Olinda Falls Walk (A Peaceful Escape From Melbourne)

Olinda Falls is one of Melbourne’s closest waterfalls and a peaceful escape from the City. Located in the Dandenong Ranges, it’s roughly an hours drive from Melbourne.

Olinda Falls are in Olinda Falls Reserve and are only a short walk (10-15 minutes) from the carpark. With two main viewing areas, such as the lower falls which are roughly 180 m below the upper falls. With both sections having their own viewing platform.

The falls cascade down from the upper fall about 180 meters and in some sections flow from 2.5 meters high.

Trail Distance: 300 meters

Time: 10-15min

Track condition and type: dirt path in good condition (some stairs) can get muddy during the rainy months.

Grade: Easy

Opening Hours: 24/7 (no gates or permits required)

Cost: FREE

Facilities: Water tap, toilets, BBQ and table (only at picnic areas)

Prohibited: No trail bikes, cat or dogs, horses, bicycles or feeding the wildlife.

Phone: 131 963

Email: info@parks.vic.gov.au

Olinda Falls address: Olinda Falls Reserve, Mt Dandenong, VIC

 

How to get to Olinda Falls

By Car:

From Melbourne, head to the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road via the Monash Freeway. The Falls Road turnoff is roughly halfway between Kalorama and Mount Dandenong, with the fall only a 300-meter walk from the carpark.

 

By Public transport:

You can catch the bus 688 from upper Ferntree Gully Railway Station. Which stops near the entrance.

Trail Directions

The trail is well signed including a large map at the start of the trail. Below is a step by step list of directions for you to follow as a guide.

The walking trail to the falls is only 300 meters long, though it can get steep when you’re closer to the creek.

From the car park/Olinda Falls picnic ground, follow the path downhill for 100 meters.

Then there will be a fork in the trail, just go straight until you reach another fork on the trail.

The right trail leads to the upper falls and the left heads downward to the lower falls.

Recommend looking at the upper fall first since it’s only a very short path.

My Journey

I needed to escape the City for a few hours and enjoy a quick hike in some country side. With a little Googling I found an easy walking trail (Olinda Falls walk) which offered a great little escape with a purpose of viewing the Olinda Falls.

I’m starting to enjoy these little adventures from the suburbs of Melbourne. With the Dandenong ranges only an hour from Melbourne. Offering fun little forest adventures like 1000 Steps, Sherbrooke Falls and now Olinda Falls.

After making my way down the path from the carpark and toward the falls through the large trees, I reach the fork with a choice of the upper falls and lower falls.

I decided to explore the upper falls first since it's only a short path. There’s a wooden viewing platform and the upper falls are a nice stream over some rock surrounded by ferns, it's nice and peaceful with a relaxing atmosphere.

After a short time, I find myself heading to the lower falls. The path heads downward with some steps and a few rocks to navigate. Before reaching the lower fall I notice an unmarked path through a broken handrail about half way along the trail to the lower falls.

I clamber down the  muddy unmarked path to another section of the falls.  Which gives me a great view of the falls coming down the rocks toward me.

 

The Olinda Falls where a lot nicer than I had expected, nothing too impressive but a nice area to explore. I’m sure in winter or after a large rain the falls would be raging and totally worth checking out again, especially from the lower platform.

Other Waterfalls and Trails in the Area

If you have more time, I recommend visiting Sherbrooke Fall and taking on the challenge of the 1000 Steps. Both are nearby and a great extra bonus that's worth exploring.

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