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Dandenong Ranges National Park, Dandenong
Categories: Mountains, National Parks, Nature & Parks
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 Mount Dandenong trip itinerary planner.
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So many things to do in the Dandenong Ranges - beautiful ornamental gardens, both public and private; plant and flower nurseries; walking and hiking path; just being among the tall trees is awesome (l... read more »
The Dandenong Ranges not too far from the city if you have your own transport as so much yo enjoy and see . Well worth the drive on a nice clear day !! Beautiful forest ., lots of walking tracks , caf... read more »
Has something for everyone, of all ages. Cafes, walks, pubs and boutique accommodation and dining that won't be found anywhere else.
A stunning location, a forest paradise away from the busy city centre only a few kilometres away. These ranges are scattered with small towns with a heavy european influence in style and design. In many of these towns, it's only being surrounded by gumtrees, that you remember your just outside Melbourne and not in a German country village. There are several walking trails, get up and go early (really early) if you want to power through. At around 10am, the trails are full of people and tourists) The views from the lookout point at the summit towards the city of Melbourne and the suburbs are phenomenal. You can also get a bite to eat from the cafe here.
This is for the 1000 steps. This has changed a lot over the last 10 years. It's still beautiful however has become very popular in recent years. On weekends recommend an early start (before 8am) as the parking can become a problem quickly with the crowds. The 1000 steps and tracks are big enough that it doesn't feel to crowded. Another lesser known option is parking at the top instead of the main park at the bottom. Same experience in reverse.
Very scenic with lots of onsite utilities, bbq's, tables etc. Great place to take a quick stroll before heading further into the Mountain to the many cafes and shops!
Try and get up to the viewing area on a clear day. I caught a glimpse in the dark on the way back and it was a stunning night view. For a better day view head over to Burkes lookout. Check out Olinda and Sassafras as well. In the winter be wary that some of the forest walks take longer than expected and are quite challenging, best to do those in the morning. The view over the reservoir from Kalorama park is stunning.
Beautiful picturesque landscapes and the mountain ash gums are always impressive. Great bushwalks and plenty of picnic spots
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