Enjoy a gentle introduction with kids to the Dandenong Ranges on this peaceful walk to Sherbrooke Falls, and find a new favourite escape for walks and picnics. Start at the beginning of the track near the main entrance on Sherbrooke Road, and wind past rough and smooth tree ferns and towering ash.
While you take in the stunning views, the kids will no doubt find all the muddy crevices that you avoid and they might just spot a lyrebird.
The Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens is a magical stop off after you've eaten at the Piggery Cafe next door (and you can walk off all that food)!
The descent into the gardens and the lake at the bottom is best done down the garden steps if you are able, stopping off at the pavilion for a 'breather' if required. Once at the lake level, the paths are all flat and meander around the lake providing stunning views of water reflections and Japanese bridges (although these were closed on our last visit but on other visits we could wonder over them). There's scattered seating to take in the views and reflect on the beauty.
If you're after an easy day trip from Melbourne then the Dandenongs Ranges fits the bill. Only an hour from Melbourne's CBD, the Dandenongs has everything from Skyhigh Mt. Dandenong, the National Rhododendrum Gardens, William Ricketts Sanctuary, picture-perfect views and scenery and now the latest to grace the mountain; Shannon Bennet's Burnham bakery & Piggery Cafe.
Having just opened in June 2014 this 1930s 23-hectre property – comprising of a greenhouse, cafe, on-site bakery, vegetable gardens, kids play area, lawn bowls and pig enclosure, this space is a modern, slick, warm, inviting, rustic and a beautiful addition to the ranges.