Sherbrooke falls trail, It’s a fun escape (only 55 min From Melbourne CBD)

Sherbrooke falls is a quite bush getaway on the outskirts of Melbourne located in Sherbrooke forest. Even though the falls aren’t very impressive and basically a small stream over some rocks. The journey to the falls is worth the trip and is still one of the most popular trails in the Dandenong ranges with one of the closest waterfall to Melbourne.

Sherbrooke forest is green, large and an awesome place to explore. Weather you feel like exploring the many trails that entwine or enjoying the picnic area with friends and family, Its a peaceful escape.

 

Trail Distance: 1.2 km

Time: 30 min (one way)

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

Grade: easy (flat ground)

Starting: Sherbrooke Picnic Ground

Finish: Sherbrooke Falls

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.

 

My journey

I started the Sherbrooke falls walk mid morning after realizing is was going to be a nice Melbourne day. The drive took less than a hour and started to get fun when I turned onto Dandenong tourist rd. This is where the road starts making its way up into the Dandenong  rangers with lots of tight turns and great views.

I started the walk from Sherbrooke falls picnic ground. After looking at the visitors sign briefly, I walked through the gate a the start of the trail.

The walk to the falls was very relaxing, I was surrounded by large trees and the path was well signed with some interesting area to look at along the way.

The walk wasn't long, only 30 min before I reached the bridge that crosses over Sherbrooke falls.

 

The falls where a bit of an anti- climax, nothing more than a little stream making its way down some rock.

Even though the fall where unimpressive, it did give purpose to taking a walk in this peaceful section of Sherbrooke forest. Maybe next time I should come after it rains or after a  big storm to see the falls rage under the bridge.

Since it's still early in the day, I going to head over to Olinda fall. It's only 15 min drive from Sherbrooke falls picnic ground and worth the extra trip.

The falls where a bit of an anti- climax, nothing more than a little stream making its way down some rock.

Even though the fall where unimpressive, it did give purpose to taking a walk in this peaceful section of Sherbrooke forest. Maybe next time I should come after it rains or after a  big storm to see the falls rage under the bridge.

Since it's still early in the day, I going to head over to Olinda fall. It's only 15 min drive from Sherbrooke falls picnic ground and worth the extra trip.

Best time to visit Sherbrooke falls

The Sherbrooke falls flow all year, though its best form during the rainy month March to October. With June and July with the heaviest rains offering the best views of the Sherbrooke falls. It’s the driest in January and February. Even though the falls aren’t at their best during summer months, the Sherbrooke trail is still great to explore.

Best time is during the early morning due to the sunlight shining through the tree canopy onto the falls.

Sherbrooke falls address / starting point

The best starting point is from one of the two picnic ground located NE from the falls.

Address: Corner of Sherbrooke Rd & Sherbrooke lodge Rd, Sherbrooke VIC 3789

From here you will see the entrance to Sherbrooke picnic grounds on your right or follow Sherbrooke lodge Rd 100m  further and O’Donohue Picnic Ground is on your right.

 

How to get to Sherbrooke falls trail

By Car

Sherbrooke falls are proximity 55 min from Melbourne CBD .

Take the M1

From the M1 Turn left onto Napoleon Rd.

Right onto Mount Dandenong tourist RdRight onto Sherbrooke Rd.

Right onto Sherbrooke lodge Rd and you are at the entrance to the picnic ground

By Public transport

Catch the train to Belgrave station there, catch the Bus 663 towards Lilydale Station or Bus 694 towards Olinda stop 20m from the picnic ground entrance on Sherbrooke Rd/Monbulk Rd.  

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.

 

From Sherbrooke falls picnic ground

Starting point: Sherbrooke falls picnic ground.

After finding the track ( well signed) go through the gate

Turn right at fork in the rd (left goes to O’Donohue Picnic Ground)

Head straight on the track ( don't turn right on to the wooden  bridge)

Keep going straight along the track until you reach a fork in the rd. then you can go either left or right. Each way head to the fall that are only 200m further along.

Walk 200m and turn either right or left down onto the bridge that crosses the falls.

Point of interest

Sherbrooke falls (only 1m wide by 2.5 m high)

The area’s finest sassafras and mountain ash trees, with some 200 years old.

Home to the Lyrebird species, which is a native Australian bird with a very unique tail and is a ground dweller. They also have the ability to mimic sounds, either natural or artificial.

 

Sherbrooke falls Picnic ground

The picnic ground offers a great starting or finishing area for the Sherbrooke falls. With picnic tables , BBQ surrounded by the tall trees of Sherbrooke forest.

O’Donohue Picnic Ground

This is another picnic ground a 100m from Sherbrooke falls picnic ground. With picnic tables, public toilets (clean and good condition), BBQ and a small grass area to run around on. It's also another staring point to Sherbrooke falls.

Accommodation

There is no camping in Sherbrooke forest, though there are pliantly of great cottages, guesthouses and hotels to stay in the nearest towns Sassafras or Kallista. The towns have a very cosy feeling about them with small cafes and interesting country shops. It's worth stopping for lunch even if you're not planning on staying the night.

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