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.
Above: Olinda Falls viewed from the footbridge
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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. It includes the upper falls, lower falls and the cacade on the Cascade Track, and was taken after a tree had
fallen on the viewing platform at the lower falls:
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Reliable flow all year except during summer/autumn in drought years||Mid-morning to early afternoon to see the falls in full sun|
Other Information Before You Go:
Olinda Falls Picnic Ground, Falls Road, Olinda. 45 km (approx. 1 hr drive) east of the Melbourne CBD.
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.
Several sections with around 2-5 metre falls in each section
2-5 m, depending on flow conditions
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
Car park, picnic tables, toilet, water tap
Shade available at the falls and in the picnic ground
None, but there is a toilet for the disabled in the picnic ground
No dogs, no cats, no horseriding, no trail bikes, no firearms, no taking of native plants or animals, only light fires in fireplaces provided
There is no camping at the Olinda Falls picnic area. If you are visiting Melbourne or want to have a weekend away from the city, you can try the following options.
All distances to the falls car park below are by road, not as the crow flies.
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
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
The marker indicates the location of the car park at the falls. If the map is not zoomed in locally, as can occur with some browsers, simply refresh this web page.
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Here is one visitor's experience of sharing the waterfall with others:
Comment:"2nd visit ever, both this month. Peaceful even with a full car park. Kooka's entertained us.
Healthy fresh walk to falls, my non-Aussie friends loved it, then to a cafe in Sherbrooke - yummy."
- Dave from
Glen Waverley, Victoria, Australia 28/4/2018
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