Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

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Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

The Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground is the starting point of the Kokoda Memorial Walk, affectionately known as the 1000 steps. Surrounded by tall Mountain Ash, enjoy a day out with family or friends. Spot kookaburras, Crimson Rosellas, and if you’re lucky the odd lyrebird about.

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Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

Need to know

Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

Warnings

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.

Park Areas Closed Due To Deer Control Activities

Parks Victoria are continuing deer control ground-shooting operations in the Dandenong Ranges National Park. This program will be taking place between the hours of 6pm and 6am on a number of nights in 2024. Current dates of operation are;
10th- 14 June 2024
26th- 28th June 2024


These control works are being undertaken by accredited and authorised contractors.
For reasons of public safety, various areas of the park will be inaccessible during the evening throughout this period.Signage will be in place at official access points when control activities are occurring. For your own safety please observe the signage during this time and do not enter any closed areas.
For further information please call 131963

Attachments: Neighbour_Notification_Map_DRNP_2324_09012024010908957 (2,529KB)

Deer Control in Dandenong Ranges National Park

Parks Victoria are continuing deer control in the Dandenong Ranges National Park. This program will be taking place between the hours of 4pm and 7am on a number of nights between June 13th 2024 and November 29th 2024. These control works are being undertaken by accredited and authorised contractors.
For reasons of public safety, various areas of the park will be inaccessible during the evening throughout this period.
Signage will be in place at access points when control activities are occurring. For our own safety please observe the signage during this time and do not enter any closed areas.
For further information please call 131963

Attachments: Map_DRNP_2425 change of conditions (2,529KB)

Kalorama Park toilets are closed with the disabled toilet open for use

Kalorama Park toilets are closed due to asbestos being discovered in the building, recent vandalism exposed the wall panelling revealing that it contains asbestos. For public safety the affected toilets are closed until works are completed to remove and replace the wall panelling. The disabled toilet does not have asbestos wall cladding and will remain open for the public to use. A time frame for the remediation works is unknown and as soon as funding is secured the works will commence.

Silvan Road Closed between Mathias Road and Olinda Creek Road from Monday 17th of June through to Friday 21st of June

Silvan road will be closed to allow FFMVic to do a full reform and grade along the length of the road. As part of this upgrade 600tonne of gravel will be spread along the road and the gates at Mathias and Olinda Creek Road will be shut for the duration of the works

Valley Picnic Ground Closed

  • Valley Picnic Ground is closed, the site will eventually be improved after it was damaged in the June 2021 Storm event ; visitors can use Boundary Road to access the park however no vehicle access to the picnic ground carpark is permitted. Please use Eagle Nest or Kalorama Park Picnic Ground as an alternative.

Mechanics Track closed between Mt Dandenong Tourist Road and Falls Road

  • Mechanics walking track from the Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd through to Falls Rd is closed due to significant damage from the June 2021 Storm.  Parks Victoria is currently working with insurance assessors and contractors on a plan to re-open this severely impacted walking track. 
  • Works completed so far has been the replacement of a timber bridge that was destroyed along with most of the large fallen trees having been cut through, the remaining walking track requires re-benching and tree branch removal where limbs have been partly buried due to the force of the impact with the ground. Works are expected to be completed by June 2024.

Olinda Falls Toilet Closed

The Olinda Falls toilet is closed indefinitely, nearby toilets at Kalorama Park or in the Olinda Township are open.

Wattle Track Bridge Closure Update

Wattle Track Bridge in Sherbrooke Forest is closed due to significant structural damage to the Foot Bridge by a fallen tree. Parks Victoria has engaged a contractor to commence construction works in March 2024, it is anticipated that the bridge will be opened by May 2024. The existing damaged timber bridge will be replaced with an all steel constructed bridge which includes a non slip FRP decking, during the construction period there may be some delays along Sherbrooke Track as building materials are carried to the site, Sherbrooke track will remain open.

Olinda Falls Lower Viewing Platform - update

The Olinda Falls lower viewing platform is currently closed due to severe damage caused by a fallen tree. All access to the lower falls area is closed to the public. The viewing platform is expected to be replaced sometime in 2024.

Fox Control Dandenong Ranges National Park

Parks Victoria are continuing the fox control program in the Dandenong Ranges National Park to relieve predation to native fauna. 
Poison Baiting will occur between May - November 2024.
Programs involve the use of buried poison baits and canid pest ejectors containing Sodium Monofluoroacetate (1080) and Para-aminopropiophenone (PAPP) in strategic locations across the park. Domestic dogs and cats are at risk from exposure to both poisons.

Under the National Parks Act (1975) dogs and cats cannot be taken into or be allowed to remain within the Dandenong Ranges National Park. 

Grants Picnic Ground Upgrades

In 2024 the Margaret Lester Walking Track is being upgraded to provide an all abilities accessible walking experience. The track will have a 1.2metre wide concrete surface and handrails. Five new stopping points will be created along the track and directional and education signage will be upgraded so people can learn more about the area. Once complete, the track will be a Grade 1 walk, suitable for visitors with prams, wheelchairs or limited mobility, to enjoy the forest.

For more information visit: 
www.parks.vic.gov.au/projects/melbourne-region/dandenong-ranges-national-park-grants-picnic-area-upgrades  

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