Dandenong Ranges National Park North


Dandenong Ranges National Park North

Dandenong Ranges National Park

The north of the Dandenong Ranges National Park includes the area's highest peak, Mount Dandenong. This is a popular area for walks and picnics. Here you will find the historic site of the former Doongalla Homestead among beautiful gardens, magnificent Olinda Falls and stunning views from Burkes Lookout and Kalorama.
Escape to this wonderful cool temperate rainforest on Melbourne's doorstep. The northern Dandenong Ranges is a place of majestic scenery, stunning views, beautiful gardens and noisy, colourful wildlife.

Enjoy forest walks under the canopy of the world's tallest flowering plant, the Mountain Ash Tree. Take a moment to rest quietly and you might see a lyrebird scratching in the soil or a wallaby browsing in the undergrowth.

One of the best views in the Dandenongs is from Burkes Lookout, from where you can see the Kinglake Ranges, Mt Macedon, the You Yangs, Port Phillip and the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas on a clear day. Kalorama Lookout offers another great view – across to Silvan Reservoir.

Olinda has always been known for its gardens. The Dandenong Ranges Botanical Garden is hugely popular in spring when Rhododendrons bloom and cherry trees blossom, while the Mount Dandenong Arboretum is spectacular in autumn.

The Dandenong Ranges is a place where a spot of rain means you are more likely to see the natural wonders of the area. After a shower, the lyrebirds come out to feed, Olinda Falls flows more – and you might see a rainbow over the verdant hills.

Things To Do

People walk along a paved path surrounded by mature autumnal European trees.

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (formerly the National Rhododendron Garden) is host to brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around.
A landscaped garden with winding paths, a large pond and filled with mature native Australian plants.

Chelsea Australian Garden at Olinda

Located in the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, this beautiful native garden is a re-creation of the award-winning ‘Australian Garden’ exhibit, the first ever Australian entry to win at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.
A man in a blue puffer jack walks towards a women with black hair wearing a cream jumper to join a picnic.

Doongalla Homestead

The Doongalla Homestead was established in the 1890s but destroyed by a bushfire in 1932. The remnant gardens and open lawn areas make this a great location for a family picnic.
The stunning view from the top of Kalorama Park in the northern section of the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Kalorama Park

Boasting spectacular views over Silvan Reservoir and the south-eastern face of the Dandenong Ranges, Kalorama Park is perfect for picnics, barbecues or simply relaxing whilst enjoying the magnificent surrounds.
Water cascades over Olinda Falls


Starting at the Olinda Falls Picnic Ground, follow the Falls Track. After 300m, you will come to the top viewing platform across Olinda Creek as the steady flow of water cascades over the rocks. A further 140m leads to the lower viewing platform and a small bridge over the creek.
The view from the RJ Hamer Arboretum in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

RJ Hamer Arboretum

Take a quiet, peaceful stroll along the many walking tracks and roads of the Arboretum and take in the tranquil beauty and stunning scenery across the Yarra Valley out to the Warburton Ranges and beyond.
A sculpture looks over a walking path in the William Ricketts Sanctuary.

William Ricketts Sanctuary

Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, due both to the natural setting and the mystical sculptures half hidden among ferns along the pathways. It is a place for quiet reflection and for contemplation of the essence of the vision of William Ricketts. Many travel across the world to visit this place time and time again.
Two men mountain biking at Silvan Reservoir, Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Mountain bike trails in Dandenong Ranges National Park

The steep terrain and tall canopