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Sherbrooke Forest

Walk amid ancient mountain ash forests and rest at shady picnic spots in this national park, where you might glimpse a lyrebird as it dashes through the undergrowth.

Sherbrooke Forest is the largest tract of bushland in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, extending across over 1,976 acres (800 hectares) of Melbourne’s leafy east. The forest is home to vast stands of mountain ash, the world’s tallest flowering plant. Walk along picturesque trails and discover the range of native plants that grow in the mossy gullies and forested hillsides. Spot local wildlife, including cockatoos, parrots and the elusive lyrebird, or rest under a canopy of native trees at one of the forest’s scenic picnic areas.

Known to the local Aboriginal people as Corhanwarrabul, the Dandenong Ranges encompass careening hillsides of ancient eucalypt forests. Much of the Dandenong forests were used as timber reserves from the late 19th century until the region was protected in 1987. Explore Sherbrooke Forest’s magical nature trails and discover the vast diversity of plant and animal life that thrives in the region.

Begin your walk from one of the picnic grounds in the park. O’Donohue Picnic Grounds and Sherbrooke Picnic Grounds are nearest to the pretty cascades of Sherbrooke Falls. Wander through mountain ash stands and tree-fern glades to reach the waterfall and return within an hour.

Grants Picnic Ground provides the starting point for three interpretive trails, one of which is suitable for wheelchairs and prams. The longest and most challenging trail loops around eucalyptus forests and rocky ridges. Bring some snacks to enjoy as you rest at the shady picnic tables. Grants Picnic Ground has a kiosk that sells snacks and drinks, as well as seed to give to the local birdlife at the bird feeding area.

Listen out for the fascinating mimicry of the lyrebird, a magnificently plumaged and rarely seen bird that copies natural and mechanical sounds in its environment. While it commonly mimics the calls of other birds, it has also been known to make chainsaw and camera shutter sounds.

Sherbrooke Forest is a 5-minute drive northeast from Belgrave in the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Maps, barbecue facilities and restrooms can be found in Sherbrooke Forest’s three major picnic grounds. The park is free to enter and open daily.


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Belgrave Bed and Breakfast AU$250
Belgrave Bed and Breakfast

Belgrave Bed and Breakfast

11 Monbulk Road, Belgrave, VIC
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Dandenongs, this bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dandenong Ranges and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Sherbrooke Forest. Clematis Creek Bushland Reserve and Puffing Billy Steam Train are also within 10 minutes. Belgrave Station and Melbourne Belgrave Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Marybrooke Manor AU$239
    Marybrooke Manor

    Marybrooke Manor

    10 Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrook, VIC
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Dandenongs, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dandenong Ranges and Sherbrooke Forest. Dandenong Ranges National Park and Alfred Nicolas Gardens are also within 15 minutes.

      Kallista Boutique Apartment
      Kallista Boutique Apartment

      Kallista Boutique Apartment

      Kallista, VIC
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Dandenongs, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Dandenong Ranges and Sherbrooke Forest. Dandenong Ranges National Park and Grants Picnic Area are also within 10 minutes.

        Edna Walling Cottage - Heritage Listed
        Edna Walling Cottage - Heritage Listed

        Edna Walling Cottage - Heritage Listed

        6 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke, VIC
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Dandenongs, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dandenong Ranges and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Sherbrooke Forest. Dandenong Ranges National Park and Alfred Nicolas Gardens are also within 15 minutes.

          Aquila Nova Retreat AU$359
          Aquila Nova Retreat

          Aquila Nova Retreat

          222 Monbulk Road, The Patch, VIC
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Dandenongs, this luxury bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dandenong Ranges and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Sherbrooke Forest. Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve and Frank Irvine Reserve are also within 15 minutes.

            Kallista Retreat
            Kallista Retreat

            Kallista Retreat

            52 Perrins Creek Road, Kallista, VIC
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Dandenongs, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dandenong Ranges and Sherbrooke Forest. Sassafras Creek Nature Conservation Reserve and Dandenong Ranges National Park are also within 15 minutes.

              Stones Throw Cottage Bed & Breakfast
              Stones Throw Cottage Bed & Breakfast

              Stones Throw Cottage Bed & Breakfast

              11 Wattle Ave, Belgrave, VIC
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Dandenongs, this bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dandenong Ranges and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Sherbrooke Forest. Dandenong Ranges National Park and Violet Larsen Reserve are also within 15 minutes. Belgrave Station is 9 minutes by foot and Melbourne Belgrave Station is 9 minutes.

                Luxury Forest Retreat Next to Puffing Billy
                Luxury Forest Retreat Next to Puffing Billy

                Luxury Forest Retreat Next to Puffing Billy

                Belgrave, VIC
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Dandenongs, this romantic bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dandenong Ranges and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Sherbrooke Forest. Dandenong Ranges National Park and Belgrave G186 Bushland Reserve are also within 10 minutes. Belgrave Station is 8 minutes by foot and Melbourne Belgrave Station is 7 minutes.