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. Some of the trails are along old timber tramway routes from the days when these forests were logged.
The waterfall walks of Sheoak Picnic Area make for a great day out in the Otway hinterland for people staying in nearby Lorne or one of the other seaside townships along the coast. Alternatively, this is a fantastic break from your drive along the Great Ocean Road. Sheoak Picnic Area is well-equipped for families with toilets, a picnic shelter and gas barbecues.
Henderson Falls - 3km return, 1 hour
The Henderson Falls Walk gently climbs from Sheoak Picnic Area, through dense wet forest shadowed by towering eucalypt trees. Finish your journey at the base of Henderson Falls, cascading over a moss-capped cliff face to a small pool below. There's also a short diversion to see Won Wondah Falls.
Kalimna Falls - 8.4km return, 4 hours
See two waterfalls for the price of one on this walk along an old timber tramway used for transporting timber to Lorne Pier from the 1890s-1920s. Wind through a deep valley carved by Sheoak Creek to see Lower Kalimna Falls cascading over an undercut rock ledge before pushing on to Upper Kalimna Falls framed by lush moss-covered trees.
Phantom Falls - 8.6km return, 3 hours
This walk from Sheoak Picnic Area to Phantom Falls is packed with highlights. You'll see Won Wondah Falls, Henderson Falls and the lost world of The Canyon on your way to Phantom Falls. Turn the walk into a circuit by continuing down to Allenvale and back to Sheoak Picnic Area along the unsealed road.
Sheoak Falls - 3.6km one way, 2 hours
Weave your way through the tall wet forest synonymous with the beautiful Otway Ranges along Sheoak Creek. Meander through coastal woodland via waterfalls and out to the coastal vistas of the Great Ocean Road. Sheoak Creek plunges into a tranquil pool at Sheoak Falls before continuing down to the ocean. If you'd prefer not to return to Sheoak Picnic Area via the same route, you can arrange to be picked up at Sheoak Falls Carpark.
Castle Rock - 5km return, 3 hours
Castle Rock Walking Track is in the Great Otway National Park near the town of Lorne. The trail starts at Sheoak Picnic Area and is approximately 5km return (3 hours) weaving uphill through coastal forest to a rocky outcrop with views over Cumberland River and the coast.
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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
Great Ocean Walk hike-in campsite rainwater tank levelsThere is untreated rainwater currently available in tanks at each of the GOW hike in campsites at the following levels:Elliot hike-in campsite – shelter tank is 50%, toilet tank is 100% fullBlanket Bay hike-in campsite – shelter tank is 80%, walkers can also utilise water from the vehicle based campground tap.Cape Otway hike-in campsite – shelter tank is 85%, toilet tank is 80% full.Aire River hike-in campsite – shelter tank is 80%, walkers can utilise water from the vehicle based campground tap.Johanna hike-in campsite – shelter tank is 100%, toilet tank is 100% full.Ryans Den hike-in campsite – shelter tank is 100%, toilet tank is 60% full.Devils Kitchen hike-in campsite – shelter tank is 100%, toilet tank is 100% full.There is also untreated rainwater available at each of the Great Otway National Park car based campsites in the West Otways.Hikers need to take care only to use what they need and to be mindful of others requiring water. It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure they are carrying enough rainwater for themselves. Parks Victoria do not guarantee rainwater will be available at each site. If in doubt, recommend that hikers either carry what they need, do a water drop prior to commencing their walk, or organise an LTO to conduct a water drop for them.
Great Otway National Park
Kennett-Wye Jeep Track and Bird Track closedKennett-Wye Jeep Track and Bird Track will be closed until 30 June 2020 due to a landslip undermining the road.
Wye River Campground closedWye River Road Camping Area is closed until further notice due to dangerous trees
Upper Kalimna track closedThe Upper Kalimna Falls walking track is closed until further notice due to damage to the boardwalk and lookout. The Lower Kalimna Falls are still accessible from Sheoak Picnic Area via Kalimna Walking Track and from Garvey Track via Kalimna Link Track.
Herberts (Wymbooliel) Campground (Great Otway National Park)
Herbert's Campground closedHerbert’s Campground is closed until further notice due to hazardous trees.
Melba Gully Day Visitor Area (Great Otway National Park)
Melba Gully Walk Track- Temporary closure of section of trackMelba Gully Walk Track- the top section of the track has been impacted by a fallen tree which has damaged the walk track.The walk track is open from the car park to Annes Cascade, the top section only is closed.