Descend into a dark rainforest understorey to walk among dense tree ferns and Myrtle Beech, and enjoy the thunderous Taggerty Cascades.
The Taggarty Cascades are as they sound - rough tumbling and loud on the ears. This 15 minute way offers a quick path down to the darkened forest below and a chance to watch the fresh waters of Lake Mountain tumble off the granite boulders and through this pocket of rainforest. Lady Talbot Drive was named after the wife of Sir Reginald Talbot, Governor of Victoria from 1903 to 1908.
DIRECTIONS: The nearest town is Marysville, which is located 100km north-east of Melbourne, a 90 minute drive or so through Lilydale, Healesville and the picturesque Yarra Valley. From Marysville drive 500 metres along Woods Point Road and turn left into Lady Talbot Drive. Drive a further 11km through the Marysville State Forest before entering Yarra Ranges National Park. This scenic route is partially sealed, then largely unsealed and corregated, with several pot holes as you climb closer towards Taggarty Cascades.
HAZARDS: In wet weather, Lady Talbot Drive becomes inaccessible for two-wheel drive vehicles from The Beeches onwards. You can still reach this walk but be careful if the road is boggy. This path is steep and the steps are often wet. Take care as you walk.
AMENITIES: There's a small car park alongside the road and a picnic table nearby.
Please check Parks Victoria website for the latest updates and alerts: www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/yarra-ranges-national-park
Taggarty Cascades is part of a longer network of walks called The Beeches Rainforest Walk. Our 20 minute walk is to the timber footbridge and back, to see the waterfall tumbling down the rocks.
There's a table near the carpark that's perfect for having a picnic if the sun is out. Watch for lyrebirds that are known to frequent the area.
Keep an eye out for the different varieties of fungi as you descend into the rainforest understorey.
There's a viewing point half way down the path that gives you a taste of the rambunctious river that's flowing at your side. Your ears will already know about this. It's very loud.
As you descend into the rainforest, take care on the steps in case they are wet or slippery. Admire the lush tree ferns and Myrtle Beech that thrive in this cool dark world.
This timber bridge takes you across the Taggarty River, giving you the perfect viewing platform to watch the waves of fresh water gush beneath your feet.
The Taggarty Cascades is an impressive site! Such a steady flow of clear gushing water tumbling over the granite boulders and down into the rainforest below.