Olinda Falls, Melbourne, VIC
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Olinda Falls are the best waterfalls for viewing within the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne. The falls are broken into the upper and lower falls about 180 metres apart, each with a separate walking track to the creek and separate viewing platforms. Take a look at the upper falls first before spending more time at the taller, multi-level lower falls. At the lower falls you can walk across a steel bridge spanning the creek that lets you view the falls from both sides, as well as being able to watch the water rush underneath your feet. You can also access the water here if you want to dangle your feet in on a hot day. Both the upper and lower falls have elevated viewing platforms in front of the falls to one side.

Olinda Falls on Olinda Creek in the Dandenongs Above: Olinda Falls viewed from the footbridge (Order gifts or prints of this image)

The walking track to the falls is only 300 metres, but it is quite steep and gets steeper as you approach the creek. Make sure you save enough energy for the walk back up the hill after your visit. The forest is relatively open and dry here for the Dandenongs, but still with abundant bird life. If you are looking for some more exercise, you can also continue down the even steeper Cascade Track, which follows the Olinda Creek northwards beside several more cascades, starting near the lower falls.
A few new picnic tables have been installed in the picnic ground near the car park if you want to have some refreshments, a snack or a packed lunch while you are here.

Here is a video of the falls, taken in the middle of the day in August, when the creek was flowing strongly, but not in flood:

Your Seasonal Guide:
Best Time of Year to Visit:Best Time of Day to Visit:
Reliable flow all year except during summer/autumn in drought yearsMid-morning to early afternoon to see the falls in full sun
Other Essential Information:
Location: Olinda Falls Picnic Ground, Falls Road, Olinda. 45 km (approx. 1 hr drive) east of the Melbourne CBD.
Latitude:-37.834406 Longitude:145.369897
Getting there: From Melbourne head to the Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd via either the Monash Fwy to Ferntree Gully Rd or the Eastern Fwy to Mount Dandenong Rd. The Falls Rd turnoff is halfway between Kalorama and Mount Dandenong. The falls are an 300m walk from the car park.
Water source: Olinda Creek
Approx. height: Several sections with around 2-5 metre falls in each section.
Approx. width: 2-5 m, depending on flow conditions
Approx. length: 200 m from the top of the upper falls to the bottom of the lower falls
Swimming available at the falls: No, only sitting in the water at the lower falls
Facilities: Car park, picnic tables, toilet, water tap
Entrance fee: Not applicable
Opening times: Always open
Sun shade: Shade available at the falls and in the picnic ground
Wheelchair access: None, but there is a toilet for the disabled in the picnic ground
Prohibitions: No dogs, no cats, no horseriding, no trail bikes, no firearms, no taking of native plants or animals, only light fires in fireplaces provided
Accommodation Options: There is no camping at the Olinda Falls picnic area. If you are visiting Melbourne and want to stay near this waterfall, you can try accommodation in Olinda.
Managing authority: Parks Victoria
Nearby attractions: Sherbrooke Falls, also in the Dandenongs, 11 km by road to the south.
Before you head out, make sure to read the waterfall safety information.
Locality Map:
The marker indicates the location of the car park at the falls.
Change of Conditions:
According to the managing authority, the track to the lower falls is temporarily closed due to a fallen tree and a damaged handrail. This advice commenced on 30 December 2016 and is current as of 22 May 2016. Thanks to XT from Melbourne for alerting this change of conditions to waterfallseasons.com.
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