10 Victorian Waterfalls to Enjoy With Your Dog

All the wet weather lately might be annoying for your commute but it’s marvellous for those looking to enjoy Victoria’s beautiful waterfalls. Finding a dog-friendly waterfall can be difficult so we’ve put together a list with 10 beautiful waterfalls you can enjoy with your pup by your side. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for signs and always keep your dog on leash unless signs state otherwise. 

 

Toorongo and Amphitheatre Falls
640 Toorongo Valley Road, Noojee

Meander along the Toorongo River and enjoy the spectacular viewing platforms for the mighty Toorongo and Amphitheatre Falls. Along the way you’ll find yourself surrounded by thick bush, towering canopies and the sounds of chirping birds and gushing creeks. The circuit walk is 2.2km and takes just over an hour. Alternatively you can just visit Toorongo Falls via a shorter 1.5km circuit. Make sure to bring a towel as the path can get muddy.

Human difficulty: Moderate
Dog difficulty: Moderate

 

La La Falls
Irruka Road, Warburton

It might not be as impressive as the Toorongo Falls, but there’s still something rather endearing about Dandenong’s La La Falls. The La La Falls feature a small stream gently cascading down a beautiful rockface before disappearing under the viewing platform. You’ll find your way there along a 3.2km return dirt path that follows the old timber railway. It’s a beautiful walk under giant Mountain Ash Trees and dense bush but if the falls are your top priority, make sure to visit after rainfall when they will be their most impressive.

Human difficulty: Moderate
Dog difficulty: Moderate

 

Trentham Falls
Trentham Scenic Reserve Road, Trentham

The thunderous Trentham Falls are a must-see on any Victorian waterfall list. Plunging 32 metres over basalt columns, Trentham Falls is Victoria’s highest single-drop waterfall. If you only have time for one, make it this one. This spectacular waterfall is best visited during Winter or Spring, when water levels are high. Although it’s only a short 100m walk to the viewing platform, there are walking trails, picnic tables and barbecues nearby so you can make a day of it.

Human difficulty: Easy
Dog Difficulty: Easy

 

Stevensons Falls
Upper Gellibrand Road, Barramunga

Cascading 30m over a series of large rock faces, the Stevensons Falls are one of the Otway’s most impressive falls. The lookout sets back from the base of the waterfall offering a spectacular panoramic view, perfect for budding photographers looking to capture the thunderous falls dropping from the towering forest above. Make it an adventure with a 4.5km return walk by following the creek trail from the Stevensons Falls campground or opt for the shorter 500m walk from the day carpark.

Human difficulty: Easy
Dog difficulty: Easy

 

Dights Falls
Trenerry Crescent, Abbotsford

The closest falls to Melbourne’s CBD, Yarra Bend Park’s Dights Falls is a surprising escape from the hubbub of the city. And while they might be the smallest falls on this list, they still pack a punch. The viewing platform takes you right to the edge of the falls so you and your pup can feel the mist in your face. And why stop at the falls! With walking trails in every direction, you can explore the park’s many sights and turn your trip into a full day out.

Human difficulty: Easy
Dog difficulty: Easy

 

Agnes Falls
Agnes Falls Road, Toora

The beautiful Agnes Falls viewing area is located just 200 metres from the carpark. It’s a short but steep walk and well worth the effort. The Falls cascade 59 metres down a series of rock faces. The viewing platform offers a stunning outlook as the river gushes over boulders left and right before finally plunging deep into the gorge. Along the riverbank you’ll find a gorgeous picnic area nestled under towering trees, perfect for a quiet lunch break.  

Human difficulty: Moderate
Dog difficulty: Moderate

Beauchamp Falls
Beauchamp Falls Road, Beech Forest

The Beauchamp Falls are a sight to behold. The one hour return walk meanders through lush rainforest and over bubbling mossy creeks before a short descent to a viewing platform in front of the powerful Beauchamp Falls. While the walk and the falls are both beautiful, the final 100 metres to the falls involves non-slip steps that are very poorly designed for our furry friends. If you have a small or medium sized dog, expect to carry them… otherwise they might be injured when their little paws slip through the metal grates. We would describe this one as a waterfall where dogs are allowed and a walk that is dog friendly.

Human difficulty: Moderate
Dog difficulty: Very difficult ** Dogs will need assistance with the last 100m

 

Sailors Falls
Corner of Ballan-Daylesford Road and Telegraph Road, Sailors Falls

Located in Hepburn Regional Park, Sailors Falls tumbles over columns of basalt into a sinkhole surrounded by beautiful ferns. These falls are pretty as a picture and the more classical type of waterfall you tend to see in pictures. From the base of the falls you can continue on to the nearby mineral spring or maybe even wander all the way to Lake Daylesford. Wheelchairs and prams can reach the top lookout next to the picnic and parking area, while the lower lookout is accessible via a short walk down a set of stairs.  New stairs were installed in August 2017 and unfortunately they are made from metal grates. Thankfully the grates are not as wide as those at Beauchamp Falls so medium-sized dogs should be able to cross them easily. However, they will pose a challenge for small dogs and their tiny feet.

Human difficulty: Moderate
Dog difficulty: Moderate** (small dogs may need assistance)

 

Shiprock Falls
Gembrook-Launching Place Road, Hoddles Creek

Located at the northern end of Kurth Kiln Regional Park, the Shiprock Falls are some of Victoria’s lesser known falls. With good reason! Tucked away behind bush and trees, you’ll hear the falls well before you see them. After rainfall, the McCrae Creek flows through the park and cascades down a rocky outcrop. There’s no majestic drop, just glistening water gushing down a hillside over mossy rocks. The walk to the falls is a short 300m but you can extend your walk along the Tomahawk Creek Circuit for a further 2km stroll.  

Human difficulty: Moderate
Dog difficulty: Moderate

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