We arrived at Erskine Falls closing in to 4pm and yet there were still so many people around. I had to wait ages before I could get a photo of the waterfall empty of people. It was a complete different story told when we visited Sheoak Falls. There were far less people, making it much more easier to take photos. In terms of beauty, I would say both waterfalls were just as beautiful though Erskine Falls would definitely be better suited for those after more of an adventure. You will find out why if you keep reading.
When we arrived at the Erskine Falls car-park, I immediately thought of 1000 Steps in the Dandenong Ranges. The layout was very similar. There were so many people that cars had to be parked along the steep road side, just like at 1000 steps.
The walk to Erskine Falls took far less time than Sheoak Falls but required much more effort because of the 240 steps (another similarity to 1000 Steps ha!) I hate going down stairs because I always have this feeling that I am going to fall.
For those who don’t want to walk down the stairs, Erskine Falls can still be viewed from a upper platform though the views aren’t as spectacular than if you were at the base.
The Upper Platform
The Lower Platform
Following the steps down to the lower platform, we saw a crowd of people flocked on the platform taking photos. Erskine Falls was much taller than what I had in mind. I read on google that the plunge was 30 meters but that meant nothing to me until I actually saw it with my own eyes. It was beautiful.
Stepping Stone Adventures
For those after more of an adventure, you can follow the path behind the lower platform onto the stepping stones. Follow the rocks and you can get up close and personal with the waterfall. It was fun despite holding a tripod, a bag, and a camera. There were a few times I felt myself slip on the rocks, but thankfully I didn’t fall into the river.
Other things to do when in Lorne:
- For a scenic view of the ocean and the very unique looking St George River, a visit to Teddy’s Lookout is a must.
- Sheoak Falls is just as beautiful as Erskine Falls with far less people, though smaller in size and height. The hike to Sheoak Falls, although longer than Erskine, is far more leisurely and scenic.