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Located in the cool climate of the Dandenong Ranges, Olinda Falls is a perfect place to have a quiet picnic, short walk and spend time with the family.
From Olinda Falls car park head down to the lower falls then back up to the upper falls. The walk to Olinda Falls is only 350 metres to the viewing platform and 500 metres to the base of the falls. The walk itself takes between 10 - 15 minutes and is shaded from the car park all the way down to the falls. There are picnic tables, running water, toilets and plenty of shade to sit in.
From there you will follow Mechanic Track. You will pass over one dirt road but keep going until you reach the end of the track which will be the main bitumen road. Turn right and go past the kindergarten till you reach Falls Rd. Turn right again and go down the hill till you get to the car park again.
About the region
Less than an hour from Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges is a whole life experience away, offering breathtaking scenery, romantic hideaways and indulgent adventures. The Dandenong Ranges is a haven of hidden delights with scenic winding roads to quaint hilltop villages. There is an abundance of artist studios, craft stores and renowned gardens to explore as well as walking and cycling trails through mountain ash forests and clean, refreshing air.
Olinda falls is in the Olinda Reserve, which can be accessed via Falls road, straight off the Mt Dandenong Tourist road. Mt Dandenong Tourist road begins at Montrose and meanders through Mt Dandenong, Olinda and Sassafras before joining onto the Burwood Highway at Upper Ferntree Gully.
- Easy walk for the family. Nothing too hard and great for a family morning hike.
Contributed by Antony Boxall
Max elevation: 520 m
Min elevation: 358 m
Total climbing: 396 m
Total descent: -392 m