Doongalla Homestead Site (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

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Doongalla Homestead Site (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

Located on the western side of Mount Dandenong, the Doongalla Homestead dates back to 1892. Once a magnificent mansion, little remains of the original building after it burnt down in the 1932 bushfires. Explore the historic site and enjoy a picnic in the relaxing surrounds of the Dandenong Ranges.

How to get there

Doongalla Homestead Site (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

Facilities

Carpark
Toilets

Need to know

Doongalla Homestead Site (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

  • No firearms allowed
  • Restricted opening hours
  • No camping
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed

Warnings

  • Other warnings
    • Trees may fall take care
    • Limbs may fall take care

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Olinda/Silvan Storm Recovery Works

Following the 2021 storm events, 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. Works will also re-establish safe public access and allow the forest to regenerate. Environmental 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. 

Inline with seasonal closure principles, works have paused for winter to avoid further damage to the environment and tracks. As such, there are some debris piles that remain in the Board Track and Mathias Road areas (areas 2 and 3 on map). However, these areas are open to the public. 

Attachments: SilvanOlinda Recovery Overview Map (288KB)

Closures due to storm damage

  • 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 Walk 
  • Sections of Sassafras Creek/Menzies Creek walking track
  • Wattle Track in Sherbrooke 
  • William Ricketts Sanctuary
  • Areas of Silvan/Olinda forest 

Attachments: DR Storm Damage Works - Autumn 2022 Flyer (1,671KB)

Sherbrooke Picnic Ground Toilet Closed

The toilet block is closed temporarily awaiting connection to the sewer, the nearby O'Donohues Picnic Ground toilet is open.

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