Henderson Falls taken during Chasing Waterfalls trip to Lorne, Victoria

Henderson Falls, Great Otway National Park, Lorne – Victoria, Australia

Henderson Falls taken during Chasing Waterfalls trip to Lorne, Victoria

If you’ve read my post on Won Wondah Falls, you’ll pretty much know how to get to Henderson Falls. You might want to skip down to the part that continues on from Won Wondah, because there’s some essential pre-knowledge required. If not, your journey begins right here. At Sheoak Falls Picnic Area.

The carpark is accessed via an unsealed road which is in average condition, though my Suzuki Swift hire car managed just fine. 

From the carpark, continue straight towards the picnic area.

You’ll know you’re in the right direction because you’ll see the below signs.

Head along the flat, earthy path towards the thick trees.

Be sure to stop along the way and view the nature signs along the way. You’ll be admist a fern paradise – take it all in. 

Crossing a small wooden bridge, this track is pretty easy.

Though it becomes dark at times in the thick, green ferns. I had to duck my head under them, carefully holding fronds out away from my body.

Thankfully, the path is well signed and easy to follow.

The nature walk is a loop which can be exercised here, though my friend Brad and I continued toward the road.

Once we hit the road, the track continued up to the left for Lower Kalimna Falls and Upper Kalimna Falls, and to the right for Won Wondah Falls and Henderson Falls.

Obviously we continued to the right, with Won Wondah Falls a mere 1km away, and Henderson a further 500 meters from there.

Walking with ease past bright yellow Australian wattle, it was a pleasant trail.

Soon we reached another intersection, at which point the signs indicate to continue straight.

Another sign told us we were headed the right way.

Arriving at the slight deviation to Won Wondah Falls was a sign indicating that the track continues to Henderson Falls and the Canyon. 

After a brief pitstop at Won Wondah Falls, we continued this way.

While it looks like a flat, easy track, it was actually extremely muddy.

Follow the signs for Henderson Falls.

Soon the mud became thicker. It was very wet, squelchy and deep. I was thankful I had chosen to hike in my Hunter gumboots, and would highly recommend a similar choice. Lorne often experiences high rainfall, especially in the winter time, but even in September the trails were muddy.

Shortly after the muddiest part of the trek, a bridge appeared in the distance.

We crossed it carefully, as the wood was damp and slippery.

The stream trickled by us, which was a good sign.

Finally, one last bridge led the way to the base of the falls.

And they were magnificent. I enjoyed Henderson Falls so much because you could walk right up to their base, shown in the below photo.

I would say September was a perfect time to visit, as the falls were still in full flow, yet not so heavy that you couldn’t walk right up to them. 

I remember the cold spray whisking into the air and landing on my face as I peered up at them.

It was a stunning secluded little spot, and while other tourists did come and go, it was by no means crowded. If I’m being honest, it was probably one of my favourites. But shh, don’t tell the other waterfalls!

After sitting and admiring their beauty, Brad and I headed back towards the Sheoak Falls Picnic area to munch on some food before beginning the long journey to Lower and Upper Kalimna Falls. Click here for Lower Kalimna Falls! And here for Upper Kalimna Falls (Lower are on the way).

Quick Facts

Last visitSeptember 2017
Best TimeJune-September
Start / FinishSheoak Falls Picnic Area (lower carpark)
Unsealed RoadsYes, average condition but manageable in 2WD
Walking distance1.8km one way, very muddy after rain
Time1.5hrs one way
DifficultyRelatively Easy
FacilitiesToilets, Picnic Tables and Shelter at Sheoak Picnic Area
Lat & Long38.5485° S, 143.9337° E
NearbyWon Wondah Falls, Phantom Falls, Lower Kalimna Falls, Upper Kalimna Falls, Sheoak Falls & Swallow Cave
WatercourseHenderson Creek

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