The Great Otway National Park is a spectacular area of native forest, and there are plenty of opportunities to get closer to nature with walking tracks and trails in the area, many leading to spectacular crashing waterfalls.
There are seven waterfalls within the bushland surrounding Lorne, with different accessibility levels – some are a quick ten minute stroll from the carpark, others are a more strenuous rainforest hike rewarded with the majestic roar of a waterfall.
The Lorne Waterfalls – Canyon and Castle Rock hike starts and ends at the Sheoak Falls Carpark and can be undertaken in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. This hike takes in a number of The Otway’s most spectacular waterfalls.
Kalimna falls (8 to 10 meters high) are fringed by tall rainforest trees and dense tree ferns. The Lower Falls are not large, but you can get behind them and look out through the falling water to the large pool surrounded by mossy logs and rocks. The Upper Falls are a series of cascades viewed from a platform. The walk follows the route of an old tramway and some of the old sleepers can still be seen.
Wonwondha Falls, Henderson Falls, the Canyon and the stunning Phantom Falls (about 15 meters high) are all en-route to the Sheoak Creek Picnic area, along Allenvale Rd. There are barbecue facilities, toilets, picnic tables, fireplaces and drinking water.
If you decide to do this as an overnight hike there are two options for Camping along the trail. See details and map below. Flags mark the camp site locations
- Sharps Track Camping Area. Located on the north west of the trail near Wonwondah Falls. Approximately 100 west along Sharps Road. This campsite is approximately 13km from the start so makes a good half way point.
- Allenvale Camp Site. Located on the north east of the trail near Sharps Mill, just off Allenvale Road. Approximately 18km from the start.
From Melbourne by car
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. The Sheoak Falls carpark is located 5.7km past the Lorne Visitors Information Centre, along the Great Ocean Road.
Public Transport to Lorne
V-line train/coach services depart daily from Melbourne to Geelong and along the Great Ocean Road to Lorne and Apollo Bay. V-line coach services connect along the Great Ocean Road from Apollo Bay to Port Campbell and Warrnambool on Friday all year (extra service during December -January). V-line enquiries – phone 136196. The Sheoak Falls carpark is located 5.7km past the Lorne Visitors Information Centre, along the Great Ocean Road.
Max elevation: 291 m
Min elevation: 8 m
Total climbing: 953 m
Total descent: -953 m