Beauchamp Falls is a beautiful place to visit if you are exploring the Great Ocean Road around Apollo Bay. Nearby Hopetoun Falls and The Redwoods are also worth visiting while you are in the area.
While the amount of water you see at the falls will vary with the seasons, you can see some water at the Beauchamp Falls year-round. The walk back from the falls got us puffing, but the forest is a beautiful distraction.
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Beauchamp Falls at a Glance
🚶 2.5km medium difficulty return walk. There are 130 steps to walk up on the way back
🚽 Picnic tables, BBQs and Toilets available
🚙 Plenty of parking in the day use area
🐶 Dogs allowed on leash
💧 Swimming is not recommended at Beauchamp Falls
Getting to Beauchamp Falls
Beachamp Falls is near Beech Forest in the Otway Ranges. They are 40 km from Apollo Bay, 70km from Port Campbell and 80 km from Lorne.
Apollo Bay to Beauchamp Falls
The easiest way to get to Beachamp Falls is from Apollo Bay. Follow the Great Ocean Road east and turn left onto the C119 – the Forrest- Apollo Bay Road near Skenes Creek. Your next turn is onto the sealed Turton’s Track which will be signed as the road to Beech Forrest.
Turton’s Track is very narrow and windy at the start, so take it easy, think of your passengers and enjoy the forest scenery. The road eventually straightens out, and your next turn is onto the sealed Binns Track on your left.
On Binns Road, after about 500m you come to a signed fork in the road. Veer left onto Beauchamp Falls Road; it is a dirt road but suitable for 2wd cars. It felt like we were on a road to nowhere, but after 2km you get to the Beauchamp Falls Campground.
You can follow signs to the start of the walk which is towards the rear of the camping area.
How hard is the Beauchamp Falls Walk?
It is a medium difficulty 2.5km return walk to Beauchamp Falls on a well-formed dirt track. We found the 130 steps a bit of a shock to the system (even though we walked down them to get to the falls), there seemed to be a lot more steps on the return walk! It is a bit uphill on the way back too.
Apart from the steps and slope it is a lovely walk through the forest. You make your way through canopies of tree ferns and past towering stands of mountain ash trees. We were here in the morning and the chorus of bird calls was a beautiful soundtrack to our walk through the forest. You also do part of the walk alongside Deppeler Creek which is lovely too.
What do you see at Beauchamp Falls?
You can see water at Beauchamp Falls year round and for our visit in early November there was still plenty of water spilling over the 20m tall falls.
There are a couple of viewing areas near the base of the falls. The first is from an elevated platform that has a slightly side on view of the falls.
From there, you can walk down to the creek for a closer look. We hopped our way across the rocks in Deppeler Creek for a great front on view. You can also make your way over some rocks along the edge of the pool to get a bit closer for some nice pictures.
Whether you can get to these two spots will depend on the amount of water coming over the falls. If there has been rain, I doubt you would be able to get onto the rocks in the creek.
Return walk to the Beauchamp Campground
The walk back to the car park is a good chance to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the forest. The return walk will take you a bit longer. The 130 steps feel like they go on and on but if you are going to Hopetoun Falls next, they are a good warm up for the 200 steps there!
If you have brought a drink or snacks there are tables and shelters at the campground where you can catch your breath.
Leave Beauchamp Falls the way you came in, and when you get to the fork in the road turn left on to Binns Road to get to Hopetoun Falls 4km away.
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