Walk Warburton and discover our local waterfall
|Trail||La La Falls|
|Type||Out and Back|
|Grade (if available)||Easy to Moderate|
|Start||25 Iruka Road|
|Finish||25 Iruka Road|
|Distance||3.2 km (return)|
|Max Elevation||480 m|
|Features||Lush forest, pretty creek, stone bridges, manna gums, mountain grey gums, waterfall|
|Facilities||Toilets: Warburton township
Car parking: 25 Irruka Road
|Notes||Best completed in autumn or winter, especially after rainfall when there is maximum flow over the falls|
The trail to La La Falls is definitely one of the best – and most beautiful – short walks around Melbourne.
The track follows beside the gurgling Four Mile Creek, snaking its way under a thick, lush forest canopy over a vibrant understory of ferns, musk daisy bush, blanket-leaf and bootlace bush. The trail traverses the creek over several cute stone bridges to the soundtrack of bubbling water and birdsong. With luck you might even sight a lyrebird, one of the most treasured creatures in the Yarra State Forest. The Falls themselves are serene and are best visited after a rainfall when the flow down the rocky slabs is high.
The walk is named after past landowner Leila Ward, whose guesthouse – 'La La', which fittingly means ‘Welcome Welcome’ in the local indigenous language – was located in the area. Remarkably, the walk up to the falls has been enchanting and delighting visitors since the 1880s and it continues to do so today.
The graded and compacted trail is suitable for people of all fitness levels though there are moderately steep sections and walkers should take care in slippery conditions. An unhurried stroll should get you to the falls in 20 minutes and returning in about the same time.
- The trailhead is but a short distance from the heart of Warburton, located at 25 Irruka Rd. From town follow the signs from Park Rd along Old Warburton Rd, to the start of the track at a small, sign posted car park.
- Take the obvious trail marked for La La Falls Walk.
- It is best not to hurry. Instead take your time as you walk through lush rainforest under the protection of the canopy. Flora and fauna that you may see includes snow daisy bush, musk daisy bush, blanket-leaf, bootlace bush, silver wattle and hazel pomaderris, mountain grey gum, mountain ash and manna gum.
- At a leisurely pace the 1.6km walk up to the falls should take around 20 minutes. Make sure you take advantage of the contemplative seat at the base of the falls to spend a moment taking in the sounds and the sights of the forest.
- When you are refreshed return to the car park via the same path.
INFORMATION: LALA FALLS
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