Last Visited: 09/11/2008
Length (km): 7.1 km
Time (hrs/min): 2 hours
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Circuit
Park: Dandenong Ranges National Park
Closest Town: Kallista
Maximum Elevation: approx. 410 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Total Ascent: approx. 214 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Car Access: Go all the way to the end of Burwood Hwy and turn left at Monbulk Road. The carpark is a few km up on the right. (We got to Burwood Hwy from Reservoir via the Eastern Fwy).
At Grants Picnic Ground, the walk starts to the left of the kiosk. It’s not signed as “Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk” but there is a sign to the Lyrebird Track. Just make sure you turn left at Neumann Track (and don’t turn off at the Hardy Gully Nature Walk).
The first couple of km of the walk is fairly easy but is through some really nice forest. There was heaps of people around on the Lyrebird Track but we didn’t see many people once we turned off (caught a couple sharing a joint along the way but only a few other walkers).
Paddy Track has a really steep descent which is hard on the leg muscles but the real challenge is once you cross Hardy’s Creek and start the ascent on Welch Track. This was definitely the hardest part of the walk. At the top of Welsch Track you turn right onto Coles Ridge Track which is a gentle climb for a couple of km. This would usually be really easy but after the Welch Track climb, it was a struggle back to the carpark.
We saw lots of Rosella’s along the way but no Lyrebirds unfortunately.
Part of Paddy Track
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