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Published October 10th 2014
Why not enjoy a quiet picnic and a short walk to the falls
Mount Macedon is well known for its exquisite private gardens and War Memorial Cross Reserve but have you ever visited Stanley Park reserve and waterfall?
I must admit I didn't know it even existed until I was searching for a park or playground at Mt Macedon to meet friends for a picnic lunch and stumbled upon it thanks to Google. It seems Stanley Park is a favourite among the locals.
From the outlook approaching it looks like any other small park. There's the wooden post and rail entrance, a dirt car park, a little playground, a rotunda with BBQ, picnic tables, large lawn play space/picnic area, plenty of shade trees, both native and deciduous trees, a tennis court, a toilet block which is about 200 metres from the picnic area and of course there's the waterfall.
A wooden viewing platform is visible from the car park, this gives you an overview of the waterfall but the view is much better from the bottom. To get to the bottom of the falls follow the stairs down approximately 200 metres and turn left to the base. It's a very easy short walk and it would be difficult to get lost.
Down by the river it is lush, cool and has a variety of native grasses surrounding the banks. There has clearly been a lot of re-vegetation work carried out recently with many new plants protected by green plastic guards.
Looking up you will see the water from Turitable creek cascading over a rocky ledge into the valley. It's quite a pretty little waterfall and the fact that it's so accessible is part of its appeal to locals and visitors alike. In fact the waterfall along with Mount Macedon has been a popular spot for people escaping the summer heat of Melbourne since the 1860's and Stanley Park was formerly known as Waterfalls Paddock until becoming public property and named after Sir Arthur Stanley, Governor General of Victoria 1914 - 1920. On the 19th of July 1919 peace celebrations were held here to mark the end of World War 1.
As you can see the park has had a rich history and is worth a visit if you are visiting the area.