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Friday, July 18, 2008

Strath Creek Falls, Mt Disappointment State Forest

On July 16 2008 I went up to the Strath Creek Falls, in the northern section of the Mt. Disappointment State Forest, 70 km north of Melbourne.

The route was up the Hume Freeway, then along the Strath Creek Rd, then south along the Murchison Spur Rd.

I left the car at the junction of the Murchison Spur Rd and signposted Strath Falls Track, and walked down this track to a fork. This is a narrow one-way loop circuit which leads down to a small picnic ground at the head of the Falls.

I would not recommend attempting this loop track in a conventional 2WD vehicle - it is steep, rocky, and has large ruts in some sections.

A steep foot-track, stone steps, protective steel fence and handrail lead down to the Falls viewpoint.

The falls, formed by the Strath Creek, emerge at the top of a vast canyon, with a vertical drop of about 50 metres, then pass over a series of cascades, large boulders, and rocks. There are rugged cliffs and huge rock formations.

Unfortunately, the Falls were only a trickle on my visit, due to the extended drought.

The total walking distance from the car and return was about 3 km, with an altitude change from 560 m to 430m. The bottom of the canyon is 379 m.

There were magnificent easterly views to the Victorian Alps from the Murchison Spur Rd, and across the Wild Dog Creek Gully.

See the full set of Photos of my visit.

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