I lurve waterfalls and the Otway ranges and Hopetoun Falls had been on my wish list for some time… esp now that I have finally got my head around F stops and slow shutter speed… haven’t totally mastered it, but at least now I understand the concept 😉
I went down to the Otway Ranges with sister and niece in June for the nieces birthday….
all Canon girls…we drove down in sunshine, but it was pouring rain most of the day we were shooting….in a rainforest in winter who would have thunk?
We knew it would be cold, so were prepared with waterproof coats, gloves, thermal underwear… pity no one remembered to pack an umbrella!.
We made sure we kept our camera’s dry but we were all soaked to the skin….ah well, we dry better and with less damage than camera’s and lenses. We booked a little cottage at Top Of The Otways, which was comfortable, cosy and contained all we needed…once we got the fire going. It wasnt lit when we arrived and it was so cold in there our breath was coming out in condensation! If you ever stay there, phone ahead and insist they light the fire for your arrival!
Saturday morning we woke to rain and mist…..Our first stop was Hopetoun Falls, very photographed, but very photogenic. We spent about an hour there getting wetter and wetter before moving on to Triplet Falls
The walk to both falls is fairly easy, Hopetoun Falls has more steps, Triplet has boardwalks all the way in, and there is a short way, and a long, way. Hopetoun Falls is also the most photogenic of the two.
Unfortunately Parks Victoria don’t signpost which is the shorter and we spent about 45 mins walking in the long way, only to find we were about 10 mins from the carpark taking a different path back!
The Otways are beautiful, and totally worth multiple trips back, just dont go in the middle of winter like we did unless you are a happy to get wet 🙂