Sherbrooke Forest Loop

5 h 30 min to 8 h

2 h 45 min to 4 h 30 min

12.4 km
circuit

↑ 522 m
↓ -522 m

Hard track
Starting from 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 At the intersection of Coles Ridge Road & Margaret Lester Forest Walk (-37.8881086,145.3699379)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Burwood Highway, 26, Ferntree Gully.
  • Turn on to Monbulk Road, C404 then drive for 2.9 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Coles Ridge Road & Margaret Lester Forest Walk Start heading along Coles Ridge Road (a service road).
There is a picnic table (about 35 m back from the start).
There is a BBQ (about 30 m back from the start).
There is water tap (about 15 m back from the start).
Find the BBQ at the start.
Find the car park at the start.
Find the shelter at the start.
Find the toilet at the start.

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Then pass the sign (6 m on your right).
After another 4 m (at the intersection of Coles Ridge Road & Bleakley Track) continue straight.
After another 20 m pass the "Grants on Sherbrooke" (9 m on your right).
This cafe is wheelchair accessible.
Then pass the picnic table (8 m on your left).
After another 25 m pass the "Bird Feeding Site" (15 m on your left).
After another 20 m pass the water tap (15 m on your left).
After another 7 m pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Lyrebird Walk.
After another 20 m head through/around the gate.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Lyrebird Walk & Harding Gully Track) continue straight, to head along Lyrebird Walk.
After another 190 m pass the sign (10 m on your right).
After another 15 m pass the sign (7 m on your right).
After another 215 m pass the sign (on your left).
At the intersection of Lyrebird Walk & Harding Gully Track continue straight, to head along Lyrebird Walk.
Then pass the sign (on your left).
After another 335 m (at the intersection of Lyrebird Walk & Neuman Road) veer left, to head along Lyrebird Walk.
After another 940 m (at the intersection of Hall Track & Lyrebird Walk) turn sharp right, 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 420 m (at the intersection of Neuman Road & Foden Track) continue straight, to head along Neuman Road.
After another 510 m (at the intersection of Paddy Road & Neuman Road) turn left, to head along Paddy Road.
After another 1.6 km (at the intersection of Welch Track & Paddy Road) continue straight, to head along Welch Track (a walking track).
After another 690 m continue straight.
After another 40 m continue straight, to head along Coles Ridge Track.
After another 520 m (at the intersection of Libscombe Break & Coles Ridge Track) turn left, to head along Libscombe Break (a walking track).
After another 185 m (at the intersection of Libscombe Break & Pole Plot Track) continue straight, to head along Libscombe Break.
After another 430 m (at the intersection of Libscombe Break & Bleakley Track) continue straight, to head along Libscombe Break.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Monbulk Road & Libscombe Break) veer right, to head along Monbulk Road (a road).
After another 15 m turn sharp left.
After another 30 m turn right.
After another 90 m head through/around the gate.
Veer left.
Then cross the ford.
After another 60 m (at the intersection of Hillclimb Track & A'Vard Track) continue straight, to head along Hillclimb Track.
After another 125 m (at the intersection of Pound Creek Track & Hillclimb Track) turn left, to head along Pound Creek Track.
After another 160 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 430 m continue straight, to head along Pound Creek Track.
After another 95 m (at the intersection of Pound Creek Track & MHS camp access track) continue straight, to head along Pound Creek Track.
After another 400 m (at the intersection of Ridge Track & Moore Break) veer right, to head along Ridge Track (a walking track).
After another 15 m pass the car park (15 m on your left).
After another 1.1 km continue straight, to head along Ridge Track.
After another 9 m come to the viewpoint (20 m on your right).
After another 6 m pass the "Sherbrooke Falls" (20 m on your right).
After another 45 m pass a seat (on your left).
After another 45 m cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 25 m (at the intersection of O'Donohue Track & Ridge Track) turn right, to head along O'Donohue Track.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of O'Donohue Track & Hillclimb Track) veer left, to head along O'Donohue Track.
After another 450 m (at the intersection of O'Donohue Track & Link Track) veer right, to head along O'Donohue Track.
After another 205 m head through/around the gate.
Continue straight.
After another 20 m pass the toilet (10 m on your right).
After another 35 m pass the "Odonohue Picnic Ground" (9 m on your left).
After another 65 m head through/around the gate.
Continue straight, to head along Odonohue Picnic Ground.
After another 15 m head through/around the gate.
After another 1 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.
After another 830 m (at the intersection of Treefern Loop Track & Clematis Track) veer left, to head along Treefern Loop Track.
After another 170 m head through/around the gate.
After another 20 m turn right, to head along Monbulk Road.
After another 9 m turn left.
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Coles Ridge Road & Bleakley Track) turn right, to head along Coles Ridge Road.
Continue another 70 m to find at the intersection of Margaret Lester Forest Walk & Coles Ridge Road at the end.
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Terrain
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Sherbrooke Forest Loop


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 12.4 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 65 m from the start.

Toilet: There are 3 on route, on average they are 3.1 km apart with the largest gap of 10.5 km.

Seat: There is one 9.9 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
65 m[shelter]
Toilet
105 m[toilet]
Toilet
140 m[toilet]
Seat
9.9 km[seat]
Toilet
10.7 km[toilet]
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