• Length: 13.3km

  • Duration: 6hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Horseyard Flat

  • End: Horseyard Flat

  • Closest Town: Licola

  • Location: Alpine National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 319km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.4830751883

  • Longitude: 146.9815458584


First Falls and Moroka Gorge is a 13.3km, grade 4 Return hike located in Alpine National Park Victoria. The hike should take approximately 6hrs to complete.


The First Falls and Moroka Gorge hike commences at Horseyard Flat. The track crosses a footbridge over the Moroka River before meandering through Snowgum woodland and crossing wetlands on boardwalks. Then it follows the river downstream to the First Falls. A rock platform provides an ideal viewing point to enjoy the rushing Moroka River plunging into a deep pool. Retrace your steps to Horseyard Flat.

Beyond First Falls there is no track and the route is unmarked. The slopes are steep, with cliffs, logs and regrowth making it very difficult. Descending to the gorge is possible for self-reliant walkers who are experienced in undefined routes. Good levels of fitness are required for steep descents/ascents and ensure you are well equipped for remote walking. Progress to reach the main gorge at Lumican Gully is slow but full of interest. (12km, allow 8-10 hours return).

There is no formal track beyond this point but following the river downstream brings you to three spectacular waterfalls and the narrow gorge proper (dry weather only). This involves some rock hopping and should not be attempted when the river is high.

Getting there

Horseyard Flat is on the banks of the Moroka River, 30 km east of Arbuckle Junction down Moroka Rd.

Drive to Licola and at the road junction near the bridge take the Tamboritha Road (don’t cross the bridge). You will drive past bush camp sites before the road will turn into a dirt road. 48km from Licola you will reach the Arbuckle Junction, turn east and follow Moroka Rd for another 30km to Horseyard Flat on the banks of the Moroka River.


Total distance: 6663 m
Max elevation: 1034 m
Min elevation: 785 m
Total climbing: 172 m
Total descent: -390 m
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