Silvan to Mt Evelyn, Dog-Friendly Walk on 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 kms away.
  • 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.

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Silvan to Mt Evelyn

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Parking at Silvan: -37.824376, 145.407040
Grey Gum Track to Olinda Creek Track: -37.821698, 145.404132
Olinda Creek Track: -37.817728, 145.403081
Main track to Mt Evelyn: -37.817382, 145.402012
To the Mt Evelyn Reserve: -37.797471, 145.382088
Mt Evelyn Reserve: -37.796022, 145.381166

Have you done the Olinda Creek Walking Track with a pram and kids? Add your comments below perhaps…

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2 Comments

  1. Karen June 22, 2017 at 9:07 am - Reply

    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.

    • Editor June 22, 2017 at 9:32 am - Reply

      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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