Trentham Falls is the longest single-drop waterfall in Victoria. At 32 metres high, it's not a giant by world standards, but its cliffs and caves are beautiful in any season. It's only an hour's drive from Melbourne and it's relatively unknown, so you won't have to fight the crowds for a good view.
Once you turn into Trentham Falls Reserve, park for free and walk down to the viewing platform. It's a good spot to check out the full landscape and snap a few photos. If you're happy to enjoy the falls from up here, you can set up for lunch at the picnic tables near the entrance. Otherwise, stick around and explore more of the reserve.
There are bathrooms and picnic tables at the carpark.
The trails around Trentham Falls take you through a forest of native herbs, gum trees and birdsong. The closest trail is on the way back up to the carpark - turn left at the fork and head down the other side of the hill to Coliban Creek. The walk has a gentle incline and takes about ten minutes in each direction.
Trentham is a classic gold rush era town. Its small main street has a bakery, country pubs, boutiques, galleries and a park with a pond and rotunda. Call in on your way home for a potter around.
If you're already missing Melbourne coffee, head over to Trentham Collective. Their baristas will sort you out with a quality brew and they offer nut milk options for those of us who don't do dairy. Their menu also includes brunch, lunch, baked goods and hipster hotties like matcha and golden lattes.