From the moment you enter Dandenong Ranges National Park, you will smell the fresh forest air and be enamoured by the very green sights of a road lined with an abundance of ferns and other Australian native trees.
The forest scents, sounds and sights will leave you feeling instantly rejuvenated and relaxed.
Sherbrooke Forest is only a stone throw away from the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne
Sherbrooke Forest is only a stone throw away from the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and is especially close to the outer eastern suburbs.
Get in your car and escape from suburbia for a moment, to the wild forests of the Dandenong Ranges National Park.
This is an easy day trip from Melbourne. Sherbrooke Forest is 46km from Melbourne’s CBD which is around 50 minutes of driving.
Choose your own adventure/walking trail
After you find your parking spot at Grant’s Picnic Ground you can either stay on that side of the road for the Eastern part of the forest or carefully cross Monbulk Road for the Western part of the Forest.
Sherbrooke Forest has a plethora of walking trails to suit everyone
There are trails to suit all levels of experience from an easy, 30-minute walk on the Margaret Lester Forest Walk to hours long with varying degrees of difficulty on the multiple trails across East and West Sherbrooke Forest.
There is also a spectacular waterfall, Sherbrooke Falls, nestled within the forest, for those who love to chase waterfalls!
There are so many walking trail possibilities in Sherbrooke Forest
For the walks I took in this forest, I used ‘Day Walks Around Melbourne’ by Glenn Tempest as a vague guide.
I found the hikes deeper in the forest to be incredibly challenging, especially as a beginner. After walking up and down many steep hills, my legs were left aching.
I found it to be very rewarding though, especially as I got deep into the forest when I could hear no other people or cars and had the opportunity to enjoy the serenity and beauty of the forest alone.
A great place to spot native Australian animals
Lyrebird Walk is aptly named, I spotted a female lyrebird, not quickly enough to take a photo, though. I spotted many Rosellas and orange coloured Butterflies.
I also came back at dusk with a friend (I really liked it that much!!) and walked along Margaret Lester Forest Walk and we spotted a wallaby!
I highly recommend visiting Sherbrooke Forest
There is something for everyone whether they are after a relaxed short stroll or a more challenging hike.
If you tread quietly you may be treated to some wildlife. If not, you will be treated to the many other beautiful sights, sounds and smells the forest has to offer.
When to visit Sherbrooke Forest
I recommend visiting early in the morning as it can get quite busy with busloads of tourists rolling in the afternoon.
However, I only found the actual picnic ground to be crowded and as I got deeper into my hikes I very rarely encountered people.
The tracks can also be slippery in some parts when it rains, so it best to visit when the ground is likely to be dry.
Facilities at Grant’s Picnic Ground
- A Cafe
- Public toilets separate from the cafe
- Free Parking
Be sure to check the Parks Victoria Website for track closures
You can get information on track closures in Sherbrooke Forest on the Parks Victoria website. I recommend checking out their website before you head to the grounds especially if you have your heart set on a particular track, to avoid disappointment.
Want more information?
Visit Dandenong Ranges has maps available to download, along with specific information about the multiple trails that you can take.
I also recommend the book ‘Day Walks around Melbourne’ by Glenn Tempest. It has a lot of handy information on a variety of walking tracks around Melbourne.
Now, go have a wander!