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Erskine Falls

Great Otway National Park

Even in a region known for its magnificent waterfalls, Erskine Falls stands out. A short diversion from the Great Ocean Road and 15 minutes from Lorne, you can park close to the 30-metre cascade - or enjoy it as part of a longer, secluded walk through lush rainforest. 

The Otway Ranges are infamous for their high rainfall - but on the plus side all that water means lush green fern gullies carved out by rivers and waterfalls. Erskine Falls is particularly popular among the waterfalls of the Otways, plunging (or trickling, depending on recent rainfall levels) down a 30-metre drop.

There's an easy walk to the first lookout or a more strenuous but rewarding climb down 230 steps to the second lookout, where you will see the waterfall in all its glory. The Erskine River Walk to Lorne continues off downstream from here if you are prepared for the 7.5km walk.

Erskine Falls makes a great half-day trip away from the beach if you are holidaying in Lorne or one of the other seaside townships along the Great Ocean Road. Combine it with a trip to one or more of the other beautiful waterfalls near Lorne, such as Sheoak or Kalimna Falls.

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

Things to do

 
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.
Henderson Falls near Sheoak Picnic Area at Lorne in the Great Otway National Park

Sheoak Picnic Area

Sheoak Picnic Area has a pretty good claim to be the waterfall capital of Victoria. Walks from this clearing surrounded by tall trees lead to at least six waterfalls through some gorgeous scenery.
A woman with a large hiking pack takes in the view from Blanket Bay Campground.

Great Ocean Walk

The Great Ocean Walk extends just over 100km between Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles near Princetown. The spectacular walk weaves its way through tall forests, coastal heathlands, wild rocky shores, river estuaries and windswept cliff-tops presenting amazing views.

How to get there

Erskine Falls

Erskine Falls is a 15 minute drive off the Great Ocean Road at Lorne. Take Erskine Falls Road. 

Need to know

Erskine 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.

  • Alcoa Powerline Trail head (Anglesea Heath Alcoa Agreement Area)

    Alcoa Powerline Track Closed until further notice

    Alcoa Powerline Track closed until further notice due to safety concerns.

  • Great Ocean Walk - Day 6 - Johanna Beach to Ryans Den (Great Otway National Park)

    Walking Track Closed-Great Ocean Walk - Johanna to Ryans Den

    Please note: Day 6 section - Johanna Beach Campground to Ryans Den is closed. All campgrounds along the Great Ocean Walk are open however walkers cannot continue along the trail from Johanna Beach Campground to Ryans Den.
    A section of natural rock wall cliff face has subsided to the east of Ryans Den. 
    With recent severe weather conditions, there is potential for further landslides and rock falls in this area. It is not safe for walkers and it will be closed at least until 26th January 2022, pending further essential works to make this area safe.
    If walking from Johanna Beach Campground, arrange transport to take you to Ryans Den Access Track in order to continue the Great Ocean Walk. A Licensed Tour Operator along the Great Ocean Road may be able to assist. All campgrounds along the Great Ocean Walk remain open including Johanna Beach Campground and Ryans Den. Visitor safety is our top priority and we are working to re-open this section of the walk as soon as it is safe.

    A map of the Great Ocean Walk

    Great Ocean Walk- walking track remediation construction works at Ryans Den

    To ensure the safety of walkers on the Ryans Den section of the Great Ocean Walk, contractors have commenced remediation works to repair the walking track and address the potential for further serious rock slippage and falls. Please be aware that the walking track between Johanna Beach Campground and Ryans Den will remain closed for the duration of the critical safety work being carried out and that the contractors are operating machinery in this area, which is now a building site. Completion and the reopening of the track is anticipated before the 26th of January 2022 (depending on weather & site conditions).    

    Great Ocean Walk- walking track remediation construction works at Ryans Den

    To ensure the safety of walkers on the Ryans Den section of the Great Ocean Walk, contractors have commenced remediation works to repair the walking track and address the potential for further serious rock slippage and falls. Please be aware that the walking track between Johanna Beach Campground and Ryans Den will remain closed for the duration of the critical safety work being carried out and that the contractors are operating machinery in this area, which is now a building site. Completion and the reopening of the track is anticipated before the 26th of January 2022 (depending on weather & site conditions).    

    Great Ocean Walk- walking track remediation construction works at Ryans Den

    To ensure the safety of walkers on the Ryans Den section of the Great Ocean Walk, contractors have commenced remediation works to repair the walking track and address the potential for further serious rock slippage and falls. Please be aware that the walking track between Johanna Beach Campground and Ryans Den will remain closed for the duration of the critical safety work being carried out and that the contractors are operating machinery in this area, which is now a building site. Completion and the reopening of the track is anticipated before the 26th of January 2022 (depending on weather & site conditions).    

    Great Ocean Walk- walking track remediation construction works at Ryans Den

    To ensure the safety of walkers on the Ryans Den section of the Great Ocean Walk, contractors have commenced remediation works to repair the walking track and address the potential for further serious rock slippage and falls. Please be aware that the walking track between Johanna Beach Campground and Ryans Den will remain closed for the duration of the critical safety work being carried out and that the contractors are operating machinery in this area, which is now a building site. Completion and the reopening of the track is anticipated before the 26th of January 2022 (depending on weather & site conditions).    

  • Kalimna Tramline Link Walk (Great Otway National Park)

    Kalimna Tramline link Walk is closed

    The Kalimna Tramline link walk is closed due to damage to a pedestrian bridge. Walkers can still access the Lower Kalimna Waterfall via the Kalimna Falls Walking Track, which starts at Sheoak Picnic Area. 

  • Kalimna Falls Walk (Great Otway National Park)

    Upper Kalimna Falls are Closed

    The Upper Kalimna Falls viewing platform and access track are closed due to damage to the platform. Walkers can still access the Lower Kalimna Waterfall via the Kalimna Falls Walking Track, which starts at Sheoak Picnic Area. 

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Garvey Track is Closed

    Garvey Track is closed due to damage. Sharps Track is a suitable detour if required. 

  • Great Otway National Park

    Access restricted at Jarosite Headlands between Point Addis and Southside Beach

    • A 450m section of beach at Jarosite Headlands, between Point Addis and Southside, has had access restricted.
    • Do not enter exclusion zone 10m from base of cliff.
    • Do not stay stationary within 10m - 30m from base of cliff.
    • Visitors must take note of signage in place. 
    • Landslips and rockfalls are unpredictable and can occur without warning. Like all coastal environments, these cliffs are subject to dynamic weather events and prone to cracking, erosion, landslips and rockfall.

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