Grants Picnic Ground Margaret Lester Forest Walk (Dandenong Ranges National Park)


Grants Picnic Ground Margaret Lester Forest Walk (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

Leading off from Grants Picnic Ground, the Margaret Lester Walk meanders through the cool temperate rainforest of Sherbrooke. Spot lyrebirds foraging on the forest floor and learn about the unique nature of cool temperate rainforests – threatened throughout the world.

How to get there

Grants Picnic Ground Margaret Lester Forest Walk (Dandenong Ranges National Park)


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Need to know

Grants Picnic Ground Margaret Lester Forest Walk (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No camping
  • No bicycles
  • No vehicles
  • No fires permitted
  • No horses
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed


  • Other warnings
    • Trees may fall take care
    • Limbs may fall take care

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

Access changes during Urban Parks Active Wellbeing Program upgrade works

Works to upgrade facilities as part of the Urban Parks Active Wellbeing Program have started.

During works access to park facilities including, pathways, picnic tables, barbeques and playground equipment may be limited or closed.

For more information about these upgrades please visit the Parks Victoria Project Page, or contact the Parks Victoria team at or call 13 1963.

Olinda Falls lower viewing platform and creek crossing closed

The Olinda Falls lower viewing platform and creek crossing is closed indefinitely due to severe damage from a fallen tree. All access to the lower falls is closed to the public.

Sherbrooke Track resurfacing works

Sherbrooke Trail - Upgrade & Maintenance Works
Upgrade and maintenance works will commence Monday 22nd of May 2023 on  trails (see below) in the Sherbrooke Forest, these works will continue over the next five weeks.
Please note that not all trails will be closed at the same time, and we’ll be working towards making the trails available over the weekends where possible. Segments of the car park will be made available as we progress through the works.
The order of the existing trails below will be resurfaced in partnership with Parks Victoria to ensure the communities safety, and experience (depending on weather):
1.       Sherbrooke Track
2.       Ridge Track
3.       Pound Creek
4.       Wattle Track
During the next five weeks the Sherbrooke Picnic Ground carpark will be closed off to the public, but the O’Donohue Picnic Ground will still be available. The sites will be signposted while works are underway. 

Mechanics Track Partially Closed

  • A section of Mechanics track from the Tourist rd. to Falls rd. near Olinda Falls Picnic Ground is closed due to significant damage from the June 2021 Storm.  

Closures due to storm damage

  •      Valley Picnic Ground is closed to picnicking; visitors can use Boundary Road to access the park however         no vehicle access is permitted.
  •      Sections of Sassafras Creek/Menzies Creek walking track
  •      Wattle Track in Sherbrooke 
  •      William Ricketts Sanctuary
  •      Areas of Silvan/Olinda forest 

Attachments: DR Storm Damage Works - Autumn 2022 Flyer (1,671KB)

Sherbrooke Picnic Ground Toilet Closed

The toilet block is closed temporarily awaiting connection to the sewer, the nearby O'Donohues Picnic Ground toilet is open.

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