Dandenong Ranges National Park

Dandenong Ranges National Park

Dandenong Ranges National Park

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Dandenong Ranges National Park

Dandenong Ranges National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Wurundjeri People. 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! 

Two women walk up the 1000 steps track.

1000 Steps Walk

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.

Sherbrooke Falls in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Sherbrooke Falls walk and picnic area

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.

  • Valley Picnic Ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    Valley Picnic Ground closed for visitor safety

    Valley Picnic Ground is closed until further notice due to recent severe weather damage.

  • Eagle Nest Picnic Area (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    Eagle Nest Picnic Area closed for visitor safety

    Eagle Nest Picnic Area is closed until further notice due to recent severe weather damage.

  • Olinda Falls Picnic Area (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    Olinda Falls Picnic Area closed for visitor safety

    Olinda Falls Picnic Area is closed until further notice due to recent severe weather damage.

    Olinda Falls Toilets Closed

    The public toilets at Olinda Falls are closed at least until the end of 2021, due to a major plumbing issue, Parks Victoria is working to resolve the matter as soon as possible. We acknowledge that the toilets have already been closed for a lengthy period, however due to planning and operational constraints the toilet works have been significantly delayed. Other public toilets nearby are at Kalorama Park or the Olinda Township.

  • Dandenong Ranges National Park

    Large areas of Dandenong Ranges National Park closed due to storm damage

    Updated 30 July 2021
    Dandenong Ranges National Park was heavily impacted by severe storms on 9 June 2021 and a large section of the park will be closed until further notice. The following sites are open:
    • Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground, One Tree Hill Picnic Ground, and most surrounding tracks including Lyrebird Track are now open. The 1000 Steps/Kokoda Memorial Track REMAINS CLOSED.
    • 1000 Steps Café
    • East Sherbrooke (east of Monbulk Road), including Grants Picnic Ground
    • Sherbrooke and O'Donohue Picnic Grounds and tracks to the east and north. Sherbrooke Falls REMAINS CLOSED.
    • Silvan Reservoir Park
    • Doongalla Picnic Ground and most tracks to the east and north. Zig Zag track, Channel Ten Track, Burkes lookout and area around the Mount Dandenong Observatory REMAIN CLOSED.
    • Olinda Precinct 
    • Black Hill Reserve (Selby)
     
    All other parts of the park remain closed- see the attached map for more information.
     
    Assessments are still ongoing, but it is anticipated that more areas in the park will be able to open in the coming weeks. Areas where there is extensive damage may be closed for some time. We recommend you check this page for updates on closures.
    It is dangerous and illegal to enter closed areas and there is still high risk of further trees and branches falling.

    Attachments: Closure Map 30 July 2021 (4,544KB)

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    New closing time

    Please note that Kalorama Park, Doongalla Homestead Site and Stables picnic ground, Eagle Nest picnic ground, Valley picnic ground, and Silvan Reservoir Park close at 4:00 pm.

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