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 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.

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 trailheads 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

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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…

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!

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16 thoughts on “Olinda Creek Walking Track – Silvan to Mt Evelyn”

  1. Hi
    Is this walking trail ends to silvan reservoir?I’ve never been in the park before,could you guys tell me what are the best walking trails?
    Cheers

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    • Hello, Yes, the walk from Mt Evelyn ends (or starts) from the Silvan Reservoir. The car park is almost opposite the main entry gates to the reservoir reserve. If you look on the website you will find lots of terrific trails, one of our favourites is from the Hamer Arboretum and into the forest.

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  2. Good evening,
    2 dogs and myself have had lovely runs amongst the trails, now that we have found them (new to the area.)
    Are dogs allowed off lead anywhere else in the Park? We are well trained, we were thinking perhaps trying for some new trails, along the edge of the park, just the other way from Mount Evelyn.
    Many thanks, Susan

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    • Hi Susan, The Olinda Creek Track is not off-lead for dogs, but they are allowed on the trail. The best off-lead area used to be the former Olinda Golf Course – BUT, signs recently went up to restrict what had been the best area for exercising dogs to be a smaller area that is hardly worth going to. This is a disgrace as it was not what was initially planned.
      Parks Victoria and the Shire seem almost determined to deter people from going there with dogs. This page has links to dog off-lead walks in the Dandenongs. https://explorethedandenongs.com.au/dog-friendly-walks-dandenong-ranges-victoria/

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    • No, horses are not allowed along the track. But the ride on the path beside Silvan Road and the fence line up to the Hamer Arboretum or along Mathias Track are worth doing. You can also ride down into Valley Picnic Ground.

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    • Hi, Unless Parks Vic changed the boundaries and the rules, it is dog-friendly as there has always been signage to say dogs are allowed, on-lead. I will be walking the trail in a couple of weeks and will check that this had not changed though, thanks for mentioning it as it is something to double-check.

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  3. I just did this walk today. The pictures need to be updated (I have some if you want) as the signage is not as clear as stated and there are multiple points where the track branches off to other tracks, or splits into two parallel tracks that re-join. They have also installed new fencing around the above-ground section of pipeline which has enclosed the track! You must now squeeze past the fence between the fence and the trees.

    There are many Mountain Bike trails crossing the track at various points as well. On the Saturday that I did the track, there was a few MTB riders around who would appear from a side track and then disappear into another one. If your dog is not a fan of cyclists, you must be aware of this possibility.

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  4. Did this walk with our dogs – two weekends in a row! Silvan to Mt Evelyn, return. Approx 10km in 2h30m. Nice mix of open and single trail, and a good challenge/climb in bits. I’d suggest it’s for the more active/athletic dogs and hikers. I wouldn’t say that it is pram friendly – single trail and stairs at Silvan end, steep hill at Mt Evelyn end.

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    • Hi Karen, you obviously did enjoy the walk to do it twice! It is a great walk and definitely a good workout. You are right that it’s not completely pram-friendly and I have highlighted on the pram-friendly walks page a bit more that people will need to read the notes and see the photos to gauge for themselves if they are up to it. Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.

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