Trentham is a little town, with a population of 1,411 nestled at the top of the Great Dividing Range, half way between Woodend and Daylesford.
Trentham Falls and Railway Station is an easy one hour from Melbourne up the Calder Hwy, and within easy striking distance of Macedon, Wombat State Forest and the Spa Country of Hepburn and Daylesford. The Falls are just a couple of kms out of town, and on the sunday we were there the carpark was full and people were coming and going all the time.
We visited in August and the falls were flowing quite well. They are only a short 70 metre (downhill) walk from the carpark and the lookout above the falls is quite good. Formed millions of years ago from molton lava rapidly cooling along the river, they are Victoria’s highest single drop waterfall, plunging 32 metres into the quartz riverbed below. The Trentham website called it ‘former’ river, but there was definitely a river flowing the day we were there. I had planned on setting the tripod up in front of the base of the falls, but the water was too deep.
The track to the base of the falls is ‘closed’ with signs of unstable cliffs, but that stopped no one. The barrier is about 2ft high and no impediment to stepping over or around. We followed the goat track to the base of the falls, and spent a pleasant half hour down there among the mist of the falls hitting the rocks, photographing the falls and the river. Going back up was a little harder and I felt like an explorer, till I saw a man with his pregnant wife and small son strolling down the goat track!
Leaving the falls we headed into Trentham to visit the historical railway station. The station was built in 1880 but closed in the 1970’s and has been restored with some rolling stock and buildings open as a railway museum with a small market being held there on sundays.
As it was now mid afternoon, we decided to head back to Woodend for afternoon tea before heading back to Melbourne. After walking up hill and down dale at the falls, then around the station we were well and truly ready for a sit down and cuppa!