Dandenong Ranges National Park

Dandenong Ranges National Park

Dandenong Ranges National Park
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Dandenong Ranges National Park is a rainforest getaway on Melbourne's doorstep. This is a place of tranquil forest walks, quaint hilltop towns and charismatic animals. Conquer the famous 1000 Steps, discover Olinda Falls and enjoy stunning views over Melbourne and the Yarra Valley. Here you'll find steep volcanic hills covered in stands of the world's tallest flowering tree, the Mountain Ash. Living among the greenery are wallabies, lyrebirds, wombats and the Powerful Owl. Please ensure you leave your dogs at home to avoid disturbing the local wildlife. Take an energetic walk up the 1000 Steps from Ferntree Gully Picnic Area and learn about its poignant association with Australia's Second World War veterans and the Kokoda Track Campaign.
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  • steve c
    San Ramon, California35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    1000 Steps trail - well worth it!
    The 1000 steps trail is a moderate trail which does include a lot of steps, but it was well worth it. You will walk through a cool rain forest, so a light jacket is recommended and bring a water bottle. We took public transportation from the CBD (Central business district) of Melbourne to the 1000 steps trailhead. There is a very convenient bus stop very close to the beginning of the trail.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 22 April 2023
  • Sarah V
    45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Forrest and birds.
    We did the Lyrebird walk in the Sherborn Forrest. It was wonderful. Beautiful tree ferns. The mountain ash trees made a wonderful Forrest. We had a local birder with us who pointed out the beautiful birds and their calls. U fortunately we did not see a Lyrebird. Wonderful outing.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 January 2024
  • Traveller
    Melbourne, Australia15,759 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful National Park near Melbourne
    My wife and I were here recently for a holiday where we stayed for two nights in a 5 Stars Holiday Cottage which costs around $300 a night. This is our third annual visit and we had also stayed for two nights in two other Holiday Cottages in the previous years. Before that, we had made several day trips from our house in Melbourne. There are many delightful places to visit within the Ranges with several Gardens, hiking tracks and plenty of restaurants to choose from. We plan to return every year to stay in another Holiday Cottage in different locations within the Ranges for two nights each time.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 February 2024
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia15,759 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
My wife and I were here recently for a holiday where we stayed for two nights in a 5 Stars Holiday Cottage which costs around $300 a night.

This is our third annual visit and we had also stayed for two nights in two other Holiday Cottages in the previous years. Before that, we had made several day trips from our house in Melbourne.

There are many delightful places to visit within the Ranges with several Gardens, hiking tracks and plenty of restaurants to choose from.

We plan to return every year to stay in another Holiday Cottage in different locations within the Ranges for two nights each time.
Written 27 February 2024
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dacooledge
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Highlight is the Chelsea garden, the rest of the garden is probably much better in the spring .
Helpful lady at the visitor desk provided a good suggestion for the route, heading to Serenity point for the view best but the view before the point was better as Serenity point obscured by trees
Written 12 January 2024
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Sarah V
Johannesburg45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We did the Lyrebird walk in the Sherborn Forrest.
It was wonderful. Beautiful tree ferns. The mountain ash trees made a wonderful Forrest. We had a local birder with us who pointed out the beautiful birds and their calls. U fortunately we did not see a Lyrebird.
Wonderful outing.
Written 2 January 2024
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Very easy access from Melbourne via the Belgrave train (1 hr), and an impressive selection of trails through the Ash-Eucalyptus-Fern forest. The place is teeming with birds (butcherbirds, currawongs, rosellas, treecreepers, whistlers, bowerbirds and lyrebirds), with the cuckatoos ruling the tree crowns. The trails are maintained and marked well. Don't miss this beautiful place.
Written 26 November 2023
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steve c
San Ramon, CA35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The 1000 steps trail is a moderate trail which does include a lot of steps, but it was well worth it. You will walk through a cool rain forest, so a light jacket is recommended and bring a water bottle. We took public transportation from the CBD (Central business district) of Melbourne to the 1000 steps trailhead. There is a very convenient bus stop very close to the beginning of the trail.
Written 22 April 2023
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Charlotte C
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The Dandenong Ranges National Park is a nice daytrip out of Melbourne. The large trees are beautiful and impressive. It is a pretty drive. The small villages are charming and fun for strolling around.
Written 27 January 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,086 contributions
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Aug 2022
The Dandenong Ranges are a world away from Melbourne's hectic lifestyle. In summer, the Dandenong Ranges are a haven, the ranges are always cooler than the flat lands. The tree ferns are always captivating. There is lots of birdlife, you can hear the Bellbirds, you might even catch a glimpse of a Lyrebird. The landscape is dominated by the enormous Mountain Ash. These giant trees are amongst the world's tallest flowering plants. The Dandenong Ranges have many hiking trails; it's a great place to escape from modernity.
Written 30 September 2022
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Wanda110
Doncaster, UK199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
So close to the city yet like a different world. Lovely places to walk and little towns to visit for crafts and coffee. Also a fantastic botanic garden at Olinda. A lovely escape for a day out.
Written 15 June 2022
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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia15,759 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
My wife and I stayed in a holiday cottage in Olinda for two nights during our recent holiday in Dandenong Ranges.

We visited a few places during our holiday, including the Botanic Garden, Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, George Tindal Memorial Gardens, Emerald Lake Park, Burkes Lookout, Grants Picnic Area where we went on three hiking tracks, Olinda Tea House and R.J. Hamer Arboretum.

There was a very severe storm in June 2021 in the Dandenong Ranges and some places are still closed for repairs, including the 1000 Steps, Olinda Falls and some parts of Sherbrooke.
Written 30 April 2022
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Ozzy-Kunnu
Melbourne, Australia2,984 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
This is one of those scenic National parks that is famous for many treks with different difficulty levels suiting every indovidual, especially the 1000 Steps which is not just breathtaking but extremely tiring.

Highly recommend
Written 30 April 2021
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