I have this day day visited the cascades on the right branch of the Yarra, a few miles below its source. From the height of the river at the junction of the branches, and some three miles above. I know there must be some great fall, but the reality far exceeded my expectation. On descending the stream from above it commences to run rapidly, when suddenly it appears to almost sink beneath your feet in a narrow gorge, the sides of which are almost perpendicular in many places. It is here that the first cascade is, which I should think was at least 40 ft. in height, with an angles of at least 65 degrees. After a few lesser falls, it then comes to one of, I should think. 100 ft. at an angle of about 70 degrees. Following down you meet with a quick succession of falls of from 6 ft. to 30 ft, with many angles varying from 40 degrees to 60 degrees ; in many places the water has worn narrow channels of only a few feet in the hard rock. Coming further down you come suddenly on a perpendicular fall of nearly 60 ft., the water descending in a sheet of white foam into a basin in the solid rock. Below this the stream runs very rapidly, but there are no falls to be compared with the ones above, although some are by no means insignificant. I should think that there is a fall of 1,000 ft. in the stream in about half a mile, or perhaps less than that distance, as great caution had to be used in going along - a single slip in some places would be likely to prove fatal. Viewed in the Spring, when the water is high, the scene must be magnificent; even now it is beyond the power of my pen to portray it.
The far upper yarra and the falls.
.Thanks to the Surveyor-General and the Public Works department the inhabitants I of hot and dusty Melbourne have had some of- the most beautiful and varied scenery in Victoria placed at their disposal. To get to this place you take the train to Warburton, . and catch the coach to Walsh's .Creek, or McVeigh's. This coach drive follows the River Yarra for some twenty miles, and is without exception one of the; best'for revealing beautiful- river and mountain scenes in a comfortable and safe manner. The time occupied is about four hours, so you get to the end of your vehicular journey. The first day. Good accommodation can be had at Walsh's -Creek, where you stay the night, . and then next morning start on a fifteen mile walk to the celebrated falls. This walk is easy in the extreme, for the gradient is the same as the Rivet Yarra, .which is followed up. All along this track, which is well made and clear, j abundance of water may be obtained. The tourist can dawdle along as he pleases to reach the end of the stage by evening, at the rate of fifteen miles in twelve hours, if he wishes. There should' be no complaint of hard work, even by ladies. At the end of the track there is a well built hut of two rooms, with bunks and cooking utensils, i'or ' the use of the traveller. Food and bedding I must be taken on from Walsh's Creek. If there is a party, a pack horse may be obtained at McVeigh s. The hut is on the ; creek of the falls— for these are not on the Yarra — therefore all one has to do is to follow up this creek by a well made track to the falls. There are six falls, over which, in rapids and cascades, the water comes dashing and tumbling down some 700 feet. The farthest fall is only about 1% mile from the hut, and the climbing taken slowly is not hard. _ The beauty of the scene is beyond description, and will fully recompense one for any trouble and time spent in viewing it. It is gratifying to know that ! means are now being taken to place such scenery as this trip discloses within reach ; of the public. The trip from Melbourne and return can be done in four days, with time to spare.