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La La Falls

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published April 28th 2013
One of the best short walks in Australia
La La Falls

For a nice short walk La La Falls would have to be up there with the best in Australia, for spectacular scenery of temperate rain forest.

tall tree ferns

You will find La La Falls in Warburton, a 2 km drive from the shops, through residential streets. The falls are well signposted on the roads leading to the car park so there is no need to worry about getting lost.

The walk begins from the gravel car park and there are plenty of information signs on the history of the area and the discovery of La La Falls.

the sign at the beginning

The start of the walk is very prominent with a bright orange sign that signals the length, time and difficulty of the walk. It states 3.2 km return on a steep track. I wouldn't say this walk is difficult or particularly steep but depending on your own ability this could be more difficult but there are plenty of rest areas with seats along the track that take in the view.

Our 5 year old son walked the entire way, he did complain he was tiered on the way up but subsequently ran the entire length back. So I would say this is a suitable family walk, we took the pram and it was a little difficult towards the top and getting over a couple of big trees on the track was interesting, so I would say best not to take a pram.

cute little mushrooms

orange coral like fungus

You will walk through lush rain forest following the creek all the way to the waterfall. The sounds of babbling water skimming over river pebbles and birds flitting from one fern to another is the sounds you will hear, maybe on a windy day you could hear wind whistling in the tall tree tops, but below in the ferns it's very sheltered.

Waterfall viewing platform

This walk is like something I would expect a fairy tale to be based on with tiny little mushrooms and many different coloured fungus, 3 cobble stone bridges and brightly coloured birds. The kids will really get their imaginations going as did I. It's no wonder there are so many artists and writers in Warburton with so much inspiration from nature.

one of the stone bridges

The falls themselves are not massive but it's very pretty, there are various opinions on to how tall the falls are but I couldn't find an accurate measurement as it fluctuated between 130 to 190 metres and more on different sites.

This walk would be enjoyable all year round, but I think autumn and winter would be the best, that's just a personal thing. I know many don't like walking in the cold but for me, I really enjoy the different seasons and elements it brings to the adventure. It will be cold and slippery but the smell of wood fires burning from nearby houses and the thought of going back to a cafe and sitting in front of a roaring fire with hot chocolate in hand is the perfect ending to a great walk.

fungus on tree

Warburton is a 72km drive from Melbourne and is a nice length for a day trip.

Walking track

a fern covered in a type of moss
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Why? For great scenery
When: All year round
Where: 25 Irruka Rd, Warburton
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Great details and photos Lorraine, very helpful. Our family holidayed in Warburton many times when I was a child - many memories of happy times in a place called Green Acres or something. Your article inspires me to return. Thanks
by tim.p (score: 0|9) 3697 days ago
Thanks for the suggestion. We went today and it was a lovely walk.
by barbc (score: 1|88) 3409 days ago
Thank you Lorraine, this day out sounds lovely! I really look forward to taking this walk.
by e_law (score: 2|460) 2471 days ago
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