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Sunday Outing Report – Agnes Falls – 5th Aug 2012

by on Aug.05, 2012, under Outings

Sunday’s outing in August 2012 was to Agnes Falls, just north of Toora off the South Gippsland Highway about 2 hours from Melbourne. A crowd of around 13 WCC members and their partners etc decended upon the Agnes Falls Car Park for 10am only to have been beaten there by four unknown photographers shortly before us. We set off on the short walk to the falls and the first thing that struck me was the sheer depth of the gorge which clearly isn’t visible from the car park. The second thing that suprised me was that the four unknown photographers were already on their way back up the path. “Can’t really see the falls and the vantage point isn’t that good” said one of them and a short walk later we too were disappointed by the lack of a vantage point from the small viewing platform which we filled with three tripods. We tried to find better vantage points but to no avail and within 45 minutes we were done and heading back to the cars.

Note to Parks Victoria, the viewing platform and access to the falls is poor and not worth the trip from Melbourne. Considering this is the biggest single drop waterfall in Victoria, you can’t see even half of it and you can photograph even less. Adding to the viewing problem was a howling gale which was making the trees almost impossible to photograph with the longer shutter speeds needed and several people were concerned about falling tree branches. The light was also very blotchy with sunlight shining through the leaves onto the falls.

One good thing though was that I was able to test my new HOYA 0 – 300 variable ND filter and it worked a treat. I managed a 30 second, f/22 shot of the falls in bright daylight. Although the wind was doing its best to ruin the sharpness by blowing the camera around on the tripod.

30 Seconds at f/22

The wind and only being able to see part of the falls spoiled the trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We scoured the maps for somewhere else to visit so the morning wasn’t wasted and decided upon the boardwalk at Port Franklin but again this was a huge disappointment with the boardwalk being just a few hundred metres long and nothing to be seen to photograph. So it was off to Foster for a coffe and something to eat with some great company then we all went on our merry way.

Dave


3 Comments for this entry

  • Kathy Whelan

    Hello Dave, and members of the Waverley Camera Club.
    I am so sorry you found your trip to the Agnes Falls so disappointing, but there are many of us living in the district who totally agree!!
    In fact, I am currently the leader of a community project, in liaison with the rangers at the Parks Victoria Office in Foster, and our South Gippsland Shire Council, pushing for more improvements at the Reserve, including another walkway and viewing point, perhaps a cantilever lookout jutting out a little lower down so you can actually see the Falls in their entirety, as well as the gorge, with the ultimate dream being a suspension bridge over the gorge itself!! Just imagine that!!
    We are currently starting up a “Friends of Agnes Falls” group, and will be lobbying “all the powers that be” to improve the Reserve so that visitors get a better experience.
    What a shame you did not visit the Toora BirdHide and (short) boardwalk over the mangroves, which has lovely views over Corner Inlet to the Prom, the Toora Windfarm viewing area, the Toora Heritage Pear Orchard, and, further afield (north of Yarram) the magnificent Tarra-Bulga National Park, with its superb fern gullies, creeks, and Corrigan’s Suspension Bridge!
    Hope you will come again and enjoy visiting our area again sometime in the future.

  • Martin

    Hi, well the ‘unknown’ photographers are WCC members who just got up a little earlier 🙂 So after the falls we decided to travel to Port Welshpool for a look and perhaps a photo or two.

  • Dave Sumner

    They may well have been but not the photographers that I saw so there must have been some others as well.

    Dave

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