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.
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.
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!
|Start / Finish
|Sheoak Falls Picnic Area (lower carpark)
|Yes, average condition but manageable in 2WD
|1.8km one way, very muddy after rain
|1.5hrs one way
|Toilets, Picnic Tables and Shelter at Sheoak Picnic Area
|Lat & Long
|38.5485° S, 143.9337° E
|Won Wondah Falls, Phantom Falls, Lower Kalimna Falls, Upper Kalimna Falls, Sheoak Falls & Swallow Cave