Sailors Falls Daylesford

Sailors Falls

Hepburn Regional Park

Directions - From the centre of Daylesford take Ballan-Daylesford Road south until you see the signs for Sailors Falls. There is a gravel car park on the side of the road and the stairs down to the valley are easily spotted. 

The Hike - With our short trip to Daylesford coming to an end and a lovely trip to Mount Franklin already, the last place I wanted to visit was Sailors Falls. Being summer I wasn't sure if it would be worth viewing but I checked the hashtags on Instagram (a great method to get recent conditions of a place) and it showed a little trickle of water still at the falls. After a lovely breakfast at Cliffy's, we took the short drive south of Daylesford and were soon at the car park for Sailors Falls. Admittedly I wasn't expecting much from this hike because I'd driven past and seen the signs for it several times and from the road it doesn't look like anything special. The area around it is dry grasses and farmland so I expected a dry valley full of grass and tall eucalyptus trees. 

Spoilers ahead but oh how I was wrong. Before getting going we checked out the information gazebo and filled up a water bottle from the pump that is fed by the natural springs in the area. Not having natural springs like this in WA, we were a little taken back when we discovered that the water was carbonated and not at all what we were expecting. Apparently this is normal and it now makes sense that the various flavoured drinks you can buy from local suppliers are fizzy drinks. Lesson learned, we moved on to start the trail and this means taking the zig-zagging staircase from the top of the valley to the bottom. Immediately you can appreciate how lush the valley is by the vastness of the greenery and the giant ferns that call this place home. Very excited that I would have something green to photograph, we headed on down, enjoying the views of Sailors Falls in the distance. I could see a trickle cascading down so was happy that the area wasn't going to be completely dry. After taking many photos on just the walk down to the valley floor, we reached the bottom and made plans to visit the falls first.


It made sense to do this given the signs point you to the falls and being the feature of the walk, you want to see it first. Crossing a lovely bridge over Sailors Creek, you get to see the lovely lush ferns that dominate the edges of the waterway here. I love seeing the Gondwanan style of temperate rainforest and even though it was summer, I could imagine being in the cooler months enjoying a gentle stroll along a wet valley floor. Just up a few steps was the namesake of the track, Sailor Falls. A small information board depicts the same scene you look out over but from a much earlier time, a cool feature to the walk that connects you back with the history of the area. Being no more than a trickle, it was easy to scramble over the rocks to get a closer view of the falls. Caris stayed put while I reverted back to 10yo Mark and had some fun clambering from rock to rock. I managed to get right near the falls and from this view it was an interesting structure that the water cascaded over. It kind of looked like the dolerite columns you find on the Three Capes Track but sawn off from below.