A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published July 31st 2012
Tramp to the Top of Steavenson Falls
If you fancy a bit of traipsing around in the bush and the reward of a fantastic view at the end, the walk to the top of Steavenson Falls in Marysville is well worth doing. Marysville is located about 90 minutes drive North-East of Melbourne and is currently being reconstructed after the tragic Black Saturday bush fires. The Falls themselves are now open 7 days a week and are located on Falls Road, only a few minutes drive from the main street in Marysville.
Park in the Falls carpark and wander up to the waterfall. You will pass by the public toilets (which were locked when we visited) and the visitor information shelter. Now you can just take in the rushing splendour of the water from the foot of the falls, but there are several other tracks leading to lookout points, or to the top of the waterfall.
The walk to the top of Steavenson Falls takes roughly half an hour depending on who's in your walking party. Since two of ours were a three year old child (the track is not buggy friendly) and a heavily pregnant woman, we didn't break any records and it took us almost 40 minutes. It was raining when we visited so the track was very muddy, but this just added to the fun for the three year old. The path zig zags back and forth as you gain height and just before you reach the top there is a flight of stone steps.
The view from the top of the Falls is well worth the climb. The water was crashing down in torrents when we arrived. Apparently Steavenson Falls are one of the tallest in Victoria, with 5 cascades and a height of 122 metres. You feel like you've climbed to the top of the world when you stand on the viewing platform and survey the scene below.
Marysville and surrounds have plenty of attractions and accommodation to offer and their proximity to Melbourne makes the area a good choice for a weekend away from the city. For more information on things to do there, go to the Marysville tourism website.
Thank you for the article - we have made a point to go to Marysville fairly regularly; and the falls are one of our favourite spots. With the lolly store opening it's 'permanent' doors again; and the delicious pizzas at the cafe next to the foodstore in Marysville Central shops - it's a lovely place to spend a day or two!