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Updated on 25 Jun 2021
Grade 5 HikeSuitable for very experienced hikers only.
No Modification of the natural environment.
average rating of 6 out of 10
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The Styx Valley is home to many gorgeous waterfalls that lie in obscurity, and arguably the most impressive of these is unofficially-named Gold Creek Falls, a complex of three rainforest-clad waterfalls at the confluence of the east and west forks of Gold Creek. The main falls plunges over a wide overhanging drop immediately below the confluence, before continuing over a cascading lower tier. 20 metres upstream of this falls on the western fork is an equally beautiful waterfall that looks almost exactly like a mini version of the main falls, while a long cascading falls on the east fork completes the set.
To reach Gold Creek Falls, turn onto Styx Spur 9, an easy-to-miss turnoff 7 kilometres down Styx Road from the Maydena turnoff. 500 metres down this road, it bends sharply to the left, and begins heading downhill, where a mossy pullout provides a parking spot 100 metres past the bend. Walk back to the bend, where two old logging tracks head down the hill. Take the left track, and follow it until it reaches a dead end. Push through the bush, and you will find yourself on a very overgrown old road, which has blue ribbons marking the edge of the logging coupe. Follow the ribbons for no more than 150-200 metres, rounding the hill to the right, then follow the sound of water (and ideally a GPS waypoint) to head steeply downhill through the rainforest towards creek level. It is best to aim for the top of the main falls, allowing for the upper sections of the falls to be explored first before navigating all the way down to the base.
The entire area of Gold Creek is stunning, with untouched, open rainforest defying the areas of regrowth and clear fell logging only a couple hundred metres above its banks. Several hours can be dedicated to exploring downstream where there are several more nice cascades culminating in Lower Gold Creek Falls, but getting to the main falls on Gold Creek requires a hike of no more than an hour return, albeit steep, rough and mostly off track.
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Grade 2 Hike
Suitable for families with young children.
Meander State Forest Reserve
Grade 5 Hike
Suitable for very experienced hikers only.
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