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Walk Length: 2.4 Kilometres (return)
Time: 45 minutes
Track: Established gravel pathway, some unevenness
Start: Sherbrooke Picnic Ground or O'Donohue Picnic Ground
Finish: Sherbrooke Picnic Ground or O'Donohue Picnic Ground
Nearby Towns: Kallista, Sassafras
Public Transport: Train to Belgrave Station then take bus 663, towards Lilydale Station (stop outside the Community Centre in Kallista) or bus 694, towards Olinda (stop Sherbrooke Road/Monbulk Road just past the Kallista roundabout). Note: Check Public Transport Victoria for train and bus schedule before you travel.
This walk meanders through a forest containing the tallest flowering hardwood in the world, the Mountain Ash (Eucalytus regnans) with an understorey of a variety of fern species. The Sherbrooke area provides habitat for the Suburb Lyrebird, which can often be seen or heard within the forest. The falls are most inspiring after rain when the Sherbrooke Creek cascades over rocky outcrops. The walk can begin and end at either the Sherbrooke Picnic Ground or O'Donohue Picnic Grounds, located on Sherbrooke Lodge Road.
The Mountain Ash forests provide the perfect habitat for wildlife such as Wombats, Swamp Wallabies, Ring-tailed and Brush-tailed Possums. Tree creepers, small birds that cling to the side of trees looking for a meal of grubs and insects can be seen foraging amongst the tree trunks. The beautiful and elusive Blue-winged Parrot has also been sighted in the Sherbrooke Forest.