Reward a weekend wander with spectacular views of cascading waterfalls. Adventurers, lace up and stretch your legs to watch the falls from on high; amblers, make friends with fronds an take an easy stroll through rainforest to watch from below.

Weekend wanderers, take your pick from our top waterfall wanders in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

1. Steavenson Falls Trail

An easy 700-metre (return) stroll to Steavenson Falls, one of Victoria's highest waterfalls, that can be made day or night – the path and falls are floodlit between dusk and midnight.

2. Tree Fern Gully Trail

A gentle 3.4-kilometre, one-and-half-hour (one way) walk among manna gum, mountain ash and shady fern trees from Marysville to Steavenson Falls.

3. Keppel Lookout Trail

A steep 11-kilometre, three-to-four hour (return) hike with spectacular rewards: views across Marysville, the Cathedral Range State Park and Steavenson Falls from Keppel Lookout, plus views from the top and base of Steavenson Falls.

4. Sherbrooke Falls Trail

An easy, flat 1.2-kilometre, 30-minute (return) meander through ferns, sassafras and mountain ash to Sherbrooke Falls in the Dandenong Ranges.

5. Cumberland Walk

A breathtaking four-kilometre, two-hour walk with short, steep hills, leading to two waterfalls in the Yarra Ranges National Park: Cora Lynn Falls and Cumberland Falls.

6. Keppel Falls Walk

A two-kilometre, 45-minute (return) wander with an upstream climb to the cascading, tiered Keppel Falls in the Yarra Ranges National Park.

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