The drive to Olinda Falls is a treat in itself, traversing roads lined with charming old houses and scenic vistas and the Olinda Falls Walk is even better!
Where is Olinda Falls?
Olinda Falls is situated in the Dandenong Ranges 47km from Melbourne’s CBD which is almost an hour of driving.
The real adventure begins at the Olinda Falls Carpark. From there, you can make your way down an easy walking trail through a luscious green forest.
When to visit Olinda Falls?
Waterfalls tend to look more spectacular after heavy rain, so visit after rain to see Olinda Falls at its best.
Viewing Olinda Falls
Olinda Falls is by no means an enormous waterfall but it is a beauty and its surroundings are gorgeous!
The waterfall can be viewed from two separate viewing platforms situated at the upper and lower falls.
Both the walking trails are short. The walk to the lower falls can be slightly challenging as there are steep stairs leading there.
Upper Falls Olinda
The Upper Falls lookout even has a little seat where you can sit and take in the atmosphere.
The lower falls were my personal favourite because of the proximity to the actual waterfall and the lack of barriers surrounding it.
You can really get up and close and personal with this part of the waterfall!
There is a little bridge that crosses over the waterfall and stable rocks surround the waterfall enabling you to get real close. There is also a viewing platform across the bridge.
Is it worth visiting the falls?
I recommend stopping by the falls if you are in the area and going to somewhere like the Sky High Lookout.
I have seen some spectacular waterfalls in Victoria and this one isn’t comparatively as great as some of the other ones I have seen (it feels so wrong to say that about a waterfall…haha).
So, I wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way to see it.
If you are a fan of chasing waterfalls great and small like I am, by all means, go!!!
Before you go…
Be sure to check out the Parks Victoria Website the day that you visit to make sure that the waterfall isn’t closed to visitors.
Sites like this are sometimes closed due to a tree falling down or storm damage. So, I always recommend checking the Parks Victoria website for updates before heading to a place that they look after, to avoid the disappointment of having to head straight back home.
Facilities at Olinda Falls
- Car Park
- Picnic tables
- A fire pit
Cafe near Olinda Falls
I stopped off at a cute Cafe called ‘Kalorama Kitchen’ which is near two great (and free!) lookouts. I had a Big Veggie Breakfast which was really delicious and chock full of veggies. The staff were lovely and attentive.