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Wombelano Falls

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by Lyndsey V (subscribe)
I'm an ecologist and writer based in Melbourne, Australia. Also visit me at www.instagram.com/victoriafloraandfauna
Published July 5th 2018
Waterfall watching near Kinglake
Wombelano Falls is a picturesque waterfall cascading down rocks among tree ferns and tall forest. Located a short drive from Kinglake, the viewing platform for the waterfall can be reached along a 1.5 km circuit walking track that traverses through scenic forest.

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Wombelano Falls in the distance


From Kinglake, it takes about 15-20 minutes to drive to the falls. The carpark is located on Captains Creek Road, which is dirt and has a number of rather large potholes. A sedate pace is advised along here.

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Start of the walk


The start of the walk descends down the hill through the forest, with several steep sections. Be careful after wet weather as the track can become muddy and slippery – good walking shoes are recommended. The forest is home to large old trees, tree ferns and a diverse shrubby understorey. In winter look out for the interesting and colourful fungi along the side of the track, and in spring there are lots of wildflowers to see. Keep your ears and eyes open for birds, and if you are lucky you might even spot a lyrebird.

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Interesting fungi on the side of the track


Eventually the track reaches a junction. The turnoff to the right leads down to the waterfall, while continuing around to the left will complete the circuit back to the carpark.

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The track down to the viewing platform


From the junction, the track continues 250 metres further down the hill and is steep in places. At the bottom, the waterfall can be seen in the distance through the trees, where it cascades around 90 metres down into the gully. Wombelano Falls is most spectacular after heavy rain.

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Glimpsing the waterfall through the trees


To get back to the carpark, head back up to the junction and then turn right. The track winds its way back up the slope along a different route through the forest.

The surrounding forest is regenerating after the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires that affected the region. The Wombelano Falls walk was reopened in 2012 after the track was reconstructed by Parks Victoria. As it is in the Kinglake National Park, no dogs are allowed.

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Why? Walk to see a waterfall
When: Any time
Phone: 131963 (Parks Victoria)
Where: Kinglake National Park
Cost: Free
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