Situated approximately 105km north west of Melbourne CBD, The Cascades at Metcalfe is a hidden gem of Victoria. With untarred roads and not many visitors, Metcalfe Cascades is a perfect place to enjoy a picnic in relative solitude. Metcalfe took the shape of a township during the gold rush days of Victoria due to its proximity to Castlemaine. Metcalfe can be reached by half an hour drive from Castlemaine and 45 minutes’ drive from Bendigo.
Here the waters of Coliban River tumbles over boulders, and thousands of years of the river’s journey had created rockpools, crevices and little caverns. The rockpools making perfect swimming holes, which also makes it mandatory for intense adult supervision of little children.
The spot has several picnic tables, but no shops or any commercial activity available near the cascades. But the township of Kyneton is just 15 minutes away. This is a nature conservation reserve, and all plants and wildlife are protected. Camping, fishing, hunting, and lighting fires are prohibited here.
Location: The Cascades Road, Metcalfe
Facilities: Picnic tables, A small parking area which can accommodate 5 or 6 cars. But being a country town, there is enough space for any number of cars a little distance away.
Camping, hunting, fishing and lighting fires are prohibited. No restrictions on dogs.
No Toilet facilities available.
Nearest attractions: Turpin falls, Township of Keyneton