Silvan to Mt Evelyn, Dog-Friendly Walk along the Olinda Creek Track

The Olinda Creek walking track is 4.6 km’s One-way, the Silvan to Mt Evelyn is a great walk that is also dog-friendly. Starting from the Silvan overflow car park on Silvan Road, the walk is easy with some undulations. Parking a car at Silvan and another at Mt Evelyn Recreation Reserve and doing the walk one-way is an option or the return hike is just under 10kms.

This is a great walk to do either one-way or return, it is ‘almost’ pram friendly, the section heading down to Olinda Creek and across the bridge is the only section that needs extra effort to negotiate if  a pram is being pushed. Not impossible by any means, though can get muddy.

Walk Notes:

  • 4.6 kms each way | 9.2kms return | 1 to 1.5 hours each way.
  • Easy walking on mostly firm tracks apart from Olinda Creek Track where is 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.

Walking Directions:

  • Enter the Overflow Parking area from Silvan Road.
  • 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 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.
  • Once on the wider section of Olinda Creek Track, follow all the way.
  • The last section of the trail heads down a 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 area and a small playground are just across the playing field.

Silvan Reservoir to Mt-Evelyn

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

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.

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

Silvan-Reservoir-Mt-Evelyn (15)

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 heads down a reasonably steep hill…

Mt Evelyn Recreation Reserve

At the base of the big hill, turn right onto a small track that leads into the Mt Evelyn Reserve.

Mt Evelyn Recreation Reserve field

It is a 20-minute walk into Mt Evelyn township from the reserve. Toilets, picnic area and a small playground are just across the playing field.

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