Steavenson Falls

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Steavenson Falls is a place where water flows over a vertical drop or a series of steep drops in the course of a stream or river. Steavenson Falls also occur where meltwater drops over the edge of a tabular iceberg or ice shelf.

Steavenson Falls are a natural source and are ideal for sleep and masking distracting sounds.

Listening to a Steavenson Falls is a great way to wash your daily worries away: close your eyes or lie down, and let the natural sounds permeate your mind.

Steavenson Falls, a waterfall on the Steavenson River, is located 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) southeast of Marysville, Victoria, Australia. The falls are one of the tallest in Victoria, with five cascades, a total descent of 122 metres (400 ft), the last having a clear drop of more than 21 metres (69 ft).

 

History

Residents cut a track to the falls in 1866. The falls and the river were named after John Steavenson (Assistant Commissioner of Roads and Bridges), who first visited the site of what is now Marysville in 1862. He was carrying out a survey of the area to try to find a new alignment for the road to the gold fields at Woods Point.

 

The reserve

There are a number of walks in the reserve varying from easy to the more difficult.

A turbine driven by water drawn from the weir at the base of the falls generates power for the floodlights and the lights along the paths. Funding for these works was obtained by the local Tourist Association from the old Tourism Victoria. The floodlighting was formally turned on by the then Minister for Tourism – The Honourable Murray Byrne MLC. on 3 November 1972. Marysville’s water supply also comes from this weir.

Dense forest covers the entire Steavenson Falls Reserve in the steep-sided valley. Pure stands of Mountain Ash which regenerated after the 1939 bushfires grow in sheltered places.

Elsewhere the forest contains a mixture of eucalyptus species, notably Mountain Grey Gum, Messmate and Narrow-leafed Peppermint. Other trees growing in association with the eucalyptus include Myrtle Beech which has small, shiny, dark green leaves and is restricted to areas of high rainfall, Blackwood, one of the wattles, a tall tree with masses of pale yellow flowers, and Silver Wattle.

The sheltered river margins support Soft and Rough Tree-ferns, their height bearing testimony to their considerable age.

Lyrebirds are often seen in the morning and after rain searching for insects and worms. It’s easy to see where they have been by the prominent scratch marks in the leaves and twigs on the ground.

Steavenson Falls is a major tourist attraction with some 180,000 visitors a year.

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