A beautiful sliver of water cascades some 10+ metres over a dark layered rockface. It shimmers and glistens as it holds its narrow shape from top to bottom. It’s almost as if it resembles a thin silver band. And so, a name is born. Silverband Falls is one of the prettiest (and most reliable) waterfalls to admire in the Grampians National Park. Below, we’ll tell you everything you need to know to visit.
For more waterfalls in the Grampians, check out our Best Waterfalls In The Grampians National Park guide (coming soon).
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Where Is Silverband Falls?
Silverband Falls is located along Dairy Creek and accessed just off Silverband Road in the Grampians National Park, Australia. To help get your bearings, please click on the image below to access an interactive map of the area on Google Maps.
Silverband Falls Walk
- Type: Out & Back
- Distance: 1.6km
- Time: 0.5 hours
- Accumulated elevation gain: 40m
- Difficulty: Easy
- Trailhead: Silverband Falls Car Park
From the Silverband Falls Car Park, there’s a well-maintained path that leads around 800 metres to the base of the waterfall. It’s a simple and relaxing walk. Depending on the weather, a thin strip of water cascades down the dark rock face. Although not the most impressive of waterfalls, Silverband Falls does have a slight majestic quality as it hits the numerous layers of rock on its way down. And, because of its neat and slim appearance, Silverband Falls resembles just that, a thin silver band.
Of course, Silverband Falls is seasonal, so how impressive this waterfall looks is very much dependent on the amount of rainfall. But, in many ways, it can be the lack of rainfall that makes Silverband Falls so special. Even in dry periods, Silverband Falls is known as one of the most reliable of the Grampian’s seasonal waterfalls. So, that’s great news in itself.
But, what’s most intriguing about Silverband Falls is that when the small pool that the waterfall drops into dries up, the waterfall seemingly disappears the moment it hits the ground. Indeed, any water cascading over the drop runs underground, only to reappear further down Dairy Creek. In fact, you can walk right up to the waterfall without getting your feet even remotely wet.
Around Silverband Falls are plenty of rocks and boulders to sit on for a while as you admire this interesting waterfall. Simply retrace your steps the way you came to return to the car park.
Useful Things to Know Before You Go
Below, we’ll cover a few useful things to know before visiting Silverband Falls in the Grampians.
How to Get to Silverband Falls, Grampians
Silverband Falls is located along Silverband Road, just a 15 minute drive south of Halls Gap in the central Grampians. The Silverband Falls Car Park is located here on Google Maps.
Of course, you’ll first need to get to the Grampians to visit Silverband Falls. The Grampians lie around 250km west of Melbourne and take around three hours to drive to. Although it’s possible to take public transport from Melbourne to the Grampians, you’re looking at an extremely long journey. Instead, it’s best to have access to your own set of wheels.
If you need a car, we recommend using DiscoverCars.com. It’s a fantastic search engine for finding the cheapest car hire. Search for cheap car hire in Melbourne today. A 2WD will suffice for this adventure.
You can also take day tours from Melbourne to the Grampians, which will often stop at Silverband Falls. The below Grampians National Park Group Tour visits Silverband Falls, as well as other popular attractions like The Balconies and Mackenzie Falls.
Getting to Melbourne
If you’re visiting from abroad, you’ll first need to fly to Melbourne to visit the Grampians. We recommend using Skyscanner to search for the cheapest flights. When flying abroad, we always get the ball rolling with a Skyscanner search. Check out cheap flights to Melbourne today!
Facilities at Silverband Falls
The Silverband Falls Car Park is a decent size, with marked parking spaces for around 20 odd vehicles. There are no toilet facilities at Silverband Falls. The nearest toilets are located five minutes away here at Lake Bellfield.
Because the terrain and shortness of the trail make the walk very easy, hiking to Silverband Falls is a great attraction in the Grampians for those with small children or reduced mobility.
Visiting the waterfall is free and it’s open 24/7.
