• Length: 7.9km

  • Duration: 2hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Valley Picnic Ground

  • End: Valley Picnic Ground

  • Location: Dandenong Ranges National Park

  • Closest Town: Olinda

  • Distance from CBD: 50km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.84491418

  • Longitude: 145.3852987

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Valley and Eagle Nest Loop is a 7.9km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in Dandenong Ranges National Park, Victoria. The hike should take approximately 2hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

The Valley and Eagle Nest Loop is a superb walk on well-maintained tracks through the lush forest. Situated in the newest section of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, not far from Silvan Reservoir.

It is, possibly, the most remote of all the walks in the Dandenong Ranges. A number of trails branch off this track and walks can be extended. This variation is an extension of the standard 3km circuit.

This walk is a few minutes drive from the Olinda Falls carpark. It is not marked but you can easily follow the path/road signs to complete the circuit. There is a good uphill section and finishes with a very narrow walkway.

Walk past the toilets onto eagle nest road until you reach eagle nest picnic ground. Turn left onto Hermons track and then right on Georges track (possums track on map). Follow this until you see Barges track, turn left here. Stay on this past Bartlett track (which you'll cross twice) then straight ahead you'll find rifle range gully. You will come to a fork and you want to take the left track called black hole track (unmarked).

About the region

The forested slopes of the Dandenong Ranges are a place of tranquil forest walks, quaint hilltop towns and charismatic animals such as lyrebirds and wallabies. Conquer the famous 1000 Steps, discover Olinda Falls and enjoy commanding views over Melbourne and the Yarra Valley.

The Dandenong Ranges is a rainforest getaway on Melbourne's doorstep. A short drive or train ride from the city you will find steep volcanic hills covered in stands of the world's tallest flowering tree, the Mountain Ash. Living among the greenery are wallabies, lyrebirds, wombats and the Powerful Owl so please ensure you leave your dogs at home to avoid disturbing the local wildlife.

The mountains of the Dandenong Ranges offer stunning views across Melbourne. Waterfalls are also a feature of this cool temperate rainforest. Olinda Falls and Sherbrooke Falls are best after rain. Just don't forget to wear hiking boots.

Getting there

Olinda falls is easy to navigate to and can be typed into google maps. From here you follow Falls road past the National Rhododendron Gardens then onto Chalet road past the R. J. Hamer Arboretum. Take a left onto Silvan road then left onto Boundary road. Follow this until you reach the picnic ground.


Although there are toilets there they are pretty filthy. Do not recommend using them

GPX File

Total distance: 7917 m
Max elevation: 463 m
Min elevation: 239 m
Total climbing: 587 m
Total descent: -587 m
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11 thoughts on “Valley and Eagle Nest Loop (7.9km)

  1. I actually missed the last part of the loop, there is a fork off rifle range gully where you should go right (unmarked track), and then later the left fork onto the final unmarked black hole track. That was lacking in the written info, but discoverdi it on the map when I ended back on Georges road by mistake.

  2. We also got confused at the start of the walk as we could not find the toilet (I think they decided to remove it) so we walked past a vehicle gate onto a road called boundary track, we walked down this until a ‘T’ intersection, turned right and followed the above instructions.
    We also have the same issue on rifle range gully, we did not see the track that went off to the right so it must be a small track?

  3. Unfortunately the map is very inaccurate around the Eagle Nest Picnic Ground. Heading west, along Herman Track, the map shows a right turn onto Possum Track. We walked back and forth along Herman’s track three times, and couldn’t find it. Unless it really is only meant for possums. It seems you have to go further along Herman track to George’s Rd before you can turn north. Unfortunately George’s Rd was blocked off yesterday because of a controlled burn.

    1. Thanks for the update Paul. Be interested to see a gpx file if you happened to have recorded one. The file on this site is from when I have hiked that circuit so it may well have changed. Until I am able to get out that way again, or upload a route that someone else has tracked, people should read this comment and be mindful that the route may have changed. I know that possum track was meant to be repaired so maybe they decided to simply remove it.

  4. For the most part, this walk is super basic with wide fire roads like the above picture. Pretty much grade 2 and the first half is a little dull in places. There are plenty of detours you can take and one good one is to take Bobcat Track from Georges Rd to Bartlett Rd. This is a good little climb that ends in a pretty glade where we spotted lyrebirds foraging for food. This is clearly marked on the map. Rifle Range Gully is the highlight of this walk and the only part that gets off roads into some interesting bush. Make sure you include this section.

  5. One more thing: the road to the valley carpark was closed on the Tuesday we visited (10am). Just seemed like the ranger forgot to open it. We parked at the gate (Silvan and Boundary Rds) and then walked to the Valley carpark from there (just follow Boundary Rd). This and the return journey adds 2.6km to the hike (1.3km each way).

  6. The toilet at Valley Picnic Ground had been out of use for a long time and has now been completely removed.
    Possum track has basically returned to bush.
    The alternative is to continue along Hermon Track to Georges Road, turn right, follow Georges Road back to where the other end of Possum Track was, adding about 1.5km to the circuit.

  7. Lovely walk. Thanks. The start was a bit confusing and ended doing it clockwise. It was straightforward apart from the start of Possum Track which we missed as too busy chatting – it’s a bit scratchy to pick out. It is still a clear track. The “Getting There” section could be revised. The Valley Picnic Ground is on Google Maps and the route via the Olinda-Monbulk road and then Woolrich road is much easier to follow.

  8. Enjoyed the walk and did it clockwise from Valley Picnic ground. First part was not as beautiful as the rest. The sound as the wind comes rolling through the trees is wonderful. Must do more of these to get fit again. I downloaded the GPX map onto my new etrex10 and navigated that way. Thank you for placing these maps on the site. Really appreciate them.
    1. I went through 2 litres of water. It was in the mid 30’s mind you.
    2. The March flies are plentiful and starving. Wear long pants or use some Bushmans friend. I had neither and could not stand still for too long.
    3. Plan your trip as there are many different tracks so have a good idea as to where you are going.
    Thanks for the great site.

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