Dandenong Ranges National Park

Dandenong Ranges National Park

Dandenong Ranges National Park

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Dandenong Ranges National Park

Dandenong Ranges National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

 

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! 

Two women walk up the 1000 steps track.

1000 Steps Walk

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.

Sherbrooke Falls in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Sherbrooke Falls walk and picnic area

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.

  • Kokoda Track Memorial Walk (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    Closure of the 1000 Steps

    In response to advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Parks Victoria has decided to close high visitation sites with a typical attendance of over 500 people. This includes the 1000 Steps which will be closed until further notice. For more information, please visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/covid19

  • Dandenong Ranges National Park

    Wattle Track (in Sherbrooke Forest) closed indefinitely

    Wattle Track in the Sherbrooke Forest area of the Dandenong Ranges National park is closed indefinitely due to a tree falling and destroying the Wattle Track (Long Bridge) foot bridge. Walkers can use Monument Track as an alternative route.

    Ramblers Track closed

    Ramblers Track at Ferntree Gully is closed until further notice due to a fallen tree blocking access.

    Sassafras Creek Trail closed between Moxams Road and Baynes Park

    Sassafras Creek Trail is closed between Moxams Road and Baynes Park until further notice due to severe damage from a fallen tree.

    Tree Fern Loop Walking Track closed indefinitely

    Tree Fern Loop Track in the Sherbrooke Forest area of the Dandenong Ranges National park is closed indefinitely due to a tree falling and destroying the access foot bridge, this bridge was removed in 2015. The remaining section of track is now completely closed due to another access bridge being destroyed along with major tree fall across the track destroying hand rails and a viewing platform.

    Lyrebird Track closed until further notice

    At the direction of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Parks Victoria has closed Lyrebird Track until further notice. Check our COVID-19 update for the latest information, and follow the health advice provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground and Car Park Closed

    In response to advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Parks Victoria has decided to close high visitation sites with a typical attendance of over 500 people. This includes the 1000 Steps and Lyrebird Track Fitness Steps which will be closed until further notice. For more information, please visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/covid19

    BBQs out of order

    Several BBQs in the picnic ground at Ferntree Gully are currently out of order.

  • Olinda Falls Picnic Area (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    Olinda Falls lower viewing platform and creek crossing closed

    The Olinda Falls lower viewing platform and creek crossing is closed indefinitely due to severe damage from a fallen tree. Access to the lower falls is closed to the public.

    Toilets closed at Olinda Falls Picnic Area

    The toilet facilities at Olinda Falls Picnic Ground are closed until further notice. Alternate toilets are located at Kalorama Park, Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, and Olinda Township.

  • Doongalla Picnic Ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    Lawrence Walk closed

    Lawrence Walk is closed at Doongalla Picnic Ground until further notice due to an uprooted tree.

  • Grants Picnic Ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    Clematis Walking Track is Closed

    The Clematis Walking Track opposite Grants Picnic Ground is closed until further notice due to a large fallen tree blocking access, the foot bridge across the creek has also been badly damaged by another fallen tree.

    BBQ out of order.

    BBQ number 4 is currently out of order.

  • Sherbrooke Picnic ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    BBQ out of order

    BBQ 3 is currently out of order.

Tours in the area

Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.


If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.


Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.

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