Stevensons Falls in the Otways has reopened following a $2.35M upgrade

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Stevensons Falls in the Otways has reopened following a $2.35M upgrade

Words by Staff Writer

Stevensons Falls has undergone some majestic upgrades, just in time for a summer escape.

Get ready to embark on a waterfall adventure this summer, as Stevensons Falls in the Otways reopens its gates with a stunning transformation. The Allan Labor Government has invested a whopping $2.35 million to elevate this iconic site into a premier ecotourism destination, just in time for the festive season.

The highlight of the upgrades is the 500-meter walkway to the base of the waterfall, now fully accessible for people of all abilities, making it one of the longest walkways to a waterfall in the country. Stevensons Falls has truly become a haven for nature enthusiasts and those seeking a picturesque escape.

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But that’s not all—the makeover includes a new viewing platform at the base of the waterfall, a convenient toilet block, pedestrian bridge, and expanded parking facilities. Two additional trails have been crafted to enhance the visitor experience—the Redwoods Boardwalk, showcasing magnificent Californian Redwoods, and the Blue Spruce Walk, leading adventurers alongside the Gellibrand River.

For day visitors, a dedicated picnic area awaits, complete with picnic tables and river access, providing an ideal setting for families. The larger car park ensures a hassle-free visit, making it easier than ever to explore the falls.

And for those who wish to extend their stay, the adjacent campground has undergone a facelift, featuring a new toilet, landscaping, and drainage works, promising a comfortable and enjoyable outdoor experience.

This revitalisation project is part of Victoria’s Great Outdoors initiative, a $106.6 million investment aimed at enhancing walking trails, campgrounds, four-wheel drive tracks, and visitor facilities across the state’s parks and forests.

Minister for Environment, Steve Dimopoulos, expressed excitement about the reopening, anticipating a growth in the number of visitors to Stevensons Falls. “More than 80,000 people visit Stevenson Falls every year and we expect that number to grow as more people to come and enjoy its great views and new trails.”

Member for Western Victoria, Jacinta Ermacora, shared the excitement, highlighting the significance of having this iconic site reopened just in time for the holidays. Stevensons Falls is poised to become a major attraction in the Otways, inviting more people to relish the beauty of this pristine part of the state.

Nestled in the Otways, Stevensons Falls beckons as an ideal day trip or overnight stay. The site boasts a spectacular waterfall, a scenic picnic spot, and a spacious campground nestled in the picturesque valley beside the Gellibrand River. For a longer stay, the spacious campground offers 44 designated campsites surrounded by giant Californian redwoods. With wood-fired BBQs, picnic tables, and accessible toilets, campers can enjoy the enchanting waterfalls within a short walk from their sites.

To get there, head south from Forrest on Forrest Apollo Bay Road, turn right at Upper Gellibrand Road, and travel for 4.5 km to reach the campground. After crossing the bridge and taking a right turn, a short distance will lead you to the picnic area, marking the beginning of the easy, all-abilities walk.

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