Located at the Grampians National Park,45 minutes’ drive west of Stawell, on the Northern Grampians Road is MacKenzie Fall, one of Victoria’s largest waterfalls. A short walk from the carpark, two of the waterfall’s lookout points offer a good view, but those who have the physical attributes should take the full trip down to the base of MacKenzie Falls, to see it in full glory. Here MacKenzie river spills out into a crystal-clear water pool surrounded by dark coloured rocks. Due to regular rainfall, the waterfall remains vigorously beautiful all-round the year.
The Broken Falls outlook is reachable through a track from MacKenzie falls carpark on Wartook Road. Smiths Mill Campground is located around 1km from the outlook. Continue along track from there to the base of the falls. From the base of MacKenzie Falls, follow the track downstream along the MacKenzie River to reach Fish Falls. Fish falls is a smaller waterfall that cascades over terraced rocks. Fish falls can also be accessed from Zumsteins Picnic Area and Historical Site.
An alternative track from Broken Falls Outlook takes to Bluff Viewing platform. A 1km path to the Bluff outlook (wheelchair accessible) provides an overall view of the Falls and the MacKenzie river from above the gorge. Those who can’t go to the base of the falls, Bluff outlook offers a satisfying view compared to the other two outlooks.
Swimming is not permitted at the base of MacKenzie Falls.
The aboriginal name for “McKenzie Falls” was “ Migunang wirab “ which means ‘blackfish floating on top of the water’ . Explorer Thomas Mitchell, named it MacKenzie Fall in 1836, after his friend Captain MacKenzie.
MACKENZIE RIVER / BUN-NAH TRAIL
The Mackenzie River/Bun-nah Trail stretches for 10.5km between Wartook Valley and Zumsteins Picnic Area. From Zumsteins walkers can continue on the Mackenzie River Trail for another 3.7km to Mackenzie Falls. Originally known as the ‘Back Track’, the trail closely follows the Mackenzie River, or Bun-nah as it is known to the Traditional Owners. Along the route there are interpretive signs that detail the area’s history and its significance to the Jadawadjali People. The trail is open to walkers and mountain bikers when conditions are dry. At times the Mackenzie River floods and the trail is impassable; in this instance it is best to access the trail at Cooinda Burrong. (Information Courtesy: The Grampians Brochure)
Address: Northern Grampians Rd, Zumsteins VIC 3401
Public amenities include carpark, picnic grounds with tables and BBQ facilities.
MacKenzie Falls car park is a forty-minute drive from Halls Gap on the Mount Victory Road.