Last Visited: 22/12/2009
Length (km): 2.3 km
Time (hrs/min): 1 hour
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Partial Circuit.
Park: Silvan Reservoir Park
Closest Town: Silvan
Car Access: The hike starts and finishes at the Silvan Reservoir Park overflow carpark which is on Stonyford Road, Silvan (this is off Monbulk Road). Drive past the first Silvan Reservoir Park carpark on the left and take the next right which is presently signed (Melways Ref: 120 H11).
This is the longer of the three walks suggested in the ParkWeb Park Note (Dandenong Ranges National Park – Olinda Creek Walking Track) and is an ideal short walk if visiting Silvan Reservoir. If you’re just looking for a short walk to do in the Dandenongs, there are many nicer walks to choose from.
It begins along the same route as the Messmate Track Circuit. Start by heading down the stairs at the north end of the carpark. A sign indicates that Grey Gum Track is to the left but this hike actually finishes on Grey Gum Track, so head to the right. There are quite a lot of weeds and non-native grasses at the beginning of the walk but as you get further from the carpark, everything seems more natural. Bits of the track are overgrown so there is a bit of ducking and weaving involved.
After two sets of stairs, turn left and continue to stick to the left from here until you follow Grey Gum Track back to the car park. I spotted heaps of crimson rosellas and walked to the constant sound of cackling kookaburras.
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