Sherbrooke Falls is a bit like Stonehenge in that all of the photos, including mine, make it seem larger than it really is. At less than a metre across
and a couple of metres high, the falls are tiny. To view them from the platform that crosses the creek, you have to peer up the creek
where you will find the falls hidden in amongst the tree ferns. The falls are south-east facing in a thick forest, so not a lot of light reaches
through to them.
Above: Sherbrooke Falls
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The best time to visit is early in the morning around the summer solstice, when light penetrates better through to the falls. The falls
are in a section of the creek with a very steep gradient containing several small cascades downstream of the viewing platform, however it is difficult
to view these cascades from the defined walking tracks.
The star attraction at Sherbrooke Falls I think is actually the surrounding forest, and the falls are really just somewhere to walk to. The stands of
mountain ash are incredibly tall and straight, and it is dizzying trying to look up at them.
It is amazing how well trees can grow in good soil with
lots of rain - I saw a wattle tree in bloom on the way to the falls that must have been about 20 metres high. Tall tree ferns abound in the under storey
and the air is crisp and fresh.
Above: The walk through Sherbrooke Forest to Sherbrooke Falls
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You can walk to the falls from several directions, but the easiest is from either O'Donahue or Sherbrooke Picnic Ground. The track from Sherbrooke
Picnic Ground is slightly longer but a bit flatter. O'Donahue Picnic Ground has the better picnic area if you are making a day of it.
Here is a video of the falls and surrounding forest, taken in the morning in winter, when the creek was flowing well, but not in flood. It includes some
of the wildlife in the surrounding forest:
Your Seasonal Guide:
|Reliable flow all year except during summer/autumn in drought years||Early morning for your best chance to
see sunshine penetrate through the forest canopy onto the falls|
Other Information Before You Go:
O'Donahue Picnic Ground, Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke. 45 km (approx. 1 hr drive) east of the Melbourne CBD.
From Melbourne head to the Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd via the Monash Fwy to Ferntree Gully Rd.
The Sherbrooke Rd turnoff is shortly after the village of Ferny Creek on the way up the mountain. From Sherbrooke Rd,
turn into Sherbrooke Lodge Rd to reach O'Donahue Picnic Ground. The falls are a 2.4 km return walk from
the picnic ground.
2 m Approx. width:
Swimming available at the falls:
None at the falls. O'Donahue Picnic Ground and Sherbrooke Picnic Ground both have bbqs, picnic tables, a tap, toilets and an info board
Shade available at the picnic grounds, on the walk to the falls and at the falls
None to the falls. Picnic grounds have wheelchair accessible toilets.
No cats or dogs, no trail bikes, no horses, no bicycles, no feeding the wildlife, no bins so take your rubbish with you
There is no camping at O'Donohue Picnic Ground. If you are planning to stay overnight in the area you can try
accommodation in nearby Sassafras
Hungry cockatoos at Grants Picnic Ground in nearby Kallista, and Olinda Falls
also in the Dandenongs, 11 km by road to the north.
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 approximate location of the car park at O'Donahue Picnic Ground, at the start of the walking track to the falls.
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