McKenzie Falls - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
McKenzie Falls, Grampians, Victoria
McKenzie Falls - FURTHER INFORMATION
McKenzie Falls - Grampians visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'McKenzie Falls' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Victoria.
Panorama taken at the foot of the famous McKenzie Falls in the Grampians National Park, north of Halls Gap the main town in the area. McKenzie Falls is the best known of the many natural wonders found in the Park. Throughout the 1990s and 2000's drought has hit this region hard but these Falls have remained and make a welcome sight in the dusty outback. The McKenzie river flows north-westward through Zumsteins towards Mt. Zero.
A well constructed pathway leads to the Falls. It takes around an hour for the return trip at a comfortable pace, but be aware that in places the path is steep and caution is needed. The path departs from the kiosk in the carpark, just off the Lake Wartook Rd. The kiosk is the only one in the Grampians NP. The path offers many viewpoints for stunning photos along the way.
Nearby the Reid Lookout has a trail leading to a rocky escarpment known as the "Jaws of Death", so named for their shape. Overlooking Lake Wartook, this path is a well worth a visit for the more active, a challenging half hour climb and passing some popular cliff faces for rock climbing.
In 2006, that area was badly destroyed by bushfires which raged through the National Park and destroyed around 47% of vegetation. Regeneration has been swift and successful but in some areas it is best to check with the rangers station information center for updates about best routes of access.