La La Falls
  • Length: 3.2km

  • Duration: 1hr

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Irruka Road

  • End: Irruka Road

  • Closest Town: Warburton

  • Location: Warburton

  • Distance from state capital: 76km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.76564676

  • Longitude: 145.7017751


La La Falls is a 3.2km, grade 3 Return hike located in Warburton Victoria. The hike should take approximately 1hrs to complete.


The trail to La La Falls is definitely one of the best – and most beautiful – short walks around Melbourne.

The track follows beside the gurgling Four Mile Creek, snaking its way under a thick, lush forest canopy over a vibrant understory of ferns, musk daisy bush, blanket-leaf and bootlace bush. The trail traverses the creek over several cute stone bridges to the soundtrack of bubbling water and birdsong. With luck you might even sight a lyrebird, one of the most treasured creatures in the Yarra State Forest. The Falls themselves are serene and are best visited after a rainfall when the flow down the rocky slabs is high.

The walk is named after past landowner Leila Ward, whose guesthouse – ‘La La’, which fittingly means ‘Welcome Welcome’ in the local indigenous language – was located in the area. Remarkably, the walk up to the falls has been enchanting and delighting visitors since the 1880s and it continues to do so today.

The graded and compacted trail is suitable for people of all fitness levels though there are moderately steep sections and walkers should take care in slippery conditions. An unhurried stroll should get you to the falls in 20 minutes and returning in about the same time.

For more information about this trail go to Visit Warburton

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Getting there

From Melbourne City to Yarra Valley (via Eastlink Tollway) – Make your way onto the Eastern Freeway and travel towards Ringwood. The Eastern Freeway turns into the Eastlink Toolway after Springvale Road. If you have an Eastlink or Citylink pass, continue on the Eastlink Tollway and go through the Mullum Mullum tunnel – make sure to stay in the left lane as the turnoff is straight after the tunnel ends. Turn left after exiting the tunnel towards Ringwood. Turn left onto the Maroondah Highway towards Lilydale. Once past Lilydale, turn right at the Warburton Highway turnoff to explore the Warburton Valley. Follow Old Warburton Rd to Irruka Rd in Warburton. Continue to Station Road in Warburton.

By Public Transport Public Transport Victoria has regular trains heading to Lilydale Station. From Lilydale Station, catch a Martyrs bus to travel to Warburton .

About the region

With the Yarra River meandering through the town, lined with gorgeous trees and numerous parks, Warburton offers a relaxing experience. The Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail begins here. Warburton is where it all begins. Just one hour from Melbourne, the Warburton Valley is life at nature’s pace. Always green, Warburton is where the Yarra River runs clear.


Best completed in autumn or winter, especially after rainfall when there is maximum flow over the falls.


Total distance: 3238 m
Max elevation: 477 m
Min elevation: 294 m
Total climbing: 204 m
Total descent: -204 m
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For more information about this trail go to Visit Warburton


13 thoughts on “La La Falls (3.2km)

  1. Absolutely loved it! Was there yesterday with my dog and 8 year old twins great views track conditions are a little muddy but manageable, a little steep and narrow in a few parts but worth the trip, we will go there again for sure 😊🙌🏼👌🏽