|Olinda Creek tumbling down over the lower falls.|
|It was another fairy early start this morning, I was on my way before 8am.|
|There are quite a lot of deciduous trees on nearby private land.|
|The walk down Mechanics Track features a lot of ferns and Mountain Ash.|
|Upper Olinda Falls|
Leaving the upper falls I dropped down the steeper track to Lower Olinda Falls, it’s a bit steeper and there are lots of stone steps but it’s worth the effort I reckon. Arriving above these more substantial falls I hoped around the slippery rocks for awhile taking in all the scene. With the low morning sun slowly lighting up the valley Lower Olinda Falls looked pretty sweet this morning. The lookout here is on the far side of the creek and it gives a good view up stream to another small waterfall as Olinda Creek drops steeply into the valley, via a series of small waterfalls and cascades. Once again, utilising any available firm surface to use as a tripod I tried to get a reasonable photo, the contrasting light conditions making it interesting.
|This little weir on Olinda Creek is at about the spot that VW Track leaves Barbers Road.|
After five minutes or so I’d passed by the burnt area and headed along Bartlett Track to meet up with Falls Road. Arriving at Falls Road there were all sorts of warnings posted on the gate saying access to the area was closed due to the Parks people conducting a prescribed burn, hmm. Not to worry I suppose, they weren’t likely to be burning here for a few days after the last couple of days rain I don’t think. It was now mid morning and turning onto Falls Road I met my first walkers for the day who were ambling along in the other direction walking their dog.
|I followed Bartlett Track back to Falls Road.|
|Climbing Mechanics Track, once again I was back in the Mountain Ash.|
I took my GPS on this walk but forgot to reset it after the walk so I’ll go with Mr Chapman’s stats which say that I covered 7.2 kilometres and climbed 370 metres on this medium grade stroll. I’m calling it a medium grade only really because there is a fair climb involved from the bottom of VW Track back up to the car park at Mechanics Reserve. I’ve been to Olinda Falls quite a few times over the years and I’m thinking that these falls are definitely best seen after some good rains. Search around the inter web a bit and you’ll find some reasonably photos of the falls floating about, Mr Fiasco has got some good stuff online off the top of my head. The section of this walk down Mechanics Track and to a lesser degree, Cascade Track can get fairly muddy in wet weather. Like I mentioned above I used the notes published by the House of Chapman out of their Day Walks Melbourne book, it’s walk number 26 in the second edition of that book.
Dandenong Ranges Walk, Dandenong Ranges National Park, 2015.
Ferny Creek, Dandenong Ranges National Park, 2017.
|It looks like at some stage water was pumped out of this tiny creek - for irrigation I'm guessing?|
|Climbing back up Mechanics Track to the ute.|