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Last week parts of Victoria had unprecedented rainfalls (525mm at Mt Buffalo) so I thought I’d squeeze in a day of waterfall bagging on the weekend. This area had 191mm in the last week and 41mm the day before my trip so there was water everywhere. To my delight I found four unmapped drops on Sunday coming in at 22m high, 3.1m high, 10.5m high and a massive 45m high. This one was the top tier of the 22m high drop, this tier being 5.7m. My detailed studies of topographic maps and knowledge of local geology paying off yet again. It really is the most amazing feeling when you come across such amazing places that have somehow escaped the notice of cartographers despite being within 100km of a city of three million.

This particular drop is a mere 150m from a well used bitumin road and there were no sign of paths, passage, rubbish, nothing. I’m sure some locals would know its here but seriously how can such a gorgeous drop be basically unknown? The other detail of interest is this is the first overhung, plunge waterfall I’ve ever seen with a granite geology. Usually granite drops are lower angle slab affairs.

If you’d like to know where this and 180 other drops are near Melbourne hopefully I’ll finish my very long in the gestation book this year (or next) which will be called ’Melbourne’s Waterfalls’ and you can buy it, so no hints before then.

The whole drop looked like this (you can just see the top of the pictured tier in the upper part of the frame):

I’ll put this trip in a journal when I get around to it.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L @ 51mm
Filter: Circular Polariser
ISO: 100
Shutter Speed: 1/10th sec
Aperture: f/8
When: 11:27am 4/3/2012

For more shots from this area check out my Melbournes Waterfalls gallery.

$30 a month of photography related profits go to the Wilderness Society

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melbournes waterfalls, travis easton, new drop

Australia’s rugged landscape is an important part of my life and over many years I have explored some of the more remote parts of it on foot, ski, kayak and rope. I usually travel alone so I can take my time capturing the essence of these places without distraction. Life slows down and after a while I feel like I begin to merge with the land, nature takes me into her confidence and changes me. I hope you enjoy the fruit of these excursions.

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  • Donovan wilson
    Donovan wilsonover 2 years ago

    Hi Trav looks like you had a good day out i have been away with the family and only got home tonight hence the not returning you phone call .Don

  • I remembered that after I rang you, missed out bud it was an awesome day to be out and about. Hope the weather allowed a bit of fun on the island not such good timing with the weather for a beach trip with the fam. All the best.

    – Travis Easton

  • Donovan wilson
    Donovan wilsonover 2 years ago

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  • ???

    – Travis Easton

  • Donovan wilson
    Donovan wilsonover 2 years ago

    GRRRRRRRRRRR

  • Tony Middleton
    Tony Middletonover 2 years ago

    Great looking drop in the top image Trav !
    A most satisfying day indeed :)

  • Sure was, bummer you couldn’t make it.

    – Travis Easton

  • helmutk
    helmutkover 2 years ago

    Great find and capture Trav !

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 2 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • NickMonk
    NickMonkover 2 years ago

    You’re an enigma mate, keep up the good work!

  • ha an enigma, ‘a person of puzzling or contradictory character’ well I think waterfall hunting is the most logical thing on earth, thanks Nick ;-)

    – Travis Easton

  • LindaR
    LindaRover 2 years ago

    how I wish I could be there, step inside this beautiful curtained waterfall and soak up all this untouched beauty ~ really Travis ~ you are truly a “discoverer” at heart, safe travels my friend and thanks for sharing your finds ~ a treat for my day xx

  • Often on first trips I’m a little focused on getting the shot, measuring it, GPS co-ordinates, etc and sometimes forget to soak it in. Also in conditions as rare as this I’m really focused on checking out as many spots as I can so tend to move on pretty quickly. On getting home I thought, what was I thinking why didn’t I get behind that beautiful curtain of water and take a shot looking out?

    Thanks Linda

    – Travis Easton

  • LindaR
    LindaRover 2 years ago

    this could be a wonderful image for your book cover/jacket!! xx

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderover 2 years ago

    What a wonderful find… excellent work!!

  • Amazing huh, thanks John

    – Travis Easton

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