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Below Victoria Falls Lookout, Victoria Creek drops steeply through a series of cascades into the Grose Valley. Victoria Falls is the largest of these, and can be reached by a relatively short, but steep, walk. The delightful Silver Cascades is only a few minutes away. The track passes along some ledges above drops, which most people will be fine with, but there is some mild exposure.
The walk is good all year round. While it is a steep climb out of the valley, the walk is reasonable in warmer months as there are opportunities for a swim.
Heading west along the Great Western Highway, turn right on to Victoria Falls Rd about 500m past Browntown Oval, and 1km before the traffic lights in Mt Victoria itself. Follow the dirt road for just over 5km, ignoring minor roads off to the side, to reach a car park.
From09 Jul 2006, last checked23 Oct 2016
From the car park, a signposted track leads for 150m to the lookout. Victoria Falls Lookout has a commanding view over Victoria Creek, and the Upper Grose Valley. Looking down Victoria Creek, the main head to the left is Asgard Head, in the middle are the Birrabang Walls and to the right is Burra Korain Head. The falls themselves are not visible from the lookout, although you can hear the water on a quiet day.
From the lookout, the track is obvious, as there are no real choices. The track contours down towards a small creek before cutting back under some small cliffs. For the first long zig zag, the track is well maintained with wooden steps. A little further on, the track descends through the lower cliffs at a small pass, which is quite steep.
Below this the walking is pleasant, heading steadily downhill on a trail that switches back and forth several times to finally reach Victoria Creek. The signposts here are a little confusing. The first one you meet as you hit the creek points to 'Burra Korain Flat' to the left, and 'Cascades' to the right. If you thought 'Cascades' referred to Victoria Falls themselves, you would be wrong. Heading right (upstream) for a short distance, you reach the Silver Cascades, a set of wide attractive falls that tumble down a stepped rock face into a large pool. This could be a good spot for a quick dip in summer.
Heading back to the sign and downstream, another sign post appears. A side track is marked to the top of the main falls. The falls are in two stages, and so the main part of the falls cannot be seen from the top. However, there is a large flat ledge at the top of the falls with good views down the Victoria Creek valley. Back at the junction, continue down the narrow main track towards Burra Korain Flat on the left side of the creek to the bottom of Victoria Falls. This is quite narrow, and care should be taken in the wet in a couple of places. The main falls are impressive, dropping about 20m over an overhang into a small pool.
After a break, return the way you came.
Time:1 hr Distance:2 km Fitness:E Skill:E Ascent:60 m
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Time:4 hrs Distance:11 km Fitness:E Skill:E Ascent:100 m
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Time:2 hrs Distance:7 km Fitness:E Skill:E Ascent:40 m
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Blue Gum Forest via Evans Lookout and Perrys Lookdown
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Time:5 hrs Distance:15 km Fitness:EM Skill:EM Ascent:200 m
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Time:7 hrs Distance:13 km Fitness:M Skill:EM Ascent:630 m
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