Kokoda Track Memorial Walk (Dandenong Ranges National Park)


Kokoda Track Memorial Walk (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

Affectionately known as the 1000 Steps, people come from across Melbourne to test their fitness against the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk. Look out for the bronze plaques that pay tribute to those who died on the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea during the Second World War.

How to get there

Kokoda Track Memorial Walk (Dandenong Ranges National Park)



Need to know

Kokoda Track Memorial Walk (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No bicycles
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • No horses
  • Restricted opening hours
  • No camping
  • Management vehicle only
  • No fires permitted


  • Other warnings
    • Limbs may fall take care
    • Trees may fall take care
  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery surface
    • Steep track

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.

Musk Walking Track Closed until further notice

The Musk Walking Track at Ferntree Gully adjacent to the 1000 Steps is closed due to storm damage, many trees have fallen across this track and some sections are heavily eroded and have subsided.

Planned burning

Planned burning operations are scheduled in the Dandenong ranges  which will result in Tremont hill walking track being closed to the public from the time a burn is approved for ignition until the area is declared safe. Ignition of the burn is scheduled for Saturday  21st of November and is subject to favourable weather. Check the status of current planned burns at https://plannedburns.ffm.vic.gov.au

1000 Steps Closure due to COVID19

In response to the advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer about COVID-19, the Ferntree Gully picnic ground, including the 1000 steps/Kokoda Memorial Track walk is closed until further notice. 
For more information please visit  www.parks.vic.gov.au/covid19

Storm Damage affected Tracks

Tracks heavily impacted by fallen trees in the Dandenong Ranges National Park are Alamein, Outlook, Edgars, Stables, Invermay and Golf Course Tracks. Parks Victoria is working on a plan to clear the fallen trees and seeks the public's patience while we work to clear the hundreds of fallen trees.

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