MacKenzie Falls

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MacKenzie Falls

Grampians National Park

MacKenzie Falls is the most iconic and spectacular waterfall in the Grampians. Watch the majestic waterfall from the lookout platform or tackle the steep climb to the base of the falls. Make the most of your day trip in the Grampians National Park with a strenuous walk through the beautiful MacKenzie River Gorge to Zumsteins Historic Area.  

MacKenzie Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in Victoria and a must-see on your trip to Grampians National Park. It's the only waterfall in the Grampians that flows all year round.

See the beauty and power of MacKenzie Falls from a variety of lookouts and walks, which start at the carpark and cater to a range of abilities.

As waterfalls are within a natural environment, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at MacKenzie Falls is a safe and enjoyable one.

Things to do

MacKenzie Falls Walk
Embark on a steep walk to the base of MacKenzie Falls to see the waterfall up close and get a true sense of its power. Watch as water gracefully cascades down the sheer cliff face into the pretty pool below, creating a fine rainbow mist in the air.

It may seem inviting to take a dip, but swimming is not permitted at MacKenzie Falls due to many unseen dangers in the water.

The walk is 2km return and you'll need to trek down 260 narrow steps to reach the base of the falls, so be prepared for a difficult climb back to the top.

MacKenzie Falls Lookout Walk
Enjoy sweeping views of MacKenzie Falls and the MazKenzie River from Bluff Lookout. The 1.9km return walk is wheelchair friendly and meanders through stringybark forest. The lookout is the only spot where you can see multiple cascades of the river flowing through the gorge. 

Broken Falls Walk
Admire beautiful views of the upper sections of MacKenzie Falls on the Broken Falls Walk. The 500m walk is wheelchair friendly and has only a slight track gradient. Broken Falls Lookout is one of the best places to see the impressive geological formations of the MacKenzie River Gorge.

MacKenzie River Walk
One of the Grampians' best kept secrets, the MacKenzie River Walk winds it way along the river through young eucalypt forest. Best tackled by fit walkers, the 7km return walk (Fish Falls 4km return) can require water crossings, rock hopping and rock scrambling.

Enjoy scenic views of tranquil waterholes, rocky escarpments and the terraced cascades of Fish Falls. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including the impressive Wedge-tailed Eagle circling above.

Finish the walk with a picnic or barbecue at Zumsteins Historic Area and discover the remnants of an historic settlement, including old buildings and a now-empty swimming pool.

A couple enjoy a picnic by the MacKenzie river at Zumsteins Historic Area.

Zumsteins Historic Area

Zumsteins Picnic Area is located on the banks of the MacKenzie River and is the site of an historic settlement. It provides a great opportunity to relax in the natural setting of the Grampians, enjoy the wildlife, a barbecue and a short stroll.
A husband and wife stop to take a photo of Masons Falls from the lookout.

Day trips

Pack the car and round up your family and friends. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, parks offer a variety of day trips close to Melbourne.
Three friends enjoy a picnic on the grass in front of the historic Wallace Hut.

Picnics

Head outdoors for lunch in the warmer months and enjoy a picnic in some of nature's most relaxing and inspiring settings.

Brambuk The National Park and Culture Centre

Brambuk The National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap began with the building of the Brambuk Cultural Centre in 1989 to acknowledge, protect and share the cultures of the Jadawadjali and Djab Wurrung Peoples.

How to get there

MacKenzie Falls

Need to know

MacKenzie Falls

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Grand Canyon Staircase Closed

    The steel staircase at the south-eastern exit of the Grand Canyon is closed due to an engineering issue. The Grand Canyon remains open as a return walk from Wonderland Carpark. The Pinnacle walk remains open via the canyon bypass walking track.

  • Grampians National Park

    Mitchell Road Closed

    Mitchell Road is closed until further notice due to storm damage to a concrete causeway.

    Road Report - 01/04/2021

    Download the latest Grampians National Park road report to find out the condition of the parks roads and four wheel drive tracks.

