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MacKenzie Falls

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Published May 5th 2016
One of the best in Victoria
Located in the heart of the Grampians, the Mackenzie Falls are regarded as one of the largest and most popular waterfalls in Victoria, and it is easy to see why.

MacKenzie Falls, Grampians, Halls Gap, Wonderland Loop, Waterfalls, Lookouts
MacKenzie Falls - Steve Hudson


A fully bitumenised road from Halls Gap leads to a large car park and picnic ground at the top of the Falls. Sadly fire damage a couple of years ago has destroyed some of the shelter and shadow provided by trees, but plans are in place to restore the ambience of this setting as soon as possible.

MacKenzie Falls, Grampians, Halls Gap, Wonderland Loop, Waterfalls, Lookouts
Welcome signage - Steve Hudson

MacKenzie Falls, Grampians, Halls Gap, Wonderland Loop, Waterfalls, Lookouts
Friendly locals - Steve Hudson


There are two main walks from the car park for the best view of the falls. For those looking for an overall view of three main parts of the Falls and for splendid panoramic views of the Grampians, the MacKenzie Falls Lookout provides sweeping views of MacKenzie Falls and the MacKenzie River from high above the gorge. The lookout provides the only opportunity to capture the multiple cascades of the MacKenzie River as it flows through the gorge, including a wonderful view of MacKenzie Falls. The lookout is accessed via a gently undulating, sealed walking track that wanders through a sheltered woodland. It is suitable for wheelchairs.

MacKenzie Falls, Grampians, Halls Gap, Wonderland Loop, Waterfalls, Lookouts
Signage - Steve Hudson


Alternatively, or in addition, the walk to the bottom of the falls gives an opportunity to see the falls in all their glory. The path is sealed and signposted as it heads past a series of mini-lookouts. However the path has many steps and is steep, slippery and strenuous in sections so is unsuitable for strollers and wheelchairs.

MacKenzie Falls, Grampians, Halls Gap, Wonderland Loop, Waterfalls, Lookouts
Walking Path - Steve Hudson


Halfway down the climb, the path comes to Cranages Lookout which looks out and across the upper falls with some spectacular and close views of the water as it cascades through a series of rocks on its way downhill.

MacKenzie Falls, Grampians, Halls Gap, Wonderland Loop, Waterfalls, Lookouts
Top of Falls - Steve Hudson


Further downhill and at the bottom of the climb, the large and mighty MacKenzie Falls are visible in all their glory as they fall in to a large pond that gathers the water and diffuses the flow. A small 'beach' lies across from the falls which provides a great place for photos amongst those who are picnicking or working on their tan.

MacKenzie Falls, Grampians, Halls Gap, Wonderland Loop, Waterfalls, Lookouts
MacKenzie Falls - Steve Hudson
MacKenzie Falls, Grampians, Halls Gap, Wonderland Loop, Waterfalls, Lookouts
Mesmerising - Steve Hudson


And for those looking for more, a smaller path leads its way along the lower reaches of the MacKenzie River for another 200m past a number of smaller falls known as the Lower Falls. While not as spectacular as the main falls or as fast flowing of the upper falls, the lower falls are a great opportunity to take off the shoes and dip the toes in the crystal clear (and cool) water.

MacKenzie Falls, Grampians, Halls Gap, Wonderland Loop, Waterfalls, Lookouts
Lower Falls - Steve Hudson


Due to regular rainfall, MacKenzie Falls is the only all-year-round flowing waterway in the entire region with many visitors to the Grampians often visiting this waterfall and enjoy picnicking, strolling through the grounds as well as various water activities. Public amenities include carpark areas and picnic grounds with tables and outdoor BBQ facilities at some areas.
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Why? Best waterfalls in Victoria
When: All year round
Where: MacKenzie Falls, Grampians
Cost: Free
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The statement "Due to regular rainfall, MacKenzie Falls is the only all-year-round flowing waterway in the entire region" is not correct. The rainfall upstream of MacKenzie Falls is the same as that affecting other waterfalls in the Grampians. For the real reason why the falls flow all year round, see the section on "best time of year to visit" athttp://waterfallseasons.com/waterfalls-in-victoria-mackenzie-falls-grampians.htm. PS - Good to see the falls gradually recovering after the fires and particularly liked your photo of people sitting next to the lower falls.
by Brad Neal (score: 1|75) 1257 days ago
Just awesome aren't they. The Grampians are a great place to visit.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7224) 1254 days ago
Great photos Steve! We were here in April and agree that they're spectacular and well worth the effort to see and hear these falls.
by barbc (score: 1|65) 1260 days ago
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