Exploring the Natural Splendour: Toorongo Falls Noojee in Gippsland, Australia

  • Location: Toorongo Falls Reserve, Nooje
  • Distance: 2.2km return
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Grade: Level 2 – No experience required. The track is hardened gravel or compacted surface and may have a gentle hill section or sections and some steps. Walks up to 10km.
  • Dogs allowed 🐕
  • No booking required
  • Camping 🏕️
  • Fishing 🎣
  • Waterfalls
  • Walking 🚶‍♀️
  • Suitable for 2WD vehicles 🚗

Facilities available

  • Toilets 🚻
  • Suitable for small caravans (unpowered) 🏕️
  • Bush camping (unpowered) 🏕️
  • Picnic tables 🧺
  • Fire pit  🔥

Walk Start: Toorongo Falls day visitor area
Walk Finish: Toorongo Falls day visitor area

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Gippsland region in Victoria, Australia, lies a hidden gem of nature’s grandeur – Toorongo Falls. A haven for nature enthusiasts, hikers, and anyone seeking tranquility amid breathtaking landscapes, Toorongo Falls offers a unique and captivating experience that’s sure to leave an indelible mark on your heart.

Images credit to: Roaming Downunder

The Magic of Toorongo Falls

Toorongo Falls is a  impressively tall waterfall creating a spectacle of natural beauty that’s both awe-inspiring and soothing to the senses. The smaller Amphitheatre Falls, on the adjacent Toorongo river, is a bonus waterfall to the Toorongo Falls. This natural wonder presents an enchanting sight that draws visitors from near and far.

Getting There:

The journey to Toorongo Falls is a part of the adventure itself. Head east from Noojee on the Mount Baw Baw Tourist Road for approximately four (4) km and take a left turn into Toorongo Valley Road. Follow this bitumen road for approximately five (5) km.

After crossing the third bridge, the road turns into a well-formed gravel surface. Site One is accessed on the right after about 300 m along this road.

The Hiking Experience:
One of the best ways to truly immerse yourself in the beauty of Toorongo Falls is by embarking on a hiking journey through its surrounding trails. The Toorongo Falls Reserve offers well-maintained walking tracks suitable for various fitness levels.

The short yet rewarding hike to the falls will take you through towering forests, serene fern gullies, and bubbling creeks. A circular track through the Toorongo Falls Reserve that goes to the spectacular viewing platforms for Toorongo and Amphitheatre Falls.

Upper Toorongo Falls:
Your first stop along the hiking trail will likely be the Upper Toorongo Falls. As you approach, the sound of rushing water grows louder, building anticipation for the breathtaking view that awaits.

The falls plunge gracefully over a moss-covered rock face, creating a mesmerising dance of water and light. The mist that rises from the cascade adds an ethereal touch to the surroundings, making it a favourite spot for photographers and nature lovers alike.

Lower Toorongo Falls/Amphitheatre Falls:
Continuing along the trail, you’ll soon reach the Lower Toorongo Falls. This portion of the falls offers a different perspective, with the water descending in tiers, creating a captivating symphony of sounds and colours.

The viewing platform here allows you to take in the majesty of the falls from a comfortable vantage point, making it an ideal spot for reflection and rejuvenation.

A Sanctuary:
Toorongo Falls isn’t just about the waterfalls themselves; it’s also a haven for local wildlife. As you traverse the trails, keep an eye out for native birds, including lyrebirds, parrots, and kookaburras. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a shy wallaby or kangaroo among the trees. The diverse ecosystem adds to the sense of wonder and connection to nature that the area provides.

Breathe in the refreshing essence of the forest as you trek to the summit of the falls along the 2.2km Toorongo & Amphitheatre Falls Loop. Continue your journey to Amphitheatre Falls to round off your immersive waterfall exploration.

Stay attentive to catch glimpses of bats, sugar gliders, and possums inhabiting the lush eucalyptus thicket. Embrace your adventurous spirit and take a refreshing plunge into a invigorating swimming hole located above Amphitheatre Falls.

Tips for a Memorable Visit:

  • Pack Essentials: Bring along comfortable walking shoes, a water bottle, insect repellent, and sunscreen. The Australian sun can be quite strong, even on cooler days.
  • Capture the Beauty: Don’t forget your camera or smartphone to capture the breathtaking scenery. The falls, the lush vegetation, and the wildlife offer plenty of photo opportunities.
  • Respect Nature:  Take only photographs and leave no trace of your visit to ensure its preservation for future generations.

Discover serenity at the Toorongo Falls Picnic Area:

Where a leisurely picnic unfolds beneath the majestic canopy of towering mountain grey gum and mountain ash eucalyptus trees. Let the melodic symphony of the Toorongo River create the perfect backdrop to your outdoor reprieve.

This haven boasts an array of inviting picnic tables, accompanied by a conveniently located toilet block to cater to your comfort.

Nestled at the threshold of adventure, the Toorongo Falls Picnic Area marks the commencement of the captivating walking trails leading to both Toorongo Falls and Amphitheatre Falls. Embark on your exploration from this very point, and let the natural wonders of the Gippsland region unveil themselves in all their glory.

Introducing the Toorongo Falls Campground
An idyllic haven nestled beside the meandering Toorongo River. This spacious, grassy sanctuary offers an array of generous campsites, each providing a canvas for your outdoor adventure.

Whether you’re pitching a tent or parking your vehicle, this campground accommodates both, offering a collection of fire pits and picnic tables to enhance your stay.

Accessible to all types of vehicles, including sizeable caravans, the Toorongo Falls Campground ensures that everyone can partake in its natural splendor. Immerse yourself in the tranquil atmosphere as you take a leisurely stroll alongside the river, following its gentle course upstream. This scenic amble leads you to the entrance of the Toorongo Falls Walk, where your journey into the heart of nature begins.

In Conclusion:
Toorongo Falls in Gippsland, Australia, is more than just a destination; it’s an experience that touches the soul. Whether you’re a nature lover, an adventure seeker, or simply someone looking for a serene escape, this hidden treasure offers an unforgettable journey into the heart of Australia’s natural beauty.

From the enchanting waterfalls to the thriving wildlife, Toorongo Falls invites you to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with the wonders of the natural world.