    Attachments: Grampians NP Road Report - 1 April 2021 (169KB)

    Access update 01/04/2021

    Download the latest Grampians National Park Access Update to find out information about any closures or access issues.

    Attachments: Grampians Access Update 1st April 2021 (171KB)

  • First Wannon Hike-in Camping Area (Grampians National Park)

    Major Mitchell Plateau Walking Track Partial Closure

    The Major Mitchell Plateau Walking Track is closed between Stockyard Track and Jimmy Creek Campground due to Grampians Peaks Trail works.

    Walkers crossing the plateau must use Stockyard Track as the southern access route. Vehicles may be parked at Mafeking Picnic Area or the corner of Mafeking and Emmett Roads.

    Walkers undertaking the three day circuit, must use Stockyard Track, Emmett Road and Jimmy Creek Road as the alternative route. This alternative involves approximately 10km of four wheel drive track and unsealed road walking.

    See the attached map for assistance with orientation.

    For further information contact Brambuk the National Park and Cultural Centre in Halls Gap in (03) 8427 2258.


    Attachments: Major Mitchell Plateau - Stockyard to Jimmy Closure (9,807KB)

  • Mount Difficult Summit Walk (Grampians National Park)

    Mt Difficult Walking Track Closure

    Due to Grampians Peaks Trail construction works the Mt Difficult walking track between Deep Creek Track Junction and Mt Difficult (Gar) Summit Track Junction will be closed until further notice. 
     
    Mt Difficult (Gar) remains accessible from Mt Difficult Road and Longpoint West Hike-in Camping Area as a return walk. Please keep in mind this is a rough grade 4 walking track only suitable for more experienced bushwalkers. Limited roadside parking is available on Mt Difficult Road.
     
    Beehive Falls and Briggs Bluff remain open as return walks from Beehive Falls Carpark.

    Attachments: Mt Difficult Range Track Closure (2,245KB)

    Mt Difficult Walking Track Closure

    Due to Grampians Peaks Trail construction works the Mt Difficult walking track between Deep Creek Track Junction and Mt Difficult (Gar) Summit Track Junction will be closed until further notice. Please see attached map.
     
    Mt Difficult (Gar) remains accessible from Mt Difficult Road and Longpoint West Hike-in Camping Area as a return walk. Please keep in mind this is a rough grade 4 walking track only suitable for more experienced bushwalkers. Limited roadside parking is available on Mt Difficult Road.
     
    Beehive Falls and Briggs Bluff remain open as return walks from Beehive Falls Carpark.

    Attachments: Mt Difficult Range Track Closure (2,245KB)

  • Mafeking Picnic Area (Grampians National Park)

    Mafeking Picnic Area Closure

    Mafeking Picnic Area will be closed from Monday the 19th to Wednesday the 21st of April 2021 to upgrade the entrance road.

  • Stony Creek Group Camping Area (Grampians National Park)

    Stony Creek Group Camping Area Relocated

    Stony Creek Group Camping Area has been relocated 500m west of Rosea Carpark on Stony Creek Road. Walkers should access this site by following Stony Creek Road from Rosea Carpark, rather than the link track from the Mt Rosea Walking Track.

Similar experiences

 
A husband and wife stop to take a photo of Masons Falls from the lookout.

Masons Falls

Enjoy a picnic in the beautiful surrounds of Masons Falls Picnic Area. Set among towering gums, the large shelters and free gas barbecues make it the perfect place for a social gathering. The short waterfall walk is a real highlight.
Three friends standing at the Erskine Falls lookout admiring the waterfall.

Erskine Falls

Erskine Falls are at the end of Erskine Falls Road 10km north west of Lorne. There is a viewing point above the falls and a walking track, steep in places, leads to the base of the falls. The falls cascade over one of the highest drops in the Otways.
A couple stand and admire Sheoak Falls near Lorne in the Great Otway National Park.

Sheoak Falls

The Sheoak Falls Walk weaves its way from the coastal woodland at the mouth of the Sheoak Creek and through wet forest to the hidden cascades of Sheoak Falls.
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