Day Trips from Melbourne: Toorongo Falls Reserve, Gippsland
Less than a 2 hour drive east of Melbourne.
Toorongo Reserve packs in not one but two waterfalls along a relatively short circuit walk, a perfect day trip near Melbourne if you need to get out the city and experience some rainforest in a peaceful idyllic setting.
An easy day out.
I’ve been to this spot half a dozen times in the past couple of years, it’s one of my favourites as its easy to get to, plenty of parking, the circuit is a nice length and reasonably easy, and there are toilet facilities at the car park which is always a bonus.
There are a handful of small towns along the way in which to buy lunch and coffee. Neerim South is your best bet as it has a bakery and an IGA. Its also the last stop to get fuel if you are running low.
Photographing the Falls?
I love photographing this place! As with most falls it really pumps after a bit of rain and you’re really spoilt for options. The main Toorongo Falls has a viewing platform literally right on it, and the cascades a bit further around the circuit has lots of spots to setup the tripod.
I’ve explored quite a lot off track here, there are some good shots to be had if you are brave enough to venture off the track across fallen logs and boulders, but take care – it is extremely slippery!!
Have I really gone and made a youtube..?
Turns out..yes. I filmed a few bits of my last trip out to the falls one week day after some heavy rain, its much easier to make awkward clips of yourself when theres no one else around! Most of it’s filmed badly on my rather useless iphone 6+ and an ancient gopro hero 3 with batteries that refuse to hold charge.
What else is there to do in the area?
Noogee Trestle Bridge! It’s not far from Toorongo and definitely worth checking out if you have the time. It is huge! The tallest surviving wooden trestle bridge in Victoria, according to the internet.
Check out this visitmelbourne.com page for a bit more info: http://bit.ly/2YcuwxH
From Melbourne cbd head east along Princes Freeway taking the Drouin exit towards Noojee (C426). Then east 4km and take a left onto Toorongo Falls Road.
Travel time: Allow 2 hours
To do: Toorongo Falls viewing platform, Cascade Falls walking circuit, picnic tables.
Toilet Facilities: Yes