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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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,211 contributions
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
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
67 contributions
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, Australia13,793 contributions
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
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, Australia15,739 contributions
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, Australia2,979 contributions
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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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia27,762 contributions
Mar. 2021
Burke's Lookout is not seperately listed to the Dandenong Ranges National Park. some 3,500 HA of Australian bush in the Dandenong Ranges 30-40 KM from Melbourne. Burke's Lookout is not well signed and provided a small car park just south of the Mt Dandenong Lookout which is not free to enter.The views across greater Melbourne are excellent.
Written 1 April 2021
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Jas
Sydney, Australia10 contributions
Feb. 2021
I have to agree with a past poster, in that the lack of information centre was disappointing. We had not much advice to go on and were using google maps etc. Everywhere we go in Australia, we use info centres, even in small rural towns, so I was shocked there was nothing to aid the public in this way. Bit let down.
Written 16 March 2021
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Traceace
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
Dec. 2020 • Couples
So lucky to spot this guy whilst hiking today. Near Eagles Nest picnic Ground. One of my favourite spots.
Written 27 December 2020
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