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Walk 13 Currawong Falls
This interesting walk takes you through a variety of vegetation communities: woodland, heathland, a fern gully and melaleuca swamp as well as passing the Currawong Falls where there may or may not be water flowing over the rocks.
Lower car park at Distillery Creek Picnic Ground
3–4 hr 10.2 km circuit
How to get there

TTurn off the Great Ocean Road at Bambra Road, just east of the bottom shops in Aireys Inlet. Follow the bitumen road alongside the Painkalac Creek Valley for 2.5 km and then turn left at junction of Bambra Road and Distillery Creek Road. The lower car park and picnic area is on the righthand side and the upper car park and picnic area on the left-hand side has an information board and toilets. Both have picnic tables and wood-fired barbecues (supply your own wood).

Walk Notes
Blue-winged Parrot

Follow the Currawong Falls track sign at the end of the car park. Take care as it is a shared track with mountain bike riders. Follow the walking track as it gently climbs uphill through open tall ironbark forest and rocky sections. Admire the fascinating diverse range of habitat, high ridges and steep sided gorges until it reaches a lookout on top of a sheer rocky cliff providing coastal views. A little further on, the commemorative seat for Claire Roberts, co-founder of the Friends of Eastern Otways, is a great place to sit and admire the panoramic views to Aireys Inlet and the Split Point Lighthouse.

Cross over Loves Track and continue on to Currawong Falls where there are fine views down over the gully. If there has been recent rain you will see and hear the water tumbling over the rocks. At other times there will only be trickles of water. The track then meanders through the Melaleuca Swamp and the Fern Gully where many varieties of ferns can be observed in their damp habitat. The rare King Fern and the tall tree ferns are features of the gully. This is also a favourite area for the Eastern Yellow Robin. The track then takes you back to the picnic ground.

The walk is particularly beautiful in spring when the wattles and heathland plants provide a colourful understorey to the canopy of tall eucalypts. Victoria’s National Emblem, Common Heath, is always delightful with its attractive display of pink and red flowers. The grasstrees are absolutely stunning. Ground orchids can sometimes be found on the sides of the track. These include the rare Large-tongue Orchid and Horned Orchids and greenhood species. Lichens, sundews, mosses and fungi thrive in the moist areas. The environment provides perfect habitat for native fauna, and bird calls are abundant. You may be lucky and see the elusive Southern Emu-wren.

Bird Calls
Eastern Yellow Robin
Crimson Rosella
Grey Shrikethrush

Eastern Yellow Robin (Recording by Vicki Powys CC BY); Grey Shrikethrush (Recording by Marc Anderson, CC BY); Crimson Rosella call (Recording by Marc Anderson, CC BY)

Check Out Fauna & Flora Below
Southern Emu-wren (Photo by Geoff Gates)
Mossy rocks (Photo by Margaret MacDonald)
Large Pointed Greenhood (Photo by Margaret MacDonald)
King Fern (Photo by brewbooks CC BY)
Common Heath (Photo by Ellinor Campbell)

Scented Sundew (Photo by Rob Shepherd)
Lichens (Photo by Margaret MacDonald)
Horned Orchid (Photo by Margaret MacDonald)
Scented Paperbark (Photo by Melburnian GNU)
Eastern Yellow Robin (facing right) (Photo by Keith McLean)

Rough Tree-fern (Photo by Alison Watson)
Large-tongue Orchid (Photo by Margaret MacDonald)
Austral Grass-trees (Photo by Gail Sluikhuis)
Currawong Falls (Photo by Rod Brooks)