A pleasant day trip from Phillip Island takes in Toora and Agnes Falls. Allow a bit less than 2 hours one way.
Watch for the turn off to Agnes Falls just near the entrance to the township.
Follow the winding road for about 15 kms before arriving at the car park for the Agnes Falls Scenic Reserve.
Agnes Falls, at 59 metres, is the highest single span falls in Victoria.
The falls are a 200 metre walk from the car park.
Water collects in streams in the Strzelecki Ranges and feeds into the Agnes River and over the falls. The best time to view the falls is after heavy rain when the falls are thunderous.
The reserve is set in a beautiful forest of tall eucalyptus – southern blue gum, blackwood and wattles. Ferns thrive in the cool, moist river gorge.
Watch out for abundant birdlife – wrens, honeyeaters, robins, and rosellas are some of the species in the area.
Shy swamp wallabies may be spotted.
Enjoy a picnic at the tables provided near the Agnes River – a lovely cool spot on a hot summer’s day.
Because the Agnes River is part of the Toora Water Catchment Area swimming is prohibited.
Follow the signs from the township to the Corner Inlet and Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park – only about 3 kilometres to the bird watching area.
The park is the breeding site for several migratory bird species which fly about 13,000 kilometres from the Arctic Circle each spring to breed.
During summer there can be 30,000 birds feeding on the inter-tidal flats which are rich in worms, crabs and shellfish.
Including the migratory birds, there are over 350 bird species. A good place to bird watch is the Toora bird hide.
Mangroves, seagrass meadows and salt marshes are important to the ecological system. There is a short boardwalk to observe them plus you can take in the views of the peaks of Wilsons Promontory.
While visiting the area, go to the viewing point for the wind farm - follow signs in the town. Up close the turbines are amazing.
There is a Heritage Building Walk around the town for visitors to learn about local history.
On the way back to Phillip Island, stop at Foster – a very pretty town with lovely and unusual gardens as part of the street scape.
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