11th September 2015
Three Falls walk-Lorne
Leader: Ann Be
This walk should be called Three falls and a canyon! If I was more poetic I could have written a song to the tune of “Three coins in a fountain” but as I’m not, there will be no song!
We set off on this walk on Sunday 20th September after our adventurous walk the day before. It starts from the Allenvale car park and then through an orchard in which we saw three kangaroos enjoying the early morning sun. After this deceptively easy meander we climbed a very steep hill but after the climb we had great views of the surrounding hills. We walked through the forested area with the sun streaming through the foliage to Phantom Falls, about 15 metres high, where there was plenty of water coming over, after the recent rain.
Then it was on to the Canyon which is entered by a fairly steep drop down but then you are in a wonderland of magnificent ferns, moss covered trees and rocks and towering mountain ash. It is beautiful to walk through as the birds trill in the trees high above.
After a slow incline back out of the canyon we took a detour to Henderson Falls. These falls are also lovely to see with ferns surrounding the pool at the bottom of the falls. We spent some time here before retracing our steps to the main track. After this we were climbing a bit more and moved into more of the drier sclerophyll forest with lots of wattle just coming into flower, several different coloured heaths and other pretty wild flowers (sorry Paul B- I don’t know the names!). We then made a slight detour to Won Wondah falls which were more a series of cascades but it was nice to see and hear the water running over them. After this we made our way back to where we had left the cars.
Before we headed for home we drove back into Lorne and had some lunch.
During the walk we saw a few koalas due to the expert spotting by Tim the Koala Spotter. We would have all walked on by but he managed to see them. Thanks Ann for a terrific weekend and lovely walks, not to mention beautiful weather to explore the area.