Sherbrooke Forest, Dandenong Ranges National Park, Victoria

Sherbrooke Forest - ferns along the track

Sherbrooke Forest – ferns along the track

Alex and I are heading out today to the Sherbrooke Forest which is located in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, 40km east of Melbourne.  Our plan is to walk to the Sherbrooke Falls which are located within the national park.  The walk should take us about 1 hour (round trip).

Melbourne has experienced a run of above average warm days, but today (being Easter Sunday) we have a cooler temperature of 19 degrees….brrrrrr….and drizzling rain…its a perfect day for a walk in a forest… “Alex?”… “Come back… it will be good… trust me!”

Taking all precautions we load ourselves up with beanie, scarf, layers of tops, waterproof jacket, gloves and, you bet ya… an umbrella (which Alex declares he doesn’t want to take).  Well, I don’t want to get wet after all !

Taking the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, we turn off onto Sherbrooke Road and park the car at the first parking bay.  From here we are on foot, our target… Sherbrooke Falls.  I explain to Alex not to expect greatness, its not going to be Niagra Falls but on a positive note, there has been recent rain, including this morning.  Off we head.

Mount Dandenong Tourist Road

Mount Dandenong Tourist Road

As it turns out, the rain holds off for us as we set out to do a loop via the Lloyds, O’Donohue and Wattle tracks (incorporating the Sherbrooke falls).

Melways (ie street directory) map

Melways (ie street directory) map

The track is fantastic.  It is cool and crisp and the air feels all washed clean.  The track is flat and an easy walk, meandering for a short while parallel to the road but eventually turning inwards, when car noise is quickly replaced with the call of a Kookaburra.

Walking, walking, walking… the tranquillity is deafening.  Walking, walking…. big trees, ferns, greenery everywhere, fallen trees, bridges.  For educational purposes, I can confirm that the Sherbrooke Forest vegetation is classified as wet sclerophyll forest.  I admit I have no idea what that means.  The dominant tree species is the Mountain Ash, Eucalyptus regnans, the tallest flowering plant in the world!!… and right on our doorstep… who would have known? 

What type of trees are these? I think they are wooden ones.

What type of trees are these? I think they are wooden ones.

We eventually reach our target.  Welcome to Sherbrooke Falls… DA DA!

What the?… “Closed for repairs” says the sign.

The short path to the simple bridge that straddles the falls has been broken by a falling tree that looks suspiciously like a cut tree. 

Did this tree fall or was it pushed?

Did this tree fall or was it pushed?

I think Alex is about to cry (not really).  I think Alex is not impressed (really).  Lets be honest, “falls” is a slight embelishment, more a trickle really, and considering its water source. 

Sherbrooke falls water source

Sherbrooke falls water source

Sorry Alex, but its good to get the exercise, right?  Oh well… with nothing more to see we head back, returning to the car just as the rain starts.  Total walk time 1 hour.  Total fun time 60 minutes.

With a flourishing shake of our waterproof jackets, we are instantly dry and bundle ourselves into the car and head off up the road to the popular weekend community of Sassafras for some scones and a nice hot coffee… perfect after a “refreshing” walk through the beautiful Sherbrooke Forest!

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