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  • Length: 23km

  • Duration: 6-7hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Allenvale Mill Campground Carpark

  • End: Allenvale Mill Campground Carpark

  • Closest Town: Lorne (2km)

  • Location: Great Otway National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 140km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -38.5488233242

  • Longitude: 143.958520777

Erskine Falls Circuit is a 23km, grade 4 Circuit hike located in Great Otway National Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 6-7hrs to complete.

Summary

This Erskine Falls Circuit hike takes in the well-known Erskine Falls in addition to a few other falls in the area. It is a fairly long hike but very enjoyable and well worth doing hike. The scenic value is high.

Starting at the Allenvale Mill carpark, cross the road and follow the signposted trail to Phantom Falls. Initially the trail crosses a bridge then passes through an orchard, then follows the Saint George River. Soon you will pass a turnoff to the Canyon Walk on your left. Disregard this and continue along to the path down to the Phantom Falls on your right. After you’ve admired the falls, head downstream to the bridge. Take this across the river.

The trail crosses the Cora Lynn Creek numerous times for the next few kilometres to arrive at the Cora Lyn cascades. Once you’ve viewed these, head back along the trail. After a km you’ll pass a turnoff to your right to the campground, but keep going on the main trail. Shortly a junction to the Lemonade Creek trail is on your left. Take this left, then after approx. 750 metres you arrive at the main road.

Cross the road and take the vehicle track. After roughly 250 metres the there will be a turnoff to your left. This is to the Erskine Falls. Take this. After a couple of km you will reach the carpark for the falls. Take the path down to the falls.

After viewing these spectacular falls, continue downstream. The trail is initially quite rugged. It will pass the Straw and Splitter Falls. Simply keep following the trail downstream. You will arrive at the caravan park. Walk through this to the main road. Turn right, and at the roundabout head uphill on Otway Street. When you reach the roundabout at the top take Allenvale Road, walk back to the carpark.

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Getting there

Follow the Princes Highway (M1) from Melbourne to Geelong, then take the Great Ocean Road (B100) through Torquay to Lorne. Or follow the Princes Highway (M1) from Melbourne to Geelong to Winchelsea (A1). Then take C151 via Deans Marsh to Lorne. At the roundabout head uphill on Otway Street. When you reach the roundabout at the top take Allenvale Road back to the carpark.

Tips

  • The creek and river crossings can be very slippery, so take care.
  • You could start this hike in the township.
  • Remember your camera.

 

Total distance: 22920 m
Max elevation: 431 m
Min elevation: 6 m
Total climbing: 942 m
Total descent: -941 m
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