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Sherbrooke Forest

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by Christopher M. McCormack (subscribe)
As a student of zoology and marine biology my passion lies in the natural world. However, my interests branch into music, sport and of course, writing.
Published November 29th 2012
Forget the busy Melbourne side walk, find peace in nature
Temperate Rainforest
Sherbrooke forest is home to enormous trees and lush ferns


Sherbrooke Forest is part of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, some 30-40km's out of Melbourne. You can find this beautiful temperate rainforest on your way to the quaint little village of Olinda. A sign will "Welcome" you to "Sherbrooke" and if you follow the road to "Woods Sherbrooke" you can meander along Poet's Lane until you come to one of the serene little parking spots/ picnic grounds that line the boundary of the forest.

The name Sherbrooke somewhat recalls men in green tights, yet I found none. What I did discover on my numerous visits to this monument to temperate Australia's natural beauty, were lyrebirds! Yes, Sherbrooke forest is well known for its population of superb lyrebirds, and was once studied by the famous lyrebird expert Ray Littlejohns (and no, that's not another Robin Hood joke).

These wonderful birds are some of the largest song birds in the world, and are still at home in the trees. However, you'll likely find them scratching their way through leaf litter not far from one of Sherbrooke Forest's many tracks.

Male Superb Lyrebird
A male superb lyrebird searches for food amongst the undergrowth. Lyrebirds are plentiful in Sherbrooke forest and can be admired close up if one is quiet enough.


If lyrebirds don't tickle your fancy, than there are many other bird species that dart amongst the vegetation of Sherbrooke, such as eastern yellow robins, white-browed shrub wrens, rufous fantails, white-throated treecreepers and many other species found only in South-eastern forests. Besides our feathered friends exist wallabies, echidnas and wombats within the forests borders. From my own experience, all of these are a potential to spot on a nice
morning walk.

White-throated treecreeper
Many small birds are at home in Sherbrooke Forest and few places elsewhere


Sherbrooke forest offers relaxing and romantic walks amongst the cool shade of hundred year old trees and the best of nature's beauty. Not far from popular tourist towns like Olinda, the forest is an absolutely ideal place for the family, or the couple looking to get away from Melbourne's busy weekends.

Find more at the Walks Victoria website.
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Why? Escape to Sherbrooke
When: Anytime
Where: Dandenong Range National Park
Cost: Free
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