Erskine Falls

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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.

  • Lemonade Creek Walk (Great Otway National Park)

    Lemonade Creek Walking Track Closure

    Due to an unsafe pedestrian bridge, Lemonade Creek Walking Track will be closed for the foreseeable future. 

  • Great Otway National Park

    Part closure of Gentle Annie Track

    A section of Gentle Annie Track within the Great Otway National Park is closed due to track works being undertaken until 31 December.
    Gentle Annie Track is closed at the Old Coach Road end and at the intersection of Moggs Creek Track and Gentle Annie Track. 

    Extension of Seasonal Track closure

    Brown Town Track within the Great Otway National Park has remained closed due to ongoing wet weather for public safety and protect track and surrounding areas from damage. 

  • 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)

    Great Ocean Walk Section Closure

    This section of the Great Ocean Walk west from Johanna Beach Campground through to Ryans Den access track (14.2km) is closed.
    Subsidence of sections of the rock wall cliff face have resulted in large boulders falling onto the track near Ryans Den. With recent severe weather conditions, there is potential for further landslides and rock fall in this area. It is not safe for people to walk this section of the trail.
    If walking from Johanna Beach Campground, you will need to 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. 

    Melanesia Track damage- walkers take care

    Melanesia Track and the Great Ocean Walk between Johanna and Ryans Den have been damaged by 4WD activity. Walkers are advised to take care while accessing Melanesia Beach as the track is very slippery and rutted. 

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Triplet Falls and Little Aire Falls Closed

    A full track closure of Philips Tk is needed to complete essential safety repair of a track surface slippage and some compromise to a retaining wall due to heavy spring rainfall events.
    Phillips Track provides the only safe entry and exit into the Triplet Falls day visitor area, and the necessary repairs to this track and connected infrastructure will ensure safety is maintained over a busy summer visitation period. Access to Youngs Track and Brownstown Track (closed ongoing due to seasonal closure) is also impacted by this closure of Phillips Track.

Similar experiences

 
Water cascades down the granite rockface at Eurobin Falls.

Ladies Bath and Eurobin Falls

At Ladies Bath Falls, water cascades into a perfectly clear pool of water, while at Upper and Lower Eurobin Falls, Crystal Creek spills spectacularly over a formidable granite escarpment.
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