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Walking to Erskine Falls – 7.5 km each way
The walking track from Lorne to Erskine Falls is fabulous. Mostly following the Erskine River, passing by Splitters and Straw Falls along the way, with river crossings and cascades.
This is certainly a longer option than driving to the waterfalls and then plodding down the steps (just over 222 of them) to the lookout platforms below, but it’s well worth the hike and not as busy.
It is almost as if Parks Victoria and the locals do not want anyone else knowing about it though as signage from Lorne is lacking somewhat, even the small road that leads through one of the caravan parks to the beginning of the walk has no name.
This is a whole day walk as time is needed to dawdle and soak up the superb forest setting, maybe sit beside the river or soak your feet on a hot day and ‘bide-a-awhile’ at Erskine Falls.
Take a few days and explore more waterfalls in the Great Otways National Park…
Staying for a night or two in Lorne makes an ideal base to explore the falls and the surrounding area of this gorgeous seaside town. The Lorne Bush House and Eco Retreats is a special place to stay with a family, couples or singles.
Distance: 7.5 km each way | 3 Hours each way
Difficulty: Quite an easy hike, though do not attempt this walk if the river levels are high or any warnings are in place as it involves some river crossings and can become dangerous.
Parking is very limited near the start of the track, it is best to park in the areas near the beach if you are driving there.
Starting Point: coming from the Melbourne direction on the Great Ocean Road, go over the bridge into Lorne and turn immediately right.
Walk through the caravan park to the very end and follow the track.
Once through the caravan park, the beginning of the track is fairly clear. Just keep on the track alongside the river.
Not far from the start there is a junction and no signage. The lower track is a dead end and goes down to a viewing area by the cascades (about 60 metres). Follow the left track and just keep on walking…
The cascades from the lower track. They can also be viewed from the main track.
After crossing this steel bridge, the track heads off in what seems to be the wrong direction but soon winds back to follow beside the Erskine River again.
The sign says it is a rough track but it is not difficult. It can be slippery when wet though.
Pretty wildflowers and forest trail…
Tall tree ferns growing alongside the river…
As the track gently rises there is a tree growing above the rocks with its roots gripping where they can…
Sometimes a fallen tree needs to be scrambled under or over. Moss covered rocks in the river make a beautiful site…
Definitely heed these signs, crossing the river when the water levels are high is not advisable.
The first of several river crossings. A bit of rock hopping involved, the track can be seen on the other side.
Up and over… this section is impassable when the river level is high.
Fallen trees line the path occasionally, covered in deep green moss and providing habitats for forest dwellers.