WATERFALLS must be among Mother Nature's splashiest displays and if you want to appreciate this spectacular cascade in all its glory, winter is the best season to do so.
South West Victoria is home to a bevy of beautiful waterfalls, including Hopkins Falls near Warrnambool and Wannon Falls in the Southern Grampians.
At 90 metres wide, Hopkins Falls is thought to be the widest waterfall in Victoria, while Wannon Falls boasts a spectacular 30-metre drop into the pool of water below.
To the east of Warrnambool, the Great Otway National Park experiences one of the highest rainfalls in the state, resulting in waterfalls that flow all year. Hopetoun Falls and Triplet Falls are breathtaking during winter.
North or Warrnambool, the Grampians is also famous for a bevy of beautiful waterfalls, such as MacKenzie Falls and Silverband Falls.
As well as waiting for that inevitable dump of rain, ensure you do some research before you leave home to ensure you get the most out of your visit.
The official Great Ocean Road website has a comprehensive guide to waterfalls in the region (visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/waterfalls), while also worth visiting is the Facebook page aptly named Victoria's waterfalls. Here, members post images, information and personal observations of waterfalls they've visited throughout the state.
This is particularly helpful for up-to-date details on how active waterfalls are at any given time of the year, as well as available access. Paths and roads can be closed for maintenance or if there's a risk to public safety, so be sure to check this before you make the trip.
The terrain surrounding waterfalls can be treacherous, so it's important to always stick to designated tracks and don't risk the safety or you or anyone else in the pursuit for that perfect photo. Happy gazing!
This story is from the winter edition of Out & About magazine. Click here to read the entire publication online.