The Lower Sailors Falls Loop is a great hike for kids aged 6+ follow the Goldfields Track markers until you come to a sign for Sailors Falls Loop, I recommend following the loop in an anti clockwise direction as it means the return journey is less steep. It can get very slippery in wet weather.
About the Region
Hepburn Regional Park nestles around the famous mineral springs townships of Daylesford, Hepburn and Hepburn Springs. Rich with natural springs and relics from the gold mining era, the park abounds with opportunities for bushwalking, mountain bike and horse riding, picnicking and nature study. Mt Franklin is a small volcanic crater with basic camping set amid exotic trees.
From Melbourne take the M8 towards Ballarat. Take the 2nd Ballan exit and follow the signs for Dalyesford. You will see signs for Sailors Falls carpark. You can either park here and walk about .5km up telegraph Rd to the entrance of Hepburn Regional Park or drive up telegraph Rd and park on the side of the road. Linked train and coach services are available from Melbourne to Daylesford via Woodend or Ballarat. For timetable details call V/Line Country Information.
The Sailors Falls carpark has steps lending down to the falls. These have in fact been closed to the public due to being unstable. But the car park is a good pit stop as it has public toilets and some trail info.
Max elevation: 677 m
Min elevation: 590 m
Total climbing: 151 m
Total descent: -152 m