The Valley Picnic Ground is deep in the Olinda Forest, Dandenong Ranges National Park, 30 km east of Melbourne town.
It is a large cleared grassed area, formerly a rifle practice range in the 1930s, situated in the crater of the long-extinct Olinda Volcano, which last erupted 250 million years ago.
It is reached from unsealed Silvan Rd, then along Boundary Road.
Walking tracks radiate from the picnic area.
I visited the Valley on Thursday afternoon February 25, 2010.
From the picnic area, I followed the old jeep track down the open paddock, reaching Rifle Range Gully Track. I then proceeded along this track, adjacent to the Rifle Range Creek, to the quaintly named "K.C. Track".
I went up this track, which took me back to the picnic ground, a total distance of about 3 km.
Rifle Range Gully Track passes through a protected lyrebird habitat - occasionally these shy creatures may be seen.
See all of the Photos of my visit!