There are countless ways to walk the tracks that criss-cross the Dandenong Ranges National Park.
This is just one version, but if you're looking for an hour's walk that gets your heart beating a little, rewarding you with a breather at the Sherbrooke Falls and an easy walk back to the car, this round trip of about 2.5 km might take your fancy.
Park outside the entrance to the Pound Creek Track - Terrys Avenue (Belgrave-Ferny Creek Road), Tecoma (Melways ref 75 E7). This track has recently been closed to the public but not much seems to have been done to fix it. Dodge the eroded middle parts of the track as you walk through the large tree ferns, mountain ash and eucalypts of the area.
A left turn onto the Hilllclimb Track, winds you along for about a kilometre before it reaches the Sherbrooke Falls. The terrain here becomes a little more damp, with that luscious dank smell coming up out of decomposing undergrowth if it's recently rained. If you're unfit like me, you may need to stop a few times to rest. Not such a major problem with such gorgeous surrounds. Sniff deep.
Keep your ears and eyes peeled for the shy lyrebirds that occasionally run across the path, with their amazing repertoire of impersonations. The kookaburra call is technically brilliant but missing a few beats at the end - obviously not a native speaker.
Your reward for a minor cardio workout are the steps leading left down to the Sherbrooke Falls. The Falls are part of the Sherbrooke Creek, originating from a spring further north.