Silvan to Mt Evelyn Bushwalk

The Silvan to Mt Evelyn is a great walk, 4.6 km each way, and is also dog-friendly. Starting from the Silvan overflow car park on Stonyford Road (almost opposite the entrance to the Reservoir Park), the walk is reasonably easy with some undulations and narrow sections.

A car shuffle with one car at Silvan and another at Mt Evelyn Recreation Reserve then doing the walk one-way is an option or the return hike is just under 10kms.

Walk Notes:

  • 4.6 km each way | 9.2kms return | 1 to 1.5 hours each way.
  • Easy walking on mostly firm tracks apart from Olinda Creek Track where it can get a bit muddy and is narrow.
  • Park at either the overflow parking on Silvan Road or Mt Evelyn Recreation Reserve.
  • Toilets available at Mt Evelyn Rec Reserve or in the Silvan Reservoir opposite the overflow parking area.
  • Picnic facilities at Silvan Reservoir Park of Mt Evelyn Recreation Reserve.
  • Get Directions to the overflow car park on Stonyford Road
  • Get directions to the Rec Reserve in Mt Evelyn
  • Public Transport: The easiest way to do this walk by public transport would be to start at the Mt Evelyn end. Train to Lilydale station then bus route no. 663, get o the bus along York Road at the Mt Evelyn Recreation Reserve.

Walking Directions:

  •  Start the walk from the left end of the parking area. The track is clearly marked to Mt Evelyn Reserve, 4.6 km away.
  • Follow the track towards the Silvan water treatment plant, until reaching the fence line where Grey Gum Track leads off to the right.
  • Follow Grey Gum Track along the fence line for a short way and continue until Olinda Creek Track branches off to the left.
  • A few steps to walk down and then a small bridge crossing over Olinda Creek, the track continues a short distance to then meet the main trail which is clearly marked to Mt Evelyn.
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  • Once over the footbridge and on the wider section of Olinda Creek Track, follow the signage all the way.
  • The last section of the walk heads down an open, reasonably steep hill…
  • At the base of the big hill, turn right onto a small track that leads into the Mt Evelyn Reserve.
  • It is a 20-minute walk into Mt Evelyn township from the reserve. Toilets, picnic areas, and a small playground are just across the playing field. There is access to the creek by the playground, which is great for a paddle on a hot day. Dogs are allowed access at this point too.

Silvan Reservoir to Mt-Evelyn

Start the walk from the left end of the parking area.

Silvan Reservoir to Mt-Evelyn

Silvan Reservoir to Mt-Evelyn

Grey Gum Track

Silvan Reservoir to Mt-Evelyn

Follow the track towards the Silvan water treatment plant.

Silvan Reservoir to Mt-Evelyn

Follow Grey Gum Track along the fence line for a short way. The fenceline has been moved and the track is now really narrow in this section. Why? Who knows.

Grey Gum Track, Mt Evelyn Walk
This is the reduced Grey Gum walking track alongside the Melbourne Water area. How daft to chock a perfectly good track up.

Silvan Reservoir to Mt-Evelyn

Olinda Creek Track narrows, passing by an old bench covered in moss, and the remains of a huge fallen tree, to a small bridge that crosses Olinda Creek…

Silvan Reservoir to Mt-Evelyn

Silvan Reservoir to Mt-Evelyn

A few steps and then crossing over Olinda Creek, the track continues a short distance to then meet the main trail which is clearly marked to Mt Evelyn.

Silvan Reservoir to Mt-Evelyn

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Once on the wider section of Olinda Creek Track, follow all the way…

Silvan Reservoir to Mt-Evelyn

Mt Evelyn Recreation Reserve

The last section of the trail goes down a reasonably steep hill… This is looking up from the Mt Evelyn end.

Mt Evelyn Recreation Reserve

At the base of the big hill, turn right onto a small track that leads into the Mt Evelyn Reserve or stay on the track to come out onto York Road.

Mt Evelyn Recreation Reserve field

It is a 20-minute walk into Mt Evelyn township from the reserve. Toilets, picnic areas, and a small playground are just across the playing field. There is also a terrific spot near the playground where dogs can have a drink and dip their paws into the creek. It is popular with local dog-walkers.

Another excellent walk is from the top of Mt Dandenong all the way to Mt Evelyn

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