Sherbrooke Forest Loop

5 h 30 min to 8 h

2 h 45 min to 4 h 30 min

19.6 km
circuit

↑ 1017 m
↓ -892 m

Hard track
Starting near the car park on Coles Ridge Road, Sherbrooke, this walk loops within the Sherbrooke Forest via the Hall, Paddy, Welch, Yards, Ridge, Hackett and Lloyds tracks. Enjoy the majestic beauty of the rainforest on this peaceful walk, going through towering mountain ash and lush tree ferns. Stop at the Sherbrooke Falls to admire the cascading waters, where there is a viewing platform that offers the best view. The forest houses a wide variety of birds, including superb lyrebirds, kookaburras, rosellas, sulphur-crested cockatoos, king parrots and macaws. There are many picnic grounds along the way that provide a tranquil setting for a lunch break. The walk also passes by the Alfred Nicholas Gardens, known for their picturesque water features and iconic ornamental lake and boathouse. The trail is a mixture of small tracks, wide tracks, flats and hills. There are some very steep ascents and descents that require a reasonable amount of fitness. In rainy weather, the trail may get muddy. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-37.8883223,145.3699612)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Burwood Highway, 26, Ferntree Gully.
  • Turn on to Monbulk Road, C404 then drive for 2.8 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start heading along Coles Ridge Road.
There is a car park (about 25 m back from the start).
There is a picnic table (about 20 m back from the start).
There is a BBQ (about 15 m back from the start).
Find the water tap at the start.
Find the BBQ at the start.
At the intersection of Coles Ridge Road & Margaret Lester Forest Walk continue straight, to head along Coles Ridge Road.
After another 80 m pass the shelter (30 m on your right).
Then pass the sign (7 m on your right).
After another 3 m (at the intersection of Coles Ridge Road & Bleakley Track) continue straight.
After another 20 m pass the "Grants on Sherbrooke" (10 m on your right).
This cafe is wheelchair accessible.
After another 7 m pass the picnic table (10 m on your left).
After another 25 m pass the "Bird Feeding Site" (15 m on your left).
After another 25 m pass the water tap (20 m on your left).
After another 10 m pass the toilet (25 m on your left).
Continue straight.
After another 205 m turn sharp right, to head along Kallista - Emerald Road.
After another 640 m veer left, to head along Kallista - Emerald Road.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Kallista - Emerald Road & Grantulla Road) turn right, to head along Grantulla Road.
After another 15 m turn right.
After another 115 m (at the intersection of Lyrebird Walk & Hall Track) continue straight, to head along Hall Track.
After another 940 m (at the intersection of Neuman Road & Hall Track) continue straight, to head along Neuman Road (a vehicle track).
After another 130 m (at the intersection of Neuman Road & Foden Track) continue straight, to head along Neuman Road.
After another 930 m (at the intersection of Neuman Road & Paddy Road) turn left, to head along Paddy Road.
After another 2.4 km continue straight, to head along Coles Ridge Track.
After another 520 m (at the intersection of Coles Ridge Track & Libscombe Break) turn left, to head along Libscombe Break (a walking track).
After another 700 m pass the "Evolve Fair Food Store" (160 m on your left).
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At the intersection of Libscombe Break & Bleakley Track continue straight, to head along Libscombe Break.
After another 40 m pass the car park (25 m on your left).
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Bleakley Track & Libscombe Break) turn around, to head along Libscombe Break.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Monbulk Road & Libscombe Break) turn sharp left, to head along Monbulk Road (a road).
After another 95 m continue straight, to head along Monbulk Road.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Monbulk Road & Glen Harrow Heights Road) continue straight, to head along Monbulk Road.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Monbulk Road & Gully Crescent) turn right, to head along Gully Crescent (a residential road).
After another 300 m turn left, to head along Gully Crescent.
After another 130 m (at the intersection of Wedgewood Avenue & Gully Crescent) turn sharp right, to head along Wedgewood Avenue.
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Wedgewood Avenue & Galagher Street) turn sharp left, to head along Galagher Street.
After another 200 m turn right.
After another 55 m continue straight.
After another 55 m veer right.
