Dandenong Ranges National Park
Dandenong Ranges National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.
The forested slopes of the Dandenong Ranges are a place of tranquil forest walks, quaint hilltop towns and charismatic animals such as lyrebirds and wallabies. Conquer the famous 1000 Steps, discover Olinda Falls and enjoy commanding views over Melbourne and the Yarra Valley.
The Dandenong Ranges is a rainforest getaway on Melbourne's doorstep. A short drive or train ride from the city you will find steep volcanic hills covered in stands of the world's tallest flowering tree, the Mountain Ash. Living among the greenery are wallabies, lyrebirds, wombats and the Powerful Owl so please ensure you leave your dogs at home to avoid disturbing the local wildlife.
Take an energetic walk up the 1000 Steps from Ferntree Gully Picnic Area and learn about its poignant association with Australia's Second World War veterans and the Kokoda Track Campaign.
The mountains of the Dandenong Ranges offer stunning views across Melbourne. Waterfalls are also a feature of this cool temperate rainforest. Olinda Falls and Sherbrooke Falls are best after rain. Just don't forget to wear hiking boots!
The 1000 Steps is probably Melbourne’s most popular bushwalk. Officially the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, runners love the challenge of the steep trail, locals appreciate the convenience and tourists just want a picture of a gorgeous rainforest walk.
Deep in the Sherbrooke Forest, you'll find Sherbrooke Falls, where little creek cascades into a delightful gully.
Need to know
Dandenong Ranges National Park
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.
William Ricketts Sanctuary (William Ricketts Sanctuary - Gardens of the Dandenongs)
COVID 19 closure - William Ricketts Sanctuary
Grants Picnic Ground Hardy Gully Walk (Dandenong Ranges National Park)
Hardy Gully Nature Walk Temporary ClosureHardy Gully Nature Walk in Sherbrooke Forest is closed to visitors for environmental protection reasons for 4 weeks. Alternative short walks include the Margaret Lester Forest Walk and Clematis Track opposite Grants Picnic Ground.
Kokoda Track Memorial Walk (Dandenong Ranges National Park)
1000 Steps/Kokoda Track Memorial Walk closed until further noticeIn response to advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer about COVID-19, the 1000 Steps/Kokoda Track Memorial Walk is closed until further notice. For more information, please visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/covid19
Tours in the area
Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.
If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.
Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.