Best Time to Visit Mackenzie Falls
Undoubtedly, the best time to see Silverband Falls is after a heavy bout of rain. Many of the waterfalls in the Grampians are seasonal, and so if it’s been very dry, often the cascade is reduced to a bit of a trickle. As long as there’s been some steady rain, Silverband Falls will resemble a thin cascade dropping down into a small pool below. This is how Dan and I saw it and we were still quite impressed.
Because accessing Silverband Falls is so easy, it’s quite a popular place to visit in the Grampians. As such, to avoid crowds, try visiting early in the morning or later in the day.
Swimming at Silverband Falls
We’ve been asked a few times, ‘Can you swim at Silverband Falls?’ Well, not as such. But, that’s because there isn’t usually a pool big enough or deep enough to enjoy a swim in. But, you can paddle if you wish, though it’s not really worth it.
More Grampians Waterfalls
Of course, just because many of the waterfalls in the Grampians are seasonal, doesn’t mean they’re not worth checking out, especially if you time it just right with the weather. Below, are a handful to consider (guides coming soon).
- Mackenzie Falls: visit the biggest waterfall in the Grampians National Park.
- Beehive Falls: this excellent waterfall is made even better by hiking to Briggs Bluff too.
- Clematis Falls: an easy to reach waterfall from Halls Gap.
- Splitter Falls: visit this underrated waterfall on a walk to the Pinnacle.
- Turret Falls: a quiet waterfall found along Silverband Road.
- Burrong Falls: a hidden waterfall that at some times of year may require a 4WD to get to.
- Bridal Veil Falls: as seasonal as they come, keep your eyes peeled for this cascade on the Pinnacle Walk.
- Wannon Falls: just outside of the Grampians is this fantastic waterfall dropping into a cauldron-like basin.
- Nigretta Falls: next to Wannon Falls is this rugged and picturesque waterfall.
Read more: Best Walks In The Grampians National Park and Grampians Waterfalls Guide (guides coming soon)
Where to Stay Near Silverband Falls
Halls Gap is the main hub of the Grampians and the closest town to Silverband Falls. So, you’ll find plenty of accommodation options here, as well as general amenities and places to stock up on supplies. Below, we’ve put together the best budget, mid-range and luxury accommodation options to help plan your trip.
- Budget – Grampians Eco YHA: the main hostel in town is the Grampians Eco YHA. Enjoy the super clean facilities and spacious common rooms.
- Mid-range – Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park: relax in the pool and admire the brilliant mountain views at Halls Gap Lakeside Tourist Park.
- Luxury – Grampians Chalets: lake views, friendly kangaroos and a fantastic location are ready to be enjoyed at the Grampians Chalets. Also, try the Marwood Villas for more quality Grampians accommodation.
Silverband Falls Camping
You can’t camp at Silverband Falls. But, the nearest campsites close to the waterfall are Bugiga Hiker Camp and Borough Huts Campground. Check with the Parks Vic official website for bookings and other general information regarding these campsites.
Five Gear Essentials For Silverband Falls
- Merrell Moab 2 Mid Goretex hiking boots – certainly, the traction on these boots is great for walking at Silverband Falls.
- Osprey Skarab 30L Day Backpack – this backpack is just right for hiking wherever, whenever.
- Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Trousers – a light pair of trousers, great for walking in Australia.
- Patagonia Torentshell 3L Jacket – a fantastic waterproof jacket – works well as your outer layer in wet conditions.
- The North Face TKA Glacier snap fleece jacket – it can get surprisingly chilly in the Grampians. Layer up.
For a more comprehensive packing list for your trip, please check out the Ultimate Packing Checklist. It’s a great general summary of everything you’d need for a trip. For even more information check out our 66 Travel Accessories That You Must Travel With.
- Are dogs allowed at Silverband Falls? sorry, your furry friend will have to sit this attraction out. Of course, assistance dogs are allowed.
- Silverband Falls can close: due to flood damage in 2022, the track to the waterfall has been undergoing maintenance. Check on the Parks Victoria website for updates on the path, as the route was temporarily redirected.
- More of Victoria: some of our favourite places in Victoria include exploring along the Great Ocean Road, Mornington Peninsula and of course, Wilsons Prom (guides coming soon).
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