Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Circuit – Dandenong Ranges National Park – Victoria

Last Visited: 09/11/2008
Length (km): 7.1 km
Time (hrs/min): 2 hours
Grade: Moderate
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Circuit
Region: Melbourne
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

Have you visited Sherbrooke Forest? If you have any stories, updates or corrections, please let us know by commenting below.


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12 Responses to “Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Circuit – Dandenong Ranges National Park – Victoria”

  1. Claire
    August 4, 2015 at 8:47 pm #


    I am thinking of doing this hike on the weekend. I am 27 with a protruding disk in my lumbar spine so I am trying to ease into things. Do you think the decent and inclines put pressure on my back?

    Any help would be appreciated.


    • Neil Fahey
      August 8, 2015 at 7:21 pm #

      Hi Claire,

      Sorry about the delayed response but I’ve been off-grid for a week. I really can’t answer your question though anyway, sorry. I think you should probably seek advice from someone qualified. I’d guess that the uphill sections might put pressure on it.


  2. Hiking Harry
    April 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm #

    Hi Neil

    would be great if your blogs have a sketch map to illustrate the route. Difficult to imagine the trail esp if it is not on Melway (didn t expect such anyway as Melway is motorists primarily). Keep them blogs going

    • Neil Fahey
      April 8, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

      Hi Harry,

      If you click on “Map” at the very top of the green breakout box, you should see a map.


  3. Michelle
    March 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    You can also jump on a bus from Belgrave station up to Kallista if walking up Paddy Track is a bit too much hard work – 663 – Belgrave to Lilydale via Kallista 🙂

    • Neil Fahey
      March 22, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

      Hi Michelle,

      Thanks so much for letting me know, I’ll add this info to the article. Really appreciate it. 🙂


    • Harihara Madavan
      March 24, 2014 at 11:51 am #

      I took this hike yesterday and it was really great and fun experience. From Belgrave Station, walk towards the puffing billy ticketing station and then walk past it to reach the old monbulk road. Follow the road, cross the puffing billy railway track and take the steep gravel road and take right once you see the treetop adventures signboard. The track is around 300m from there.

      Once you reach the gate, you have 2 options:

      1. To your left is the Coles Ridge Road which provides an easy walk to reach the Grants picnic ground and then from there you can take the Lyrebird walk, follow the Halls Track and then reach the Paddy Track and Welch Track to complete the circuit. This will avoid hiking the very steep Paddy Track although you have to climb another steep section in the Paddy Track which is not that tough.

      2. Start from Welch Track as mentioned by Xavier and complete the circuit counter clockwise wherein will have to hike up the steeper and tough section in the Paddy Track.

      • Neil Fahey
        March 24, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

        Hi Harihara,

        Thanks again. I’ll try to fit this info into the post as well. I’m sure it will be helpful for lots of people.


  4. Harihara Madavan
    March 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm #


    If you could add public transport related information in all the walk related posts wherever possible it would be of great help to people like me who do not drive and have to rely on public transport

    • Neil Fahey
      March 13, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

      Thanks very much for the feedback! It’s already something that’s on my to-do list, as well as adding information about accessibility for people with wheelchairs or limited mobility. I do try to add this information in for any new hikes I do these days (and I’ve updated the 1000 Steps page with public transport info), but I’m yet to find any time to go and research this information for past hikes. Hopefully one day.


  5. Xavier Hirschfeld
    June 30, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    Thank you for recommending this walk. I took it recently. This is a lovely walk which seems to take you deep into cool temperate forests. Rather than start at Grants Picnic Ground, though, I took the train from Melbourne to Belgrave Station then walked past Puffing Billy and joined the trek onto Welch Track completing it counter clockwise. That meant that I had to walk up Paddy Track which is a bit of a workout.

    • Neil Fahey
      July 1, 2012 at 10:05 am #

      Glad to hear you enjoyed it Xavier. I’ll change the post to recommend what you did as a public transport option. Thanks!

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