Dandenong Ranges National Park, Dandenong

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Mountain National Park
The lush Dandenong Ranges National Park provide an ideal escape from urban Melbourne. Among these low mountains--which rise to 633 m (2,076 ft)--you'll find a dense temperate rainforest of towering mountain ash trees. Colorful with flowers in spring, deep green in summer, and occasionally snow-dusted in winter, the area offers numerous activities and charming villages. Head to SkyHigh atop Mount Dandenong for views back to Melbourne. Stop and smell the flowers at the National Rhododendron Gardens or hike through dense stands of soaring mountain ash trees in Sherbrooke Forest. Wander around the shops and galleries in Olinda, Belgrave, and Sassafras. If you want to spend a night or two, reserve a cottage or guesthouse nestled in the woods near one of the area's friendly towns. Plan to see Dandenong Ranges National Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Sassafras trip itinerary planner.
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  • Free ranging Black beak IBIS were roaming around. They obviously has been fed human food, we had a chance to catch our rest on a bench & there they are or at least a pair of them. We were obviously la...  more »
  • Amazing views and heaps to see on a nature walk through this park area so close to Melbourne. Very peaceful and refreshing place to get outdoors and take a walk.  more »
  • It's pretty easy to get to the 1000 steps aka Kokoda trail and lyrebird trail. I was expecting wilderness but on a Tuesday it was swamped with locals doing 'Jacobs ladder' ie running and walking trail...  more »
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  • Walked the 1000 steps. Was beautiful environment and lots of wildlife. We even saw a lyrebird! Great amenities and coffee. Lovely spot for a picnic even if you dont want to tackle the hill.
  • If you love nature and are visiting Melbourne do yourself a favour and visit this area. There are some great walks and also many cafes and restaurants
  • Great exercise route to use to benchmark your fitness level. But it's quite disappointing that there's no clearance at the top of the 1000 steps for a view of the area. Also the parking can be a nightmare on a sunny weekend. The bbq area is great for families and groups. Most obnoxious thing is the many fitness individuals blasting music from their phone speakers or Bluetooth speakers along the steps.
  • Had a nice hike. Took us about 40 minutes. Well worth it!
  • Beautiful nature ranges with multiple walks. Family friendly. Views over Melbourne city.