After a lazy day spent walking around Beechworth, we decided to take a drive out of the town to discover what was beyond the famous travel spot.
Just out of the town of Beechworth on the Wodonga Rd, you will find a turn off to the left to Chiltern. We had heard of Chiltern but had never been there, so we decided to take a drive out there and find out what it held for us! A small brown sign also told us that Woolshed Falls were 4 kms along this same road. We thought just another set of falls that may disappoint because of the lack of rain around the region.
Best view in Victoria !
We decided to stop anyway and I am so glad we did! Woolshed Falls is not just another waterfall! We were astounded at the sight that we beheld after a bit of a winding, 'where are we now', drive on a sometimes gravel road to the falls themselves. It's hard to explain the true beauty of the falls.
After parking, walk to the observation deck which offers excellent views of the entire falls that flow into the steep Woolshed Valley below over amazingly huge smooth rocks.
You can walk across the top of the falls using large stepping stones which are uncovered by water in dryer months and down beside them to the rock pools above and below and paddle in the cool clear water of the falls. Amazing experience on a very hot sticky day! Be warned though these rocks can be quite slippery and the descent to the bottom quite steep and sharp.
The falls split into smaller cascades as it descends the rocky slope from rock pool to rock pool and the view is impressive from the top looking down over the rushing waters as it flows into the tree lined steam below. It provides many great photo opportunities for those interested in the many colours and minutiae of the Australian bush.
I spent quite a while photographing all the tiny details of the falls, the different angles and effects of the sun on the water and foliage. I must say the falls are spectacular in the afternoon sun!
Woolshed Falls has toilets BBQs and picnic tables so you can extend the experience by eating lunch or a snack, maybe brought with you from the wonderful Beechworth Bakery, listening to the rushing water beside the rocks. A wonderful way to spend an afternoon, especially on a hot summer day.
In fact we spent so long just relaxing at the falls we didn't actually get to Chiltern that day!
My list of places to travel keeps getting longer. I drove between Chiltern and Wodonga recently. I didn't even know the Woolshed Falls were there. Another worthwhile deviation from the highway. And I do love waterfalls. Thank you for a great article with lovely photos.