Waterfalls and gold rushes, in the middle of Wombat Forrest
It was a sunny Summer's Sunday afternoon and we were looking for something different to do. Living by the beach, going for a road trip to a waterfall seemed like a fun, unique way to fill in the afternoon.
After a bit of research we decided to make the trip to Trentham Falls, Victoria's highest single drop waterfall at 32 metres tall. Located in the Wombat State Forest, roughly 70km northeast of Ballarat and 100km northwest of Melbourne, Trentham Falls turned out to be a great spot for a picnic.
The falls were formed over five million years ago from molten lava cooling rapidly along the river. Visitors can access the falls by car and just a short 70 metre walk to viewing platforms and picnic tables, making it very accessible to those who may have younger kids and even the disabled.
Although the falls were flowing, as it was summer during our visit and there has been a period of little to no rain, the waterfall was not as steadily flowing as it can be during the winter months. Nevertheless it was still a spectacular sight and a serene location for an adventure with the family.
Trentham's town website provides further information regarding the town, the falls and other local attractions and provides directions to the falls; "To get there, take Falls Road (the continuation of High Street) from the town centre past the football ground and Golf Club. Turn right at the T-intersection at the Daylesford road, and then left at the sign some 100 metres up the road."
Other nearby attractions include Hepburn Springs, Daylesford and even Sovereign Hill in Ballarat if you want to make a whole day out of the trip!