If you love a pretty waterfall, then you can’t look past Steavenson Falls, Marysville. Marysville Australia is known for being a gateway township to the snow. It is also a great base for hiking and bushwalking
Steavenson Falls is around 1.5 hours from Melbourne. Best of all the Marysville Melbourne drive takes you some of the most spectacular forest in the state. So, whilst the falls might lure you in, the area also has a lot to offer.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VISITING STEAVENSON FALLS MARYSVILLE
Where is Marysville Victoria?
Marysville, Victoria is a 1.5 hour drive (approx 110km) north east of Melbourne.
Take the Eastern Freeway out of the city and then get onto Maroondah Highway. The drive is predominantly freeway, although you should plan to take it slow.
As you pass through Healesville, you’ll head into a region known as The Black Spur. This section of the road is extremely scenic. Think towering gums and tree ferns as tall as your house.
The roads are windy through The Black Spur, so take your time. Keep an eye out for rest stops and picnic spots. You simply can’t appreciate just how tall the trees are without standing next to one. Prepare to cast your eyes up skyward – the canopy is a long way up.
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How do I get to Steavenson Falls?
Marysville tourism is centred around the outdoors. It is a picturesque town, seated in a valley. It’s location is prime for those who love to bushwalk and hike.
Steavenson Falls is one of the closest Marysville hikes. The lower carpark is 4.5km from town along Falls Road. The route is well signed and it’s hard to make a wrong turn.
This Marysville falls trail can be started from the town centre if you would rather not drive. Take Pack Road and head onto the Tree Fern Gully Trail. It will take you around 1hour and 15 minutes to walk to the base.
The falls have been open to tourists since 1866, and for good reason – they’re spectacular!
What is parking like at Steavenson Falls?
Steavenson Falls Marysville features a paved carpark. Parking costs $3 per car.
The carpark features a viewing platform over the Steavenson River and a toilet block.Take time to visit the viewing platform and enjoy the view of the valley below.
Can I swim at Steavenson Falls?
Marysville, Vic relies heavily on Steavenson Falls. This is one of the waterfalls near Marysville that provides the township its water supply. Consequently, no swimming is allowed at Steavenson Falls.
Is Steavenson Falls dog friendly?
Yes! This Marysville falls trail is dog friendly. If you’d like to bring your dog along to Steavenson Falls, make sure to keep them on a lead at all times.
Are there toilets at Steavenson Falls?
Yes, there are toilets at Steavenson Falls. A modern toilet block with male, female and disabled toilets can be found in the carpark.
Are there picnic facilities at Steavenson Falls?
Yes, there are picnic facilities at Steavenson Falls. You will find a range of benches and tables in the open and under cover adjacent to the carpark.
What should I wear to Steavenson Falls?
This Marysville falls trail is mostly smooth and laid with gravel. A sturdy pair of shoes like runners will suffice.
Marysville Victoria weather tends to be a little cooler than in Melbourne, so pack a jacket just incase. If you’re visiting in summer, we’ve put together a handy guide on what to pack for Melbourne in summer.
How difficult is the Steavenson Falls hike?
Marysville hiking trails range in difficulty. The Steavenson Falls hike is one of the easier Marysville walking trails
The trail is well marked and covered in gravel. You may have to step over fallen branches or logs at times, so you will need to be able bodied.
We hiked with a toddler in a carrier and would recommend it for families with young children.
There are plenty of rest and photo stops along the way, so take your time and enjoy the 700 metre walk to the top.
Enjoy one of the easiest hikes near Marysville
On the way up
If you’re the kind of person who loves to experience beautiful views without a lot of physical exertion – this is the hike for you!
You can spot your first waterfall from the carpark. Keep walking around 300 metres to reach the base of the big one!
The base of the falls features a viewing platform where you can appreciate the full size of this pretty waterfall. At 350 metres tall, it is one of Victoria’s highest waterfalls.
As you ascend the mountainside, you’ll be immersed in sub tropical rainforest. Take the time to get up close to hollowed logs and vibrantly coloured fungi.
There are a series of small viewpoints where you can glimpse the valley below. Keep going – the summit is calling you!
Once you reach the top, you’ll cross a small bridge onto a viewing platform that has been built over the rocks. It’s a great view of the rolling hills of the Great Diving Range and township below. Its the easiest Marysville lookout to access by foot.
On the way down
On the way down you might notice a fork in the path. Take the detour and explore the lower trail.
This path provides access to the small weir and turbine that sends water into the township of Marysville Vic. This part of the Marysville falls trail is signposted with information about the turbine and its history, so stop and have a read.
This cross flow turbine is believed to be the only one of its kind in Australia. It was upgraded after the Black Saturday fires and sends power into the national grid. If you visit at night, the falls are lit until 11pm using power generated by the turbine.
Where to stay when visiting Steavenson Falls
If you’re on the hunt for Marysville waterfalls, don’t just come for the day! Marysville has a range of accommodation options, so make a weekend of it!
We love the Vibe Hotel on the main street. It’s cosy, well appointed, family friendly and even has its own restaurant. Read our Vibe Marysville review.
Plan your visit
WHAT | Steavenson Falls
WHERE | Falls Road, Marysville, Victoria
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