Dandenong Ranges National Park
The forested slopes of the Dandenong Ranges are a place of tranquil forest walks, quaint hilltop towns and charismatic animals such as lyrebirds and wallabies. Conquer the famous 1000 Steps, discover Olinda Falls and enjoy commanding views over Melbourne and the Yarra Valley.
The Dandenong Ranges is a rainforest getaway on Melbourne's doorstep. A short drive or train ride from the city you will 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 so 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.
The mountains of the Dandenong Ranges offer stunning views across Melbourne. Waterfalls are also a feature of this cool temperate rainforest. Olinda Falls and Sherbrooke Falls are best after rain. Just don't forget to wear hiking boots!
The 1000 Steps is probably Melbourne’s most popular bushwalk. Officially the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, runners love the challenge of the steep trail, locals appreciate the convenience and tourists just want a picture of a gorgeous rainforest walk.
Deep in the Sherbrooke Forest, you'll find Sherbrooke Falls, where little creek cascades into a delightful gully.
Need to know
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Change of Conditions
Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
The following areas remain closed due to severe damage caused by the June 2021 Storm eventCurrent Closures:Valley Picnic Ground is Closed to picnicking, visitors can use Boundary Road to access the park however no vehicle access is permitted.1000 Steps/Kokoda Memorial WalkPound Creek Track, Hillclimb Track and Wattle Track in SherbrookeOlinda Falls Picnic Area and Falls TrackMechanics Track and Cascade Track at and near Olinda FallsMay Moon Walk at Kalorama Park
Storm Recovery Works Information FlyerSee attachment for general information
Attachments: DR Storm Damage Works - Autumn 2022 Flyer (1,671KB)
Olinda/Silvan Storm Recovery Works OccurringFollowing the June 2021 storms where large areas of the Dandenong Ranges National Park were impacted, Parks Victoria is partnering with other government agencies to support recovery efforts on public land. In the Silvan and Olinda areas, VicForest will remove debris and treat hazardous trees to reduce the bushfire risk and enable safe and rapid response to emergencies. These works will also re-establish safe, public access and to rehabilitate the park's environmental qualities. Environmental, biodiversity and cultural values are being identified and managed during this process. For your safety please observe signage, do not enter work sites and beware of machinery and trucks.The following tracks remain closed until dry weather allows crews to complete:Mathias Rd, Boundary Rd, Yallambie Tk, Rock Tk, Dam Tk, Sequoia Tk, Poplar Tk, Simons Ave, Fraxinus Tk, Gingko Tk and Black Hole Tk (area 3 - see map).The following tracks will be closed from 18 May to 1 June:Board Tk, Rd 2, Rd 16 and Rd 15 (area 2 - see map).
Attachments: Silvan.Olinda Recovery Overview Map (288KB)
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