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Monday, February 15, 2010

Olinda Falls - 2010 summer trip

The Olinda Falls are among the most popular attractions in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, 30 km from the Melbourne CBD.

There are actully three falls - the upper, middle and lower cascades, with viewing areas for each along the 1 km steep track which starts at the picnic ground on Falls Rd.

Visitors have enjoyed the Falls since the 1860s, well before motor cars made their appearance in Melbourne, when they travelled up Mt Dandenong by horse and buggy!

The Falls were originally known as the "Valinda Falls", the name of the district, which then became "Olinda".

Olinda settlement is perched on the rim of the ancient volcano crater, which last erupted 200 million years ago!

This album shows the walking track, signposts to nearby trails, the falls, the picnic ground, the car park, and the viewing platforms.

Nearby is the Kalorama Lookout, offering magnificent views across Kalorama Park, the Olinda Forest, the Silvan Dam, and the Yarra Ranges.

I visited the Olinda Falls on February 14, 2010.

See all of the Photos of my visit, which includes two archival images, showing the Falls Walking Track in 1910, and what the Falls looked like around 1930.

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