Lower Kalimna Falls
Lower Kalimna Falls, near the beautiful town of Lorne on Australia's Great Ocean Road, is one of the more beautiful waterfalls in the Otway Ranges.
Ever since I heard about this unique waterfall, I have been determined to capture it on film in all its splendour. I've been here a handful of times now, but due to track closures and unsuitable weather, the ultimate shot has proven elusive!
Lower Kalimna Falls is made unique by its amazing cave that allows you to get behind the waterfall. It really opens up so many photographic opportunities, and it's one of my favourite Otway waterfalls.
The walk to Kalimna Falls runs along the route of the old timber tramway which was used to transport timber from here to Lorne a few kilometres away. You can still see remnants and artefacts of the tramway strewn along the sids of the path as you venture further in. Old bits of track, chain and old sleepers are still clearly visible.
You start from the Sheoak Picnic Ground and follow the path of Sheoak Creek. The walk itself is very beautiful, and there are a number of great views upstream that make for a good photo!
On your return, about half way you'll notice an alternate route back to the picnic ground. It's a little longer, but you'll be treated with more tramway relics as you walk through a cuttting where you can still see some of the old sleepers. This track follows the adjacent Little Sheoak Creek.
Kalimna Falls Walk:
Start/Finish: Sheoak Picnic Gound
Distance: 6km Return (lower falls) / 8km Return (upper falls)
Mike's Tip! You can cut your return walk by 4km if you drive a few km past Sheoak Picnic Ground... There's an access track that will take you straight to the falls!
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