Sherbrooke Falls Trail
Sherbrooke Falls, one of the most popular walks in the Dandenong Ranges and one of the closest waterfalls to Melbourne. The falls are not huge by any means and are best seen after heavy rains, it is the ‘journey, not just the destination’. The walk is very pretty and easy to do, involving some steps when crossing over the bridge by the falls. The Sherbrooke Forest is quite a large area with a number of access points.
Olinda Falls is another pretty spot to visit with two viewing areas. Another walk to tick off your list!
A number of tracks intersect the Sherbrooke Falls trail, making it possible to walk for miles. It is even possible to walk the 1000 Steps then continue across to Sherbrooke, using public transport is a good way to do this extended hike and it would make for a fantastic day out.
Notes for Sherbrooke Falls Walk:
- Total Distance: 2.4km
- Walking time: 45 minutes
- Easy grade walk
- Possible to push baby prams, though some steps to negotiate at the falls. Be aware that is in not pram friendly all the way – refer to the notes and images.
- No dogs allowed.
- Picnic Tables and BBQ’s at Sherbrooke Picnic ground
- Toilets available.
- Parking at Sherbrooke Picnic Ground
Sherbrooke Falls Walk:
- From the car park, follow the sign to the falls. The track is easy to follow initially, passing by a wonderful old tree with a hollowed centre, kids love to go inside.
- At the first junction point, the falls can be accessed heading to the left or straight on. To make a loop walk, follow the track on the left and continue, another track joins in, but keep heading in a clockwise direction.
- The viewing area is from the walkway across the falls. As mentioned, the falls are not huge by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a really pretty spot and the walk is through superb forest. Visiting in winter and after heavy rains is the best time to see a good flow over the falls.
- After crossing the bridge, turn right and follow the path back up the hill.(Turning left will take walkers down towards Belgrave and Micawber Tavern…)
- The path forks again, to the left it heads to the west side of Sherbrooke Forest. Continue right to return to the car park.
At the first junction point, the falls can be accessed from either track. To make a loop walk, follow the track on the left and continue, another track joins in, but keep heading in a clockwise direction.
Steps down to the walkway across the falls viewing area. I have taken a baby pram down here, but it was an ‘all-terrain’ type. If you plan to do this, please take care as it involes steps down and up the other side and the pathway is quite narrow.
The viewing area is from the walkway across the falls. As mentioned, the falls are not huge by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a really pretty spot. Visiting in winter and after heavy rains would be the best times to see a good flow over the falls. The walk is pretty and worth doing at any time of the year though!
Taking the path to the right goes back to the car park. The left trail heads away but can be used to extend the walk and loop back to the car park.
One of my favourite trees in the Dandenongs. The burls are awesome. It is on the main trail when returning to the Sherbrooke picnic grounds. The location of the tree is marked on the Sherbrooke Forest page with a detailed map.
Sherbrooke Forest Picnic Ground
The picnic ground is really pretty with BBQ’s, picnic tables and toilets. This is a great spot to see Crimson Rosellas and other birds. Feeding the birds is not allowed.