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O’Donohue Picnic Ground

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by Sue Williams (subscribe)
Writer, bushwalker, dessert enthusiast. Author of the Rusty Bore Mysteries. More info here:
Published June 7th 2012
Entering O'Donohue Picnic Ground
Entering O'Donohue Picnic Ground

Tucked away in the Dandenongs is O'Donohue Picnic Ground, a gem of a park surrounded by the tall mountain ash of Sherbrooke forest.

With picnic tables, free electric barbeques, very clean toilets and a wide green lawn, this picnic spot is perfect for a quiet picnic or barbeque. Given the popularity of the Dandenongs National Park, it's surprising this park is so peaceful and little-known.

Picnic tables at O'Donohue
Picnic tables at O'Donohue

On Sherbrooke Lodge Road, the picnic area was established in 1999 from a former pine plantation, and named after James O'Donohue, the first park ranger at Sherbrooke.

Parks Victoria cleared the pine plantation in the late 1990's and sowed mountain ash seed, creating what is now a lovely picnic ground surrounded by regenerating forest.

There are several picnic tables and a large grassy area for setting up a picnic blanket. There's some shade but no covered picnic shelters, so it's definitely worth bringing a hat and sunscreen.

Plenty of space for a picnic blanket
Plenty of space for a picnic blanket

The park is maintained by volunteers from Friends of Sherbrooke Forest who carry out regular activities, working bees as well as community events where the public can learn more about the wildlife of Sherbrooke Forest. They welcome new members.

There are some easy short walks from the picnic ground into the shaded, cool Sherbrooke forest. There's a walk to Sherbrooke Falls, an easy 2.4km on a path surrounded by mountain ash and tree ferns. There's also the slightly longer Sherbrooke Loop, a 4.8km walk, through mountain ash and also cool temperate rainforest. There's a map showing the walks on the information board at the picnic ground and also here.

O'Donohue Picnic Ground is easily accessible by car, on Sherbrooke Lodge Road which is between Mount Dandenong Tourist Road and Monbulk Road.
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Why? It's such a peaceful place for a picnic
When: Anytime except days of Total Fire Ban
Where: Sherbrooke Lodge Road, Kallista
Cost: Free
Sue, your articles always make me say "I didn't know that was there!" It's on my list.
By carol298 - reader
Friday, 26th of August @ 01:57 am
Thanks Carol - I hope you enjoy O'Donohue's as much as I do!
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer
Friday, 26th of August @ 04:17 am
Thanks for this. Planning to visit some time soon.
By Anonymous
Sunday, 2nd of December @ 06:39 am
Sounds wonderful. Just a query- does the 2.4 km walk have any steep hills or steps? Susan
By Susan Magar - reader
Thursday, 15th of February @ 11:27 pm
This looks lovely - looking forward to a picnic there.
By genev - reader
Tuesday, 6th of October @ 08:40 am
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