Best times to visit
Waterfalls are at there best in the winters after a rainstorm or passing shower. In the summers, the area typically offers a cool relief to visitors, but the flow over the falls can be somewhat of a disappointment. For the purpose of photography, overcast days offer the best conditions. Consider visiting this spot either early in the morning, or late in the afternoon. When the sun is overhead, harsh shadows can ruin a good photographic opportunity.
Allow for at least an hour of daylight to take this location in without having to rush. The approach to the falls is quick (about 10 minutes) over a mostly flat walking trail which leads to a viewing deck. One can get closer to the falls by climbing over the viewing deck, but beware – the constant flow of water in the area makes the rocks very slippery. I do not recommend that anyone who is not reasonably sure-fotted undertake this. I certainly do not recommend that anyone attempt to do this on their own, and only attempt to do this when with a companion. I recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots for a visit here. Under no circumstances should one wear open-toed shoes or sandals.
While the falls generate a fair bit of spray, there is little chance that your camera lenses will be affected directly, though you might get dripped on from any rainwater clinging onto leaves of the trees above you on a wet day. I highly recommend the use of a tripod here. You might consider going off the beaten path across the stream to shoot from another perspective. Consider using lenses of focal lengths under 85mm. In order to capture the smooth flow of the water, I recommend using a neutral density filter.
If you’re planning on coming here at the end of the day, be sure to carry a flashlight or headlamp with you.
On an overcast day, when there are passing showers in the area, carry an umbrella or raincoat with you. Consider carrying or using some insect repellent in the summer.
Pedestrian Access: Unpaved path.
Fitness levels required: Suitable for any reasonably fit individual. Not suitable for individuals with mobility restrictions.
Walk Difficulty: Easy
Amount of time required at the site: About 45 minutes.
Price of Admission: Free
Access hours: 24 hours a day
Notes of caution: In the interest of personal safety, this is a location that I recommend visiting with at least one other companion. Mobile phones do not work in this area. Consider carrying walkie-talkies to stay in touch with each other.
Recommendations: The parking lot opens up in a shaded glade which is a great spot to break for a bite to eat. Carry some food with you to eat either before, or after the shoot. On a hot day, carry some drinking water with you.
Stevenson falls is about 35km from Apollo Bay, and takes about 40 minutes to drive to. It is one of several waterfalls in close vicinity to each other, and has perhaps the easiest approach among all the waterfalls in the area. Like all waterfalls, it is best viewed on an overcast day, especially after there have a few passing showers in the area.