• Length: 7.9km

  • Duration: 2hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Valley Picnic Ground

  • End: Valley Picnic Ground

  • Closest Town: Olinda

  • Location: Dandenong Ranges National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 50km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.8449141800

  • Longitude: 145.3852987300


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.


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).

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


Total distance: 7917 m
Max elevation: 463 m
Min elevation: 239 m
Total climbing: 587 m
Total descent: -587 m
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5 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.