Silvan Reservoir Pictorial Heritage - 1880 to 2011

Silvan Forest

About this Research Project
Timeline 1880-2010
Historical Background from 1917
Construction 1926-1932
Aerial Ropeway
Aerial Cableway
Steam Tramway
Development after 1932
Modern Era
The abandoned Second Reservoir
Silvan Forest
Reservoir Park
Stonyford Forest Nature Trail
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This is a two-minute Video, with music, of a hike in the Silvan Forest of March 10, 2011. Enjoy!

Maps at overflow carpark

Olinda Creek Track


The Silvan Forest is a relatively large area of preserved bushland, adjacent to the Reservoir Park, and managed by Melbourne Water.

Its boundaries are the Stonyford Rd, the Lilydale-Monbulk Rd, and the Mt Evelyn Section of the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

A network of walking trails passes through the Forest, starting at the overflow carpark, opposite the main gates to the Park - a map is located there.

These are prominently signed, and include the Grey Gum, Circuit, Messmate, and Olinda Creek Tracks. 


A popular hike is the 6 km (one way) Olinda Creek Walking Track, which links the overflow carpark with Mt Evelyn.

The first section of this passes through forest next to the Olinda Creek, then continues up-hill along Melbourne Water's Pipe Track in a wide firebreak, reaching the Mt Evelyn Recreation Reserve.

Underneath Pipe Track is the large pipelione carrying water from Silvan to the Preston Reservoir. Silver valves are located along the track for management purposes.

The Track, including Piper Track, actually follows the route of the former Aerial Ropeway, which carried materials via a Flying Fox from the Mt Evelyn rail siding to the reservoir construction site..

The Track was formed on 1932 by members of the Melbourne Women's Walking Club.

An account of the first walk by the Club is in the Melbourne Argus, July 28, 1933. 

See the Parks Vic link for information about the track, and a map:

Olinda Creek Track

Olinda Creek Track

Olinda Creek Track

Messmate Track 2011

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