A short drive from the Great Ocean Road, Beauchamp Falls is located in Otway National Park. It is an easy waterfall to hike to. Even though they say to allow 1.5 hours, it can easily be done in 45 minutes. The hike is downhill with an easy return ascent.
If you’re traveling along and looking for a great spot to camp for free, the parking area for Beauchamp Falls provides excellent grass to pitch a tent. Toilets are a short 30 second walk away.
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road was built by Australian soldiers who returned from World War I. It is the largest enduring war memorial in the world. The drive is absolutely gorgeous, and a must do for anyone. Make sure to visit all the beautiful, natural formations along the way!
Hopetoun Falls is approximately 5km from Beauchamp Falls. When you arrive, you’ll hear the gushing water before even seeing the falls. A viewing platform at the top allows you to see the falls through the forest canopy. There’s a nice place to picnic, but none for camping.
It’s worth-while to hike to the base of the falls for a spectacular view. The hike is downwards, the last half via a staircase. The return hike to Hopetoun Falls shouldn’t take more than 45 minutes.
John Batman, the son of a Sydney convict, arrived in what is now known as the Port Phillip district in 1835. He chose the site for a new city and is generally credited as being Melbourne’s colonial founder. Unfortunately, Dave hasn’t taken too many pictures of Melbourne. It’s Australia’s second largest city and has the most elaborate Victorian architecture of all Australian cities.
The Melbourne Observation Deck is located 253 meters (830 feet) above the city on the 55th floor of the Rialto Towers — the tallest office building in the southern hemisphere. The deck offers spectacular 360-degree views of Melbourne.
Otway Fly Treetop Walk
Located in Otway National Park, the Otway Fly Treetop Walk is 20 to 33 meters high, with an awesome lookout tower visitors can climb to 47 meters! For a further adrenalin rush, abseil from one of towers along the way.
Some fun facts regarding the Otway Treetop Walk:
- it is located in the most westerly rainforest in Australia
- the cantilever can supposedly hold 28 tonnes
- it’s the longest in the world at 600 meters in length
- it’s the tallest treetop walk in the world at 47 meters