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Day trip from Melbourne to Trentham Falls

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by Corrie Butcher (subscribe)
Writer, amateur permaculturist, backyard herbalist, improv actor and human behaviour researcher. Splitting time between Melbourne cafes and New York intentional communities.
Published January 1st 2017
Escape the city for a day of forest hikes, waterfalls and country pub grub.

Trentham Falls, Victoria
The view from behind the falls

About Trentham Falls

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.

Hiking in Trentham Falls Reserve
Hiking in Trentham Falls Reserve


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.

If you're in the mood for a cold beverage, there are three local pubs to choose from - the Plough Hotel, the Cosmopolitan, or a little further afield in Trentham East, the Pig and Whistle.

The Sensible Stuff

As always, enjoy nature but be smart. Take your litter home with you, watch out for snakes, and avoid waterways during/after significant rainfall so you're not caught up in any rockfall or flooding.

Have fun!
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Great article, Corrie - welcome to WEN!
by Elaine (score: 3|6838) 1077 days ago
A well rounded article Corrie.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7511) 1059 days ago
Great article and advice. Do you lmow if it is dog friendly for the walks and any of the pubs?
by marie25 (score: 0|6) 1075 days ago
Wow looks stunning, fantastic photos, well done
by Brooke. A. R (score: 2|405) 1078 days ago
Can't wait to go! :-)
by jstap (score: 1|32) 1073 days ago
Corrie! Great stuff! It was such a fantastic day. Nik ♡
by butch (score: 0|2) 1072 days ago
Foodi Photoh Classie
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