Today my cousin met up with me at Sailor's Falls. This is where we exchanged kids...you know, Tomas went to her place up the bush and her little girl who is my Nicholas' age came to stay and entertain my other three kiddies.
This place is just such a hidden treasure. If you were not truly searching for it you would all but drive right by it.
Situated about 50 minutes drive out of Melbourne, towards the lovely Mineral Springs area of Dayelsford is Sailor's Falls. 5 kilometres shy of Dayelsford to be exact. Sailor' Falls was originally known as Tunnel Falls(More about that later).
The story behind the name of this magical place is that there was once a group of sailors who jumped ship in the 1850's. They had come to Australia to seek their fortune in the Gold Rush. They discovered this lovely creek an tried their fortune at mining the stream. What they did discover was that this creek ran into a 15metre drop water fall, and that the area was indeed rich in minerals.
Sodium Bicarbonate waters can be found in the Northern Spring Outlet.
In the 1850's, Miners tunneled in beneath the waterfalls for the rich content of the various rock formations. Sub-basaltic deep lead alluvial sediments to be exact. The tunnel and trestle supports were still present below the falls up until the 1920's.
Now, the place i a lovely picnic place and a loos top. You can walk right down to the falls and there are many tracks to go for long all day walks from the picnic area itself.
See, the magic is in the eyes of the beholder...and the smell..... naturally glorious!