Dandenong Ranges National Park - North

Dandenong Ranges National Park - North

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Dandenong Ranges National Park North

Dandenong Ranges National Park

The north of the Dandenong Ranges National Park includes the area's highest peak, Mount Dandenong. This is a popular area for walks and picnics. Here you will find the historic site of the former Doongalla Homestead among beautiful gardens, magnificent Olinda Falls and stunning views from Burkes Lookout and Kalorama.
Escape to this wonderful cool temperate rainforest on Melbourne's doorstep. The northern Dandenong Ranges is a place of majestic scenery, stunning views, beautiful gardens and noisy, colourful wildlife.

Enjoy forest walks under the canopy of the world's tallest flowering plant, the Mountain Ash Tree. Take a moment to rest quietly and you might see a lyrebird scratching in the soil or a wallaby browsing in the undergrowth.

One of the best views in the Dandenongs is from Burkes Lookout, from where you can see the Kinglake Ranges, Mt Macedon, the You Yangs, Port Phillip and the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas on a clear day. Kalorama Lookout offers another great view – across to Silvan Reservoir.

Olinda has always been known for its gardens. The Dandenong Ranges Botanical Garden is hugely popular in spring when Rhododendrons bloom and cherry trees blossom, while the Mount Dandenong Arboretum is spectacular in autumn.

The Dandenong Ranges is a place where a spot of rain means you are more likely to see the natural wonders of the area. After a shower, the lyrebirds come out to feed, Olinda Falls flows more – and you might see a rainbow over the verdant hills.

Things To Do

 
A man with an afro wearing a leather jacket and woman wearing a cream knitted jumper turn and walk away from a lake in the Dandenong Ranges Botanical Gardens.

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (formerly the National Rhododendron Garden) is host to brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around.
A man in a blue puffer jack walks towards a women with black hair wearing a cream jumper to join a picnic.

Doongalla Homestead

The Doongalla Homestead was established in the 1890s but destroyed by a bushfire in 1932. The remnant gardens and open lawn areas make this a great location for a family picnic.
The stunning view from the top of Kalorama Park in the northern section of the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Kalorama Park

Boasting spectacular views over Silvan Reservoir and the south-eastern face of the Dandenong Ranges, Kalorama Park is perfect for picnics, barbecues or simply relaxing whilst enjoying the magnificent surrounds.
Water cascades over Olinda Falls

Olinda-Falls

Starting at the Olinda Falls Picnic Ground, follow the Falls Track. After 300m, you will come to the top viewing platform across Olinda Creek as the steady flow of water cascades over the rocks. A further 140m leads to the lower viewing platform and a small bridge over the creek.
The view from the RJ Hamer Arboretum in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

RJ Hamer Arboretum

Take a quiet, peaceful stroll along the many walking tracks and roads of the Arboretum and take in the tranquil beauty and stunning scenery across the Yarra Valley out to the Warburton Ranges and beyond.
A sculpture looks over a walking path in the William Ricketts Sanctuary.

William Ricketts Sanctuary

Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, due both to the natural setting and the mystical sculptures half hidden among ferns along the pathways. It is a place for quiet reflection and for contemplation of the essence of the vision of William Ricketts. Many travel across the world to visit this place time and time again.
Two men mountain biking at Silvan Reservoir, Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Mountain bike trails in Dandenong Ranges National Park

The steep terrain and tall canopy of the Silvan area of Dandenong Ranges National Park makes for an exciting mountain bike destination. The area hosts a combination of single trail and management vehicle tracks with opportunities for beginner and intermediate skill levels.

How to get there

Dandenong Ranges National Park North

The north of the Dandenong Ranges National Park includes the area's highest peak, Mount Dandenong. This is a popular area for walks and picnics. Here you will find the historic site of the former Doongalla Homestead among beautiful gardens, magnificent Olinda Falls and stunning views from Burkes Lookout and Kalorama.

Facilities

Picnic Area
BBQ
Carpark
Lookout

When to go

Escape the heat of the city. The Dandenongs are consistently a few degrees cooler than built up areas in lower altitudes.

Need to know

Dandenong Ranges National Park North

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.

  • Dandenong Ranges National Park

    Most of Dandenong Ranges National Park Closed due to storm damage

    Dandenong Ranges National Park was heavily impacted by severe storms on 9 June 2021 and a large section of the park will be closed until further notice. The following sites are open:

    • East Sherbrooke (east of Monbulk Road), including Grants Picnic Ground
    • Doongalla Picnic Ground and access road. The tracks and area surrounding the picnic ground REMAIN CLOSED. 

    All other parts of the park, including the 1000 Steps, remain closed.

    Assessments are still ongoing, but it is anticipated that some areas in the park will be able to open in the coming weeks. Areas where there is extensive damage may be closed for some time. We recommend you check this page for updates on closures.
     
    Please note it is dangerous and illegal to enter closed areas and there is still high risk of further trees and branches falling.

  • Olinda Falls Picnic Area (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    Olinda Falls Toilets Closed

    The public toilets at Olinda Falls are closed at least until the end of 2021, due to a major plumbing issue, Parks Victoria is working to resolve the matter as soon as possible. We acknowledge that the toilets have already been closed for a lengthy period, however due to planning and operational constraints the toilet works have been significantly delayed. Other public toilets nearby are at Kalorama Park or the Olinda Township.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    New closing time

    Please note that Kalorama Park, Doongalla Homestead Site and Stables picnic ground, Eagle Nest picnic ground, Valley picnic ground, and Silvan Reservoir Park close at 4:00 pm.

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