Toorongo Falls @ Noojee

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img_3148Forever chasing waterfalls, forever chasing impossible dreams.

A New Year resolution I set for myself this year is to expand my roadtrips to cover more ground,  in particular, explore more of the Gippsland and Victorian High Country areas. Given that I have covered most of the Yarra Valley, now would be a good time to broaden horizons and move onto another region and explore what is out there. Keeping to that resolution, a fortnight ago we visited Toorongo Falls in Noojee, Gippsland.

Another week, another waterfall adventure. Check out my previous waterfall adventures at Sheoak Falls and Erskine Falls.

The drive to Toorongo Falls was lots of fun. The start was pretty dull, however, as we were just traveling along the Princes Freeway, a straight road with not much to see. The funny thing about my car’s GPS is that is doesn’t like to follow the norm. Rather than continue along the Princes Freeway, it took us on a more scenic route. This is where the fun begins. We got to twist through forests, travel through open farmlands, and up mountains. Eventually, the windy country road joins back up with the main road called Main Neerim Road. It was very scenic, with valleys of alpine trees below us.

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Photo | The car-park at Toorongo Galls

The hike to Toorongo Falls from the car park took about 25-30min and is roughly 1km in length. Find out more info here. It was a lovely walk as we breathed in the fresh forest smells.  The walk was easy with some minor sections that were uphill. img_3102

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Apart from breathing in the fresh air, the walk was also very scenic walk with the Toorongo River running alongside us. Of course I had to take (multiple) photos of it. At the time, I didn’t have an ND filter to block out excess light, so I had to rely yet again my sunglasses to do the job. img_3052

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Toorongo Falls was absolutely charming. I think of the recent waterfall adventures that I have been on, Toorongo Falls would definitely be the best one. Unlike Sheoak Falls and Erskine Falls which only has one drop, Toorongo Falls has multiple drops falling down at once making it that much more grand, beautiful and photogenic.

Of the two photos below, the one on the top was taken using a higher shutter speed (1/100th of a second) and the photo on the bottom was taken using a relatively slower shutter speed (1/2 of a second). If I had an ND filter, I could taken the shutter speed to an even slower speed, say 4 seconds. That would have made the water even silkier. Although some people prefer the more “natural” looking style of photos such as the photo on the top, I personally like it when the water is more silky and smooth.What about you?

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Photo | Taken using a high shutter speed, so you don’t get the smooth silky water effect.
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Photo | Taken using a slow shutter speed in order to achieve the smooth water effect.

As usual, time was not on our side. We still needed to visit the tree-lined drive in Traralgon. Rather than continue the walk to Amphitheater Falls, we decided to turn back to the car park after stopping over at Toorongo Falls.  Below is a map showing the walking trail.

Map of Toorongo Falls Track
Photo | Image taken from http://www.visitbawbaw.com.au/walking-cycling/toorongo-falls-track. If we had more time, we would have continued done the full loop (car park -> to Toorongo Falls -> to Amphitheater Falls -> back to car park)
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