After another 380 m (at the intersection of Terrys Avenue & Peters Road) turn right, to head along Terrys Avenue.
After another 10 m (at the intersection of A'Vard Track & Terrys Avenue) continue straight, to head along Terrys Avenue.
After another 30 m (at the intersection of Terrys Avenue & Leprosa Lane) continue straight, to head along Terrys Avenue.
After another 275 m (at the intersection of Terrys Avenue & Sandells Road) continue straight, to head along Terrys Avenue.
After another 35 m turn right.
After another 25 m turn left, to head along Pound Creek Track.
After another 95 m (at the intersection of MHS camp access track & Pound Creek Track) continue straight, to head along Pound Creek Track.
After another 400 m (at the intersection of Ridge Track & Pound Creek Track) veer right, to head along Ridge Track (a walking track).
After another 1.2 km (at the intersection of Moore Break & Ridge Track) turn sharp right, to head along Moore Break (a vehicle track).
After another 55 m pass the car park (on your left).
After another 780 m (at the intersection of Moore Break & Edgebrooke Track) continue straight, to head along Moore Break.
After another 670 m pass a seat (50 m on your left).
After another 30 m continue straight, to head along Moore Break.
After another 220 m (at the intersection of Hackett Track & Moore Break) turn right, to head along Hackett Track (a walking track).
After another 195 m pass a seat (15 m on your right).
At the intersection of Hackett Track & Monument Track turn around, to head along Hackett Track.
After another 150 m (at the intersection of Hackett Track & Moore Break) continue straight, to head along Hackett Track.
After another 430 m continue straight.
After another 25 m turn right.
After another 30 m pass the pay phone (35 m on your left).
After another 45 m pass the car park (20 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Lloyds Track.
After another 155 m pass the "Ferny Creek Recreation Reserve" (30 m on your left).
After another 95 m pass the playground (95 m on your left).
After another 90 m pass the toilet (60 m on your left).
After another 65 m (at the intersection of Monument Track & Lloyds Track) continue straight, to head along Lloyds Track.
After another 770 m (at the intersection of Wattle Track & Lloyds Track) continue straight, to head along Lloyds Track.
After another 150 m pass the car park (130 m on your left).
After another 130 m pass the water tap (85 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Lloyds Lane.
Then pass the "Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens Car Park" (10 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the toilet (150 m on your left).
After another 480 m pass the "Sherbrooke Picnic Ground" (on your left).
After another 45 m pass the water tap (40 m on your left).
After another 25 m pass the toilet (90 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Sherbrooke Track.
After another 45 m continue straight, to head along Sherbrooke Track.
After another 10 m head through/around the gate.
After another 315 m (at the intersection of Sherbrooke Track & Link Track) continue straight, to head along Link Track.
After another 35 m (at the intersection of O'Donohue Track & Link Track) turn left, to head along O'Donohue Track.
After another 190 m head through/around the gate.
Continue straight.
Then pass the car park (on your right).
After another 15 m pass the "Odonohue Picnic Ground" (15 m on your left).
After another 8 m pass the toilet (10 m on your right).
After another 75 m head through/around the gate.
Continue straight, to head along Odonohue Picnic Ground.
After another 8 m head through/around the gate.
After another 7 m (at the intersection of Sherbrooke Lodge Road & Odonohue Picnic Ground) turn right, to head along Sherbrooke Lodge Road (a residential road).
After another 260 m continue straight, to head along Sherbrooke Lodge Road.
After another 205 m continue straight, to head along Sherbrooke Lodge Road.
After another 3.7 km come to the end.
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Terrain
Know the Hills, grading & facilities

Sherbrooke Forest Loop


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 19.6 km
Time 5 h 30 min to 8 h
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 105 m from the start.

Toilet: There are 5 on route, on average they are 3.3 km apart with the largest gap of 12.9 km.

Seat: There are 2 on route, on average they are 6.5 km apart with the largest gap of 11.7 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
105 m[shelter]
Toilet
180 m[toilet]
Toilet
13.1 km[toilet]
Toilet
14.2 km[toilet]
Toilet
14.8 km[toilet]
Toilet
15.4 km[toilet]
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