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Olinda Falls

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published April 8th 2013
Be surrounded by massive trees and sounds of water cascade
Olinda Falls


Olinda Falls is located in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges and is situated next to the well renowned Rhododendron gardens on Falls Rd Olinda.

Picnic ground


There is a picnic ground surrounded by towering trees and lush green fern forest below, with Sulphur Crested Cockatoos screeching as they frolic high in the trees above.

Dwarfed by the tree


Standing at the base of the trees you see how small you are in comparison to nature. It's an extremely humbling experience standing surrounded by these massive trees that have been here for many lifetimes.


We came to Olinda Falls to do the Falls and Olinda Valley walks. We organised ourselves for the 14km hike, starting with the short 500 metre walk from the car park to the waterfall (graded moderate to steep) at the falls. During the short walk we began talking to a man from a local bush walking club and he advised us the tracks were too narrow for the prams and that they could become stuck.

Although usually up for an adventure we decided to take his advice, as the thought of carrying prams and children over slippery ground didn't seem like the challenge I felt like today, but we're sure to return and complete this walk with child packs instead.



Alternatively we decided on the Olinda Creek track, which was suggested from another walker (this will be covered in a following article)

The great thing about going to the falls is that being under 1 km return, you don't have to be fit or interested in walking to appreciate the waterfall.



This walk is great if you're touring around the Dandenong Ranges, you can go for a short stroll, stretch the legs and be surrounded by these massive trees.

It really is a spot that will make you feel overwhelmed with the beauty of nature, so take the time to enjoy it.

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Why? To be surrounded by massive trees
When: All year round
Where: Falls Rd, Olinda
Cost: Free
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