Horseshoe Falls is a cascade that runs over a mound of clay in the bed of Olinda Creek in Mount Evelyn. The pock-marked surface of the clay creates
a shimmering pattern on the water surface, with a dark muddy pool below.
Above: Horseshoe Falls in Quinns Reserve, Mount Evelyn
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As far as waterfalls go, this one is vertically challenged, but there are still plenty of reasons why this is worth a visit. For those who
live in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, the walk to the falls is an easily accessible nature walk that is physically challenging for those
wanting to get some moderate exercise.
The surrounding forest is dark with dense undergrowth, with the narrow track giving you a sense of being enclosed by nature. Olinda Creek can be
heard nearby, with the rush of Horseshoe Falls audible on a calm day from some distance away.
Above: Horseshoe Falls from above the falls
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At the falls, there are some interesting historical markers. Right next to the falls, just near the little footbridge, is what looks like an
Aboriginal canoe tree (it would be good if someone with more experience with Aboriginal cultural heritage could confirm that for me). In the early 20th century, the falls
were apparently the site of a water wheel
that formed part of the
Cave Hill Tramway System
that carted timber from the Dandenongs to the Cave Hill lime works in Lilydale.
Here is a video of the falls, taken in early winter morning, when Olinda Creek was running well, but not in flood:
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Reliable flow all year except during summer/autumn in drought years
||Visit in the afternoon to see the falls in full sun|
Other Information Before You Go:
Quinns Reserve, Mount Evelyn, 40 km east of the Melbourne CBD
The two shortest routes by foot are from the end of Railway Road (accessible from York Road (C402) via Falls Road in Mount Evelyn)
or from the end of Blue Wren Court (accessible from Swansea Road (C401) via Marne Road). Blue Wren Court is paved, but Railway Road is gravel. Park in the
space before or at the turning circles at the end of each road. It is a few hundred metre walk to the falls from either end.
1 m Approx. width:
Swimming available at the falls:
I have read reports in the Victorian Heritage Database
that people swam there in the 1920s and 1930s, but water quality in Olinda Creek is significantly poorer now due to agricultural and urban runoff upstream.
Shade available along the track and at the falls
No dogs, no cats, no trailbikes, no fires
There is no camping at Horseshoe Falls or within Quinns Reserve. If you are visiting Melbourne and want to stay near these falls, you can try
, which is
one of the closest accommodation options to the falls, around 600 metres from the western edge of Quinn Reserve.
Yarra Ranges Council in partnership with the Friends on the Water Race and Quinn Reserve.
Nearby attractions: Olinda Falls
at the head of Olinda
Creek up on Mount Dandenong, around 7 km to the south.
Before you head out, make sure to read the
waterfall safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions. The managing authority
advises that there may be snakes along the walking track.
The marker indicates the location of the falls.
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