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.
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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.
Lemonade Creek Walk (Great Otway National Park)
Lemonade Creek Walking Track ClosureDue 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 TrackA 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 closureBrown 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 noticeAlcoa 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 ClosureThis 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 ClosedA 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.