Stevensons Falls, Forrest
Forrest’s Stevensons Falls, pictured, is a serene rainforest experience just a short drive south of the township in the Otways Forrest Park. A trip to Stevensons Falls can provide all the elements you are after in a relaxed nature-based activity. Stevensons Falls walking track provides a beautiful stroll along the end of the Gellibrand River to the day visitor area. The walking track then continues across the river, through Forrest and down to the edge of the river where you can start to hear the distant roar of Stevensons Falls. The hiking trail ends at a viewing platform at the base of the falls.
The camping area at Stevensons Falls is perfect for adventurous holidaymakers and is budget friendly. Fifty free camping sites are available with about half well-shaded and other open sites set among oaks, pear, plum and apple trees. All sites are level but surrounded by beautiful steep forest. Stevensons Falls camp sites are also well grassed and maintained by the local kangaroo population. Wood barbecues and picnic tables are also on site for visitor convenience.
Other Forrest waterfalls
Beauchamp Falls is one of several waterfalls in the Great Otway National Park, south west of Forrest, near Beech Forest. A beautiful 20-metre waterfall rewards a reasonably challenging walk from a picnic area just off the Aire Valley Road from Beech Forest Road. It’s about a three-kilometre return walk to and from the viewing platform, however there is no access to the falls.
Also located south west of Forrest near Beech Forest are Hopetoun Falls, which fall 30 metres into the Aire River, also in the Great Otway National Park. You can take in the falls from an upper platform which is just a short walk from the car park, or you can descend about 200 stairs to the base of the falls, which is about a one-kilometre round trip.
One of the more renowned waterfalls in the Great Otway National Park is Triplet Falls, also located near Beech Forest, three-kilometres past the iconic Otway Fly. The pristine waterfalls are beautifully set in ancient forest, with the area providing views into the lower cascades and the main falls. There is a small picnic area, as well as a car park and public toilet facilities, and from which the waterfalls are about a two-kilometre round trip.
Other popular waterfalls, picnic and walking spots easily accessible from Forrest include Little Aire Falls, of Phillips Track in the Great Otway National Park, and Carisbrook Falls, about a 300-metre walk off the Great Ocean Road near Apollo Bay.
You can contact Forrest Community Group for more information on Forrest’s Stevensons Falls, pictured, or any of the other waterfalls in the Forrest region.