Olinda Falls Walking Track
Olinda Falls would have to be one of the most popular walks in the Dandenongs.
To access the Olinda Falls car park, drive along the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Kalorama, to the Junction of Falls Road. Follow down until the car park sign is visible, about 1 km.
The walk to the falls is pretty, though a little steep in parts. The falls themselves are not huge, but worth the walk. After heavy rains and in winter, the flow over the falls is obviously greater.
Parking is available at Olinda Falls Car Park – Corner of Falls and Doughty’s Roads.
- Total Distance: 600m to 1.6km (depending on route taken).
- Medium grade walk, reasonable fitness level required.
- Toilets and parking available at Falls car park
- Picnic tables, water and a fire pit.
- Possible to push baby buggies for the first section, but steps are then a problem.
- No Dogs allowed
Walking Directions – Olinda Falls
From the car park, it is a 300 metre walk to the falls (each way). Simply head straight down and follow the signs. Coming back it is an uphill climb.
To make the walk a little more interesting:
Exit the car park onto Falls Road (on foot) turn left and walk down the road for about 3 minutes. When the creek passes under the road on the bend (as in the photo below) turn left and follow Mechanics Track through the bush. This section follows the Olinda Creek and the chances of seeing a Lyrebird are quite good. We saw 2 on our last walk there.
This path goes for about 5 minutes, before joining the path that comes directly down from the Falls car park. Turn right and follow the signs down to the falls.
Return by walking back up the path to the car park.
Total Walk, if doing the extra little bit, is 1.6 km and takes about 35 minutes. Not allowing for resting and enjoying the falls.