(On this page, Latrobe Valley’s Waterfalls, Narracan Falls, Morwell River Falls, Cyathea Falls, and Tarra Fall, a google map, waterfall pictures to purchase, more things to do in the Latrobe Valley)
I started the day in Moe on a Spring day with clear azure skies, heading down towards to Moe South Road. The winding road over hills and through dales, the landscape ever changing from bush to pasture land. I discovered the rural roads. The great thing about the roads is that you drive slower and see the amazing vistas.
My GPS had stopped working. I rely on it far too heavily. I felt lost (there’s a map at the end of this article, you’re welcome), and I don’t like being lost. Just when I’d given up hope and thought I should have followed the sign to “Narracan Falls Winery”, because there were no significant steep hills, the usual landscape of a waterfall. The parking lot pops up just after a bridge over Narracan Creek. There were sheep on the hills to my right, cows in the paddock beside the parking lot. It definitely wasn’t the typical waterfall.
Down on my left I first glimpsed Narracan Falls, that were a crevice in the farm land. I’d been told they were created by a significant earthquake many years and would be an interesting geological study. The waterfall is in a paddock, on farmland, the fence and gate I entered is the last fence you’ll encounter. The cows didn’t seem interested in this gorgeous natural feature of their land.
Though the desire to soak in your surroundings is a little hindered by the need to dodge cow pats. I managed to avoid them and the rest of the time spent in the car was pleasant. I headed to the waterfall, that after all was my prize, my reason for being here at all. I had the pleasure of experiencing the waterfall all to myself. The problem with my eagerness to experience that natural wonder was that it led me to the top of the rocks – about a 15-foot drop above the river bed. I was taking photos and I wanted to get to the bottom of the waterfall. I dropped the camera cap. So now had to get down there. I climbed down the rocks to discover a path. Had I have paid attention and walked further down, past the first table and chairs; I would not have experienced free climbing. There is a rock you can lean on to get some great shots of the waterfall, or read on. The sound of cascading water, rushing over rocks.
An old tree, a habitat tree looms over the Narracan Falls. You can look down on the waterfall, giving a unique perspective. Walk down along the top towards the first chair and table, there is a path down to the waterfall. Cobalt forget-me-nots bloom in Spring, blanketing the rocks opposite the path.
I was ready to leave with my camera filled with photos. I turned left onto Falls and headed towards the Strzelecki Highway. You’ll see another small Latrobe Valley town. Yinnar that is word, meaning “woman”. It is a nice to have a stop, see there park where the Train Station used to be, and the public toilets.
It’s recommended to stop in Yinnar to grab some food or go to the toilet. You’ll thank me for it later. I was rather uncomfortable as I learnt there were no toilets after the fact.
Morwell River Falls
Morwell River Falls is a series of three waterfalls over a 15-minute walk down to the riverbed. The bush track is slippery, I almost met with the track on a number of occasions with more than just my feet. The bush canopy prevents the forest floor drying.
It’s a peaceful slow walk through the gentle giants. Past the stone table, ducking under the tree that grows low over the path. See the Loch Ness monster rising out of the water. The waterfall is dwarfed by the jumbo trees surrounding it.
There is a brown (tourist) sign that says Tarra Bulga National Falls 40 to the right. Don’t take it’s a trap. I did, lucky it was a Spring day and there hadn’t been much rain in the days earlier. Although, this didn’t stop every pothole being full of muddy water, spraying all over the sedan. I was not prepared for an offroad . Incidentally, 40 by logging tracks is not less than 40 minutes. There were some great views but not worth the close brushes with wildlife. A wombat bounced across the road as opposed to lumbering in, I believed, was the only mode wombats could walk in.
There are no facilities at Tarra Falls. If I had my time over again I would have taken the road from Churchill to Loy Yang, and stopped in Churchill at Mathison Park, Hyland Lake for toilets and see some ducks full of personality. There is a great walk at Hyland Park and view of Mount Tassie.
Tarra Bulga National Park
Tarra Bulga National Park is a cold climate rainforest, filled with 300 types of ferns, and great hulking big old trees described as dinosaurs.
Tarra Falls is glimpsed, from the car park. It’s a series of steps to the viewing area. The steps are brown stones and can be wet and slippery. There is a Youtube clip of the waterfall at the end of the article of Tarra Falls.
Just a short drive back towards is the Tarra Valley Picnic area is the walking track to Cyathea Falls. There are dinosaurs along the Tarra Valley walking track to Cyathea Falls.