Sherbrooke Forest

I’m slowly ticking off walks in the Dandenong Ranges. Fringing Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs, the Dandenongs are a nice range of forested hills dotted with pretty towns and criss-crossed by a network of trails.

The other weekend I went for a look at the Sherbrooke area. It’s a little patch of tall forest, creeks and gullies filled with tree ferns. There’s nothing particularly spectacular about the scenery other than it’s just a nice place to be out and about in.

It’s a very family friendly spot. The car park area is at Grants Picnic Ground where there’s a café and gift shop and a feeding area for parrots and cockatoos. It’s extremely popular with tourists and kids. And the cockatoos seem to appreciate the free feed.

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Anyway, this day I decided on doing a loop walk that was a reasonably easy two hour wander, linking up a number of tracks. The tracks went from being narrow and muddy to broad and gravelled. One of the most impressive things about the walk are the Mountain Ash trees that are high and grow perfectly straight. They’re as if ships’ masts have been stuck in the ground. And for that reason they were cut down by early settlers for masts, railways, piers and bridges.

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A ferny gully

A ferny gully

I did a loop walk that started with the Lyrebird Walk, then Hall Track, Foden Track, Paddy Track, Welch Track, and finally Coles Ridge Track back to the car and carpark. That’s a lot of tracks for not much distance. Paddy Track is interesting in that, in the direction I took it, is a long, steep descent into a gully. The climb up out wasn’t too bad. Not as steep.

Anyway, there’s not really a lot more to say about this walk, other than it was a nice couple of hours out. I drove home a less direct way and passed a café that looked quite cute and that I’m looking forward to trying the next time I’m in the area.

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