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Probably the most popular of several waterfalls within the Grampian National Park

Named by explorer Mitchell on the 21st. of July 1836, the MacKenzie River rises in the higher reaches of The Grampians and flows north-westward through Zumsteins towards Mt. Zero. The falls can be reached down a well constructed walk.

The Grampians Ranges are formed largely of sedimentary sandstone deposited about 420 million years ago. The ranges were probably in existence by 400 million years ago, although they may have been uplifted again about 50 million years ago. The rock in the photo is all sandstone. Granite forms only a minor part of the Grampians, occupying valleys like the Victoria Valley and the McKenzie Valley. The granite is 400 million years old, so is not much younger than the sandstone. The formation of the mountain ranges are the remnants of a much larger plateau that has been eroded away over tens of millions of years. The hard sandstone was more resistant to erosion than the surrounding rocks, which is why it forms the ranges. Nevertheless, it is still being eroded, forming the fantastic landscape that we see today (thanks vjmite)

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