Valley Picnic Ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park, RJ Hamer Arboretum)

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Valley Picnic Ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park, RJ Hamer Arboretum)

Hidden away from the busy Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Valley Picnic Ground is the perfect spot for a peaceful picnic. Subject to opening times, explore the plethora of walks that lead off into the lush fern-laden forests of the Dandenong Ranges National Park from here.

How to get there

Valley Picnic Ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park, RJ Hamer Arboretum)

Facilities

Carpark

Need to know

Valley Picnic Ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park, RJ Hamer Arboretum)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

  • No dogs allowed
  • No firearms allowed
  • No fires permitted
  • No camping

Warnings

  • Other warnings
    • 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.

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.

Temporary closed areas due to deer control activities

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 February 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 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 (2,529KB)

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.

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.

Olinda Falls Toilet Closed

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

Deer control in the 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 the 1st of November 2023 and the 30th of November 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 from dusk until dawn throughout this period.
For your safety please observe all closure signage during this time and do not enter any closed areas.
For further information please call 131963

R.J. Hamer Arboretum Visitor Guide & Map

Please find attached the current R.J. Hamer Arboretum Visitor Guide & park map:

Attachments: Park-note-RJ-Hamer-Arboretum (222KB)

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