Sherbrooke Falls Walking Track
Sherbrooke Falls, one of the most popular bushwalks in the Dandenong Ranges and one of the closest waterfalls to Melbourne. The falls are not huge (more of a cascade or trickle in the summer months) and are best seen after heavy rains, it is the ‘journey, not just the destination’. The walk is very pretty and easy to hike, 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.
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.
Olinda Falls is another pretty spot to visit with two viewing areas. Another walk to tick off your list!
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 it 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
Get Directions to Sherbrooke Picnic Ground and the start of the walk.
Get Walking Directions from the picnic ground to our favourite tree on the walking track to the Falls
Public Transport: Train to Belgrave then connect on bus route no. 694
towards Olinda. Get o at the corner of Sherbrooke Lodge Road to start the
walk. The bus will take about 15 minutes to get there.
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 in either direction, heading anti-clockwise in a circuit or clockwise.
- 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 the superb forest. Visiting in winter and after heavy rains is the best time to see a good flow over the falls.
- Continue in a loop and follow the signs which are clearly marked back to the car park.
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 involves 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.
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.