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MacKenzie Falls

Grampians National Park (Gariwerd), Victoria (VIC), Australia


MacKenzie Falls is one of Victoria's largest and most spectacular waterfalls. It is only one of four falls in the Grampians National Park and it flows all year round, but is best viewed between June and October. After rain, torrents of water cascade over huge cliffs into a deep pool, sending fine sprays of rainbow mist high into the air above a stunning gorge.

It's located only in forty minutes drive (roughly 16km) west northwest from Halls Gap (a tourist hub and a small town in the heart of the Grampians National Park) on the Mount Victory Road. It's well signed and one of the most popular spots in the Grampians. From the Halls Gap drive west along the winding Mount Victory Road. After 5.5 kms turn right. At the T intersection turn left to get to Cranages car park. Facilities at Mackenzie Falls include a carpark, picnic area, toilets and a kiosk. There is lots of parking, though it can get very busy towards midday.

There are two main walks down the MacKenzie Falls Trail. You can either walk all the way to the bottom of the falls or to one of the lookouts at the top of the falls. The walk to the viewing platform is 1.9km return. The MacKenzie Falls viewing platform overlooks MacKenzie Falls and this lookout is easily accessible via wheelchair. The steepest walk taking walkers straight down to the bottom of the gorge where the giant waterfall crashes, filling the gorge with mist which is very refreshing in a hot day. The walk to the base of the falls is a 2km return walk. An easy stroll leads to a viewing platform overlooking the picturesque Broken Falls. To reach the base of MacKenzie Falls, follow the stepper signposted track near the kiosk. There are many other encounters with smaller waterfalls and cascading streams on the way to the gorge. Once you reach the base of the waterfall, return via the same track.

For mountain scenery of the Grampians National Park please check the Grampians National Park Stock Images Gallery in the alpine and mountain landscapes photo gallery.