Phantom Falls Walk

1 h to 1 h 30 min

3.4 km

↑ 107 m
↓ -107 m

Hard track
Starting near the Allenvale Carpark on Allenvale Road, this walk follows a track along the Saint George River leading to Phantom Falls and back. The path to the falls starts past a few houses and fields, following along the luscious river bank and then up through the forest. The diverse scenery, the lush nature and the wonderful Pantom Falls are all highlights of this walk. Many birds can be seen and heard, and wild kangaroos can also be spotted grazing through the trees along the way. The best time to see the falls in full flow is during winter and autumn, as they can dry up in summer. The trail can get quite muddy and slippery, and appropriate footwear is recommended. The last section has a steep 500m uphill climb, but seeing the waterfall up close makes the effort worthwhile. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-38.5486552,143.9585832)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Great Ocean Road, B100
  • Turn on to Great Ocean Road, B100 then drive for 27.8 km
  • Turn right onto Stirling Street and drive for another 120 m
  • Turn left onto Dorman Street and drive for another 155 m
  • Turn slight left onto Deans Marsh Road, C151 and drive for another 710 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Ocean Road, B100 and drive for another 350 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Otway Street and drive for another 880 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Allenvale Road and drive for another 1.5 km
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Allenvale Road.
After another 15 m turn right.
Allenvale Carpark.
After another 195 m cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
After another 440 m continue straight.
After another 85 m come to the "cascades" (20 m on your right).
After another 920 m continue straight.
After another 20 m turn right.
After another 15 m continue straight.
Then pass a seat (on your left).
Then come to the viewpoint.
About 10 m past the end is a viewpoint.
About 25 m past the end is "Phantom Falls".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 1.7 km to get back to the start.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Phantom Falls Walk

Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 3.4 km
Time 1 h to 1 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (2/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Seat: There is one 1.7 km from the start.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
1.7 km[seat]
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