Dandenong Ranges National Park, Dandenong

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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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  • The Dandenongs are the hills to the east of Melbourne. The foliage is lush and the Dandenongs are a good place to retreat to when Melbourne has one of its stinking hot days. Suburbia is encroaching on...  more »
  • Lovely, tranquil place to visit have a picnic or BBQ you can drive around or go for a walk lots of wildlife around. 
  • First you pay to get in. Then you fight elbow to elbow with 1,000 Chinese tourists for a seat on an old bus which takes you 2km to a backlot that has rows of cherry trees already stripped by the vultu...  more »
  • Great for short (and long) walks through the forest, and within walking distance from public transport (if you need it!). Quite spread out too, covering a large area so there's lots to have a look at.
  • The closest bit of temperate rainforest to Melbourne. There are nice walks, lots of shops and plenty of wildlife to see (none of it dangerous). If you are visiting Australia and want to see it's cooler green side this place is an easy visit. Best access by pubic transport is from Ferntree Gully station and then bus to Sassafras - or alternatively, on weekends, take the train to Belgrave, and then go to the puffing billy railroad for a trip through the farms and forest of the Dandenong Ranges.
  • 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!