Hopetoun Falls is a waterfall located on the Aire River in the Great Otway National Park in Victoria. The site incorporates a viewing platform near the carpark, and 1km/30 minute return bush walk to the base of the falls.
The road into the carpark is unsealed and can be muddy and slippery, depending on weather conditions. There's also a sign at the turn-off indicating that the road is unsuitable for caravans, trucks etc. It's narrow in sections too, so it's a good idea to drive slowly in case there is traffic coming the other way.
If you're keen to do the walk down to the bottom of the falls, continue along the path, and it will veer to the right at the bottom. The path twists and turns and is quite steep and narrow in sections, which is ok on the way down, but a bit more tiring on the return leg.
The track is made up of several sections - unsealed track, steps with wooden rise and sections of wooden boardwalk with chicken wire for grip. There are metal handrails in some parts, but no seats to stop and rest.
The track also gets narrow in sections and was quite muddy and slippery when I visited, due to the recent rain.
The waterfall appears to be very popular with photographers, as I passed several people with tripods and photography equipment, so bring a camera (or your phone) to take a couple of photos.
Overall, it's an enjoyable walk and well worth doing if you're exploring the Otways. It's also just a short distance from the Redwood Forest Picnic Area, so it's well-worth making the time to visit both attractions if you're in the area.
Before you leave: Have a quick look at the Parks Victoria website to find out about any changes in conditions (eg. road closures, bush fires etc)
Parking: There is a small, unsealed carpark.
Toilets: There are no toilet facilities, however, the closest toilets are just a short drive away, at the Redwood Forest Picnic Area.
Picnic Facilities: There is a wooden picnic table near the carpark. It was fairly wet when I visited, so you might need something to sit on.
What to bring:
Sturdy Walking Shoes/Boots
Sun Hat/Sunscreen/Insect Repellant/Raincoat - depending on the weather conditions.