass on the Adelaide Road.
The viewing platform is an easy 300 metre walk along the paved path through beautiful native bushland. It can be a little steep in parts and therefore (in my opinion) is not recommended for prams and wheelchairs, but it is quite easily navigated, especially with the use of the handrails and steps that are made available.
The path leading through the bushland is a popular spot for the local birds too. There are many of them in the area. On our visit we saw (and heard) Fairy Wrens, Wedge Tailed Eagles, New Holland Honey-eaters, thrushes and a few others.
When we got out of the car, all we could hear were birds and the thunder of water. It had been raining heavily in the days leading up to our visit; our timing was perfect - we got to see the falls in all their glory.
Hindmarsh Falls is a cascading waterfall tumbling about a height of between 20 to 25 metres. Naturally the falls are at their best in winter and especially after heavy rain in the area. As a photographer I found it a little difficult to get a clear shot of the whole waterfall due to the bush between the path and the falls. But, there were some gaps in the bush and I managed to get a few shots. At the end of the trail, at the main viewing platform, it looks as though there used to be further access towards the base of the falls, but the fence now prevents access beyond the overlook. Perhaps it's unsafe to go further? Not sure, but we stayed to the designated path, just to be sure.
We stopped for a bit of morning tea in the lower picnic area and thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the area. The only thing lacking was a public toilet. There were none at all in the whole park, none for many kilometres. Most likely the closest one would be in Victor Harbor. I felt it was quite an oversight for such a lovely family picnic spot, so my suggestion to visitors is to pack a roll of toilet paper in your picnic bag as well.
Take the Adelaide Road out of Victor Harbor Turn left at the turn off for Myponga onto Hindmarsh Tiers Rd Follow Hindmarsh Tiers Rd until you reach Hindmarsh Falls Rd
Turn left and follow the road for about 1km
- The picnic area there has picnic tables for your enjoyment
- When you reach the picnic area, follow the road up to your left
- Park your vehicle at the carpark
- The concrete path leads you to the Falls viewing area