A few weeks ago I planned on doing a 2-hour hike in Olinda but on this particular day I was feeling quite unwell so I kept it fairly short (I went straight to the doctors after this, still recovering right now waaa).
I really enjoyed the actual drive to Olinda, there were such great views along the way and I really loved admiring the charming old houses in the area. I ended up driving to the Olinda Falls Carpark and doing the short walks to both the upper and lower falls which felt like a massive workout due to my illness. Both the walking tracks are fairly short. The steep stairs to the lower falls can be a slightly challenging – especially if you aren’t a fan of stairs.
Upper Falls Olinda
There is a viewing platform with seats at the lookout to the Upper Falls.
I really enjoyed the lower falls because I like when I can get up close and personal to the waterfall. There is a little bridge that crosses over the waterfall and stable rocks surround the waterfall enabling you to get up close. There is also a viewing platform across the bridge. The featured picture is of the lower falls.
Do I recommend visiting the falls? Where to visit nearby?
I would recommend stopping by the falls if you are in the area and going to somewhere like the Sky High Lookout. I have seen some spectacular waterfalls in Victoria and this one isn’t comparatively as great as some of the other ones I have seen (it feels so wrong to say that about a waterfall…haha). So, I wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way to see it. If you are a fan of chasing waterfalls great and small like I am – go!!! There is also a picnic area surrounded by forest near the carpark to Olinda Falls.
Waterfalls to visit in and around the Yarra Valley:
- La La Falls, Warburton: A smaller waterfall which is particularly magical because of the rainforest-like surroundings.
- Steavenson Falls, Marysville: One of the largest and most epic waterfalls in Victoria which is surrounded by multiple walking trails of varying lengths and difficulty.
- Cora Lynn Falls, Cambarville: A medium-sized waterfall nestled in the forest, good to visit in conjunction with other nearby sites.
- Mason Falls, Kinglake: A large waterfall within Kinglake National park, with smaller waterfalls to explore above as well as many walking trails.
I stopped off at a cute Cafe called ‘Kalorama Kitchen’ which is near two great (and free!) lookouts. I had a Big Veggie Breakfast which was really delicious and chock full of veggies. The staff were lovely and attentive. I was the first customer for the day (it was quite early) so they seated me at the best table in the cafe which had a great view of Silvan Dam.
Note: I went to Olinda Falls a few weeks ago. The lower falls are currently closed according to Parks Victoria website. I always recommend checking the Parks Victoria website for updates before heading to a place that they look after.