Thetraveljunkie.org – Do you know whats one of our favorite improvised plans? Drive a few hours and get lost in nature to disconnect. Turpins Falls is one of the must-visit places in Victoria, Australia. It’s a dramatic natural pool. Situated along the Campaspe River, Turpins Falls are the result of the Campaspe River flowing over a wide 20 metre high rock wall that surrounds the deep downstream pool on three sides.
We love nature. It turned out there was nothing secret about this location, other than its discreet way of blending in with the surrounding paddocks. There must’ve been a hundred people in the water paddling around on colourful floaties, and plenty more lazing on the banks – a veritable melting pot of locals, families and daytrippers from Melbourne.
It felt like we’d arrived at a music festival as we stepped over crushed beer cans and conked-out sunbathers resting in the shade. But crowds are always a sign of a good thing.
The park is managed by Parks Victoria. Jumping or diving off the falls is strictly prohibited and there is no camping permitted. Road access and signage is poor. Snakes are common and enclosed footwear is recommended.
Best time to visit: December to May.
Warning: Low visibility in the water means that there have been deaths and severe head/spinal injuries from cliff diving. Visitors are to strictly observe all warning signage and to stay within fenced areas and paths. Please respect the area’s beauty and remove all your rubbish when leaving.
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