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Trentham Falls (Victoria's highest?)

Travis Easton

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Now Trentham Falls is an impressive drop and after some good rain is really worth a visit. It is unfortunately promoted in a way that simply isn’t true with every website I have seen promoting them as Victoria’s highest single-drop waterfall at 32m high. N.B. The site I used to link to has recently updated this claim to ‘one of the longest’ although they’re holding fast to the 32m claim.

The 32m height claim is a well informed one however as it makes them slightly higher than it’s two most well known rivals to the ‘highest single drop’ claim. These waterfalls are:
Wannon Falls near Hamilton which are said to be 30m high.
Paradise Falls near Whitfield which are said to be 31m high.
(sorry no pics, search rb for some).

Unfortunately the 32m high claim has some issues in that it is actually 26m high having personally measured them from two different spots (to confirm accuracy) on the 12/1/2012 with my Leica D8 laser distance measurer. Dacre Smyth in his book ‘Victorian Waterfalls’ also measured them at 26m. The 1885 ‘Victorian Railways Tourist’s Guide’ gives the height at the precise sounding 93 feet which equates to 28m.

During my own travels I have measured the single tiered Bindaree Falls near Mt Stirling at 34.1m high so the above is superseded anyway.

Slender Falls

Very few people know of or have visited Slender Falls in the Otways but they are estimated to be between 60m and 80m high which would more than double the current claimant to the highest single tiered drop in Victoria. Access however is very difficult and dangerous so it will never be visited by many.

Another waterfall in the Otways called Wangerip Falls are according to the map 80m high. I haven’t visited this drop but the picture of them in 250 Victorian Waterfalls confirm they are also a single drop plunge waterfall although they don’t look to be anywhere near 80m high, they are probably over 26m though.

Dandongadale Falls

Middle Dandongadale Falls by Kevin McGennan (reproduced here with Kevin’s kind permission)

The highest waterfall in Victoria is Dandongadale Falls which come in at a massive 255m. On the World Waterfall Database it is claimed this 255m is in one drop which it isn’t, it has a few tiers but the highest single drop is way over 26m. According to 250 Victoria Waterfalls , Dandongadale Falls was measured by land surveyor Alan Monger in conjunction with the Benalla Bushwalking Club on 21/1/1990. Alan measured the falls at 255.2m high with the first ‘sheer’ drop (the one pictured) coming in at a whopping 129m (which is 497% greater than Trentham Falls). Out of interest the above website claims these are the 314th highest waterfall in the world.

Other large waterfalls of interest:

Wulgermerang Falls, Little River Falls

Two more single tier drops (at least they’re single tier in flood) which from memory and what my pics reinforce would blow the ol’ 26m mark out of the water (pun intended, sorry about the picture quality taken way back in 1995 on neg film with a point and shoot then scanned and the Wulgermerang Falls shot is heavily cropped).

Little River is a tributary of the Snowy River and Wulgermerang Creek is a tributary of the Little River. This gorge is promoted as the deepest in Victoria at 600m deep. Interestingly enough the original entry on parkweb had a picture of Little River Falls followed by a caption that the falls themselves were 600m high. Unfortunately the picture was of another Little River Falls located just outside of Melbourne in Cathedral Ranges State Park not the Little River Falls in Snowy River National Park (I have visited both of them). I emailed this information to parkweb and they thanked me changed the picture and caption and in their response said “I encourage you to contact us again if you discover any discrepencies within the information provided on Parkweb. Our main objective is to ensure that the information we provide is correct.”

Kind of half expecting to be fobbed off so it was nice to have my information acted upon. Hopefully this little post might prompt a similar response, although somehow I think the local tourism board is going to be more interested in what sounds and promotes well rather than what is strictly factual.

Another bizarre Victorian waterfall title claimant is Agnes Falls in the Strzelecki’s. To quote the official government created ‘Melbourne, Victoria’ website : ‘At 59 metres, Agnes Falls are the highest single span falls in Victoria.’

I can’t work out what this means or how any part of it bares any resemblance to reality but if you speak to locals in the area they proudly sprout this misinformation. As it is neither a single span nor the highest I’m thinking they may be referring to it’s width as it is quite wide. Problem is that this width is artificially created by a man-made weir so even that claim is meaningless. That said is a beautiful drop that is well worth a visiting.

I suppose everyone wants there local attraction to be the biggest and best so they talk it up and don’t let the facts get in the way of some good promotion. In the end it does make them look a tad foolish though.

Thanks for wading through my rave, hope it was of interest.


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