Wannon Falls

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Wannon 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. Wannon Falls also occur where meltwater drops over the edge of a tabular iceberg or ice shelf.

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

Listening to a Wannon 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.

The Wannon Falls are a punchbowl waterfall located in the Southern Grampians Shire, approximately 19 kilometres (12 mi) west of Hamilton, in western Victoria, Australia. The falls are fed by the Wannon River that has its headwaters in the Grampians mountains.

 

Location and features

The falls are unexpected after driving west across gently undulating lava plains. They plunge over a basalt lava cliff dropping into a large plunge pool 30 metres (98 ft) below.In the winter wet season they can be spectacular, and at the end of the summer dry season they may shrink to a mere trickle. Downstream of the falls there is a narrow steep-walled valley, with cascades around large blocks that have fallen in from the sides. The narrow valley was eroded as the falls retreated upstream as a result of undermining of a soft bed of sediments that underlies the hard basalt.

Adjacent to the falls there is a recreational reserve with picnic areas and some interpretation signs, and a larger scenic reserve that has natural native vegetation and some disturbed areas that have been replanted with natives.

A closer look at the falls reveal the presence of an intricate structure made from basalt lava. The water at the falls rush over this structure to the pool at the bottom, an absolutely breathtaking view.

Downstream, visitors are treated to the sight of rapids as the water carves its way around the gigantic basalt rocks. The viewing platform located at the falls offers amazing views of the land beyond.

 

Close by, a rotunda displays interpretative media for visitors to the falls. At the rotunda, visitors can learn about the geology specific to this area, the diverse flora and fauna, the rich history of the indigenous Koori people, as well as details about the artists who expressed their creativity in different parts of the area.

 

 

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