Falcons Lookout

Written by | Daylesford/Macedon Ranges

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Falcons Lookout is a short 3.5km hike along Ironbark Gorge Track in Werribee Gorge State Park. Falcons Lookout is commonly used for rock climbers and abseilers, so chances are that you’ll see them doing their thing there when you hike down.

This is a one way track that you’ll need to return along the same path to get back to your car at the carpark on Ballan Ingliston Road just out of Bacchus Marsh.

Falcons lookout offers some great views overlooking Werribee Gorge. If you’re in the area from far away, there are some other hikes that you could also try out including Werribee Gorge Circuit and Ingliston Gorge Walk.

This is a Grade 3 walk. Total distance of the track is 3.5km. Suitable for most ages and fitness levels. Some bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may have short steep hill sections a rough surface and many steps.

Trail Head Options:

  • The only way to get to the start of Falcons Lookout is by car. Drive down Ballan Ingliston Road from Bacchus Marsh until you get to the Falcons Lookout carpark.

Falcons Lookout is a 3.5km track which will take about 1 hour to complete. The walking trail offers various scenic views and changes in trail conditions.

Trail Features:

  • Lookout

Falcons Lookout:

Werribee Gorge’s potential rock climbing was noticed by Keith Lockwood in 1970. His enthusiasm for the cliff’s strong architecture and spectacular setting was tempered by access difficulties but later visits by Norm Booth revealed easier access allowing visitors to quickly develop the Amphitheatre (Falcons Lookout).

Trail End Options:

  • Jump back in your car and head home.
  • Hike the 4km Ingliston Gorge circuit (coming soon).
  • Hike the 8km Werribee Gorge circuit (coming soon).

Trail Statistics:

  • Starting Point: Drive down Ballan Ingliston Road from Bacchus Marsh until you get to the Falcons Lookout carpark.
  • Hiking Trail Difficulty: Grade 3
  • Distance: 3.5km
  • Trail Type: Return Hike
  • Elevation Gain: 200m
  • Elevation Loss: 200m
  • Minimum Elevation: 275m
  • Maximum Elevation: 400m
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Ending Point: Drive down Ballan Ingliston Road from Bacchus Marsh until you get to the Falcons Lookout carpark.
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Detailed Hiking Trail Guide:

There are 3 car parks located along Ballan Ingliston Road, be sure that you are at the correct one where you will find this sign. We are heading down Ironbark Gorge Track to Falcons Lookout.

The trail descends slowly initially…

…and then a little quicker down these stairs.

Along the way you’ll pass through many different landscapes.

This hiking trail is generally very easy to follow and well signposted.

You’ll want to turn RIGHT here towards Falcons Lookout.

Only a short walk now towards the lookout.

Some views start appearing between the trees.

Keep to the track! There is another very rough trail that continues past Falcons Lookout and into Werribee Gorge, however it passes through private land and so we will not be exploring it. Others have done so and many have got lost, stuck and or have had to be rescued as a result. So we say to that, stick to the main trail in this case.

Welcome to Falcons Lookout. The white sign is for rock climbers and their safety.

Be a little careful when walking out onto these rocks because there is a 100m drop beyond them. The rocks are rather uneven and there are rock climbing hooks protruding out of several rocks.

Take in some views of Werribee Gorge.

When done looking, turn back along the track that you came on.

Head back up the trail that you came down.

Turn LEFT to head back to the carpark.

Head back up the stairs towards the carpark.

Welcome back to the carpark. If you’d like to do another short walk, you can head to the next car park along the road where you will find Ingliston Gorge Walk.

Last modified: October 4, 2017