Melbourne is known as the ‘cultural capital of Australia’ and its metropolitan area is home to many famous waterfalls. Each suburb has at least one waterfall that is worth seeing, whether it be for its natural beauty or historical significance.

The Yarra River and its tributaries wind through much of the city and often result in beautiful reaches of cascading water.

Abbotsford Convent is a unique place to visit not just for its history, but for the many wonderful waterfalls around it that can be seen while taking a walk through the expansive heritage site along the Yarra River. Here are some of the not-to-be-missed waterfalls around Melbourne.

Yarra River (Abbotsford Convent)

The Yarra River can be seen cascading down the natural rock face at Abbotsford Convent, near the old convent building on Victoria Street. The waterfall is beautiful to see from a distance or from close up as part of a walk along the Yarra River.

Yarra Falls (Arthurs Seat)

Located in the Dandenong Ranges near Arthurs Seat, Yarra Falls is a wonderful waterfall to visit that can be accessed by car or on foot from a walking track which starts at the car park on Nepean Highway just before you head up to Arthurs Seat.

Yarra River (Batesford)

Located north-west of Melbourne, near Batesford, and not far from Yarra Glen and Coldstream, is a wonderful waterfall on the Yarra River that can be accessed by car or on foot via walking tracks. It is located just off Warburton Highway on the old Coldstream Road, Batesford.

Yarra River (Dights Falls)

Located in Abbotsford near Dights Falls, this waterfall also has historical significance as it was known to have been used by river traders in the past. Walkers can enjoy the falls from the Yarra Promenade or take a stroll down the Abbotsford Convent Heritage Precinct.

Yarra River (Eltham)

Located in Eltham, about ten minutes from the center of Melbourne near Diamond Creek and Lower Plenty is this wonderful waterfall on the Yarra River that can be accessed by car or on foot via walking tracks. It is located just off Eltham-Yarra Glen Road.

Yarra River (Eltham Lower)

Located in the suburb of Eltham, about ten minutes from the center of Melbourne and near Diamond Creek and Eltham North is this wonderful waterfall on the Yarra River that can be accessed by car or on foot via walking tracks. It is located just off Lower Plenty Road.

Yarra River (Eltham Upper)

Located in the suburb of Eltham, about ten minutes from the center of Melbourne and near Diamond Creek and Eltham North is this wonderful waterfall on the Yarra River that can be accessed by car or on foot via walking tracks. It is located just off Eltham-Yarra Glen Road.

Yarra River (Gardiners Creek)

Located in Warrandyte, about 40 minutes from the city center of Melbourne and near Donvale, is this wonderful waterfall on Gardiners Creek which can be accessed by car or on foot via walking tracks. The track starts from Rowville Road, east of Warrandyte.

Pearcedale Falls (Silvan Reservoir)

Located in the south-eastern suburbs, Pearcedale Falls is a waterfall on Mitchells Creek that can be accessed by car or on foot via walking tracks and includes a lookout over the Silvan Reservoir.

Yarra River (Studley Park)

Located in the eastern suburbs, Studley Park is a wonderful waterfall on the Yarra River which can be accessed by car or on foot via walking tracks. The falls are best seen from Studley Park Road between Huntingdale Golf Course and Warrigal Road.

Yarra River (Thomson Dam)

Located in the northeastern suburbs, Thomson Dam is a delightful waterfall on the Yarra River that can be accessed by car or on foot via walking tracks. The dam was made due to fears of drought in 1934 and created Lake Narracan.

Yarra River (Warragul)

Located in Warragul, about an hour and a half from the city center of Melbourne, is this wonderful waterfall on the Yarra River which can be accessed by car or on foot via walking tracks. It is located just off Warragul-Gippsland Road.

Yarra River (Warrandyte)

Located in Warrandyte, about 40 minutes from the city center of Melbourne and near Donvale, is this wonderful waterfall on the Yarra River which can be accessed by car or on foot via walking tracks. The track starts from Rowville Road, east of Warrandyte.

Conclusion:

The above list gives you a few ideas as to where you can see some of the wonderful waterfalls in and around Melbourne. The above locations are all free, except for those which require a small entry fee.

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