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Walk 35 Cumberland River – Jebbs Pool
A walk through one of the most spectacular river valleys in the Otways from the river mouth through the deep narrow gorge of the Cumberland River as far as Jebbs Pool. The track is generally rough, and there is a river crossing to negotiate so walkers need to be confident. Do not attempt this walk if the river is high.
Cumberland River Camping Reserve Car Park on the Great Ocean Road
1.5 hr – 3.0 km return
Moderate to difficult; hiking sticks recommended
How to get there

Cross the Erskine River bridge at Lorne and drive west on the Great Ocean Road for 8 km to the Cumberland River car park and camping reserve. The car park area has picnic tables. The camping reserve has cabins, camping sites, toilets and kiosk, but these amenities are for tenants only.

Walk Notes
Blue-winged Parrot

Begin the walk alongside the river where there is a sign directing you to the walking track. Walk past the camping reserve and the holiday cabins until you come to the information sign at the start of the narrow track leading into the Great Otway National Park.

This track leads up the gorge between towering craggy cliffs along the Cumberland River. You may be lucky enough to see the Peregrine Falcons that frequent the area. The forest track is lined with a variety of ground-ferns and low-growing plants including the Forest Hound’s-tongue with its small, solitary blue flowers. Indian Weed, another native species with small yellow flowers, is also a feature. The track winds through eucalypts and groves of Prickly Currant-bush, Blackwood, Musk Daisy-bush, Austral Mulberry and Hazel Pomaderris.

Having cautiously negotiated the river crossing which involves clambering across a number of rocks placed strategically in the riverbed, you continue along the often rocky track beside the meandering river until you reach Jebbs Pool, a most picturesque spot. Jebbs Pool is absolutely stunning with lovely rock pools and rock ledges surrounded by tall eucalypts, Blackwoods, tree ferns and dense vegetation on the steep slopes – just so many shades of green. It is a lovely place to swim, and the cascades above the pool can be used as a natural slide. Take time to sit and relax and enjoy nature. Perhaps small native blackfish will be seen in the clear water.

The whole of the gorge is a haven for birds and so many calls might be heard including those of Golden Whistlers, Forest Ravens, Eastern Yellow Robins, White-throated Treecreepers, Pied Currawongs and Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoos.

Bird Calls
Golden Whistler
Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis)
White-throated Treecreeper
Pied Currawong
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
Forest Raven (Corvus tasmanicus boreus)

Golden Whistler (Recording by Ramit Singal CC BY); Eastern Yellow Robin (Recording by Vicki Powys CC BY); White-throated Treecreeper (Recording by Marc Anderson, CC BY); Pied Currawong (Recording by Marc Anderson, CC BY); Forest Raven (Recording by Marc Anderson CC BY)


Check Out Fauna & Flora Below

Thorns of Forest Hound’s-tongue (Photo by Alison Watson)
Cumberland River cliffs (Photo by Alison Watson)
Austral Mulberry (Photo by Margaret MacDonald)
Hazel Pomaderris (Photo by Murray Fagg, CC BY)

Indian Weed (Photo by Forest & Kim Starr CC BY)
Blackfish (Photo by Julian Finn CC BY)
Forest Raven (Photo by JJ Harrison CC BY)
Peregrine Falcon (Photo by Carlos Delgado CC BY)
Musk Daisy-bush (Photo by Ellinor Campbell)
Rough Tree-fern (Photo by Alison Watson)

Jebbs Pool (Photo by Lachie Richardson)
Cumberland Cascades (Photo by Lachie Richardson)
Forest Hound’s-tongue (Photo by John Tann CC BY)
Blackwood (Photo by Eric in SF CC BY)
Prickly Current-bush (Photo by Ellinor Campbell)
Cumberland River (Photo by Diggers2004 CC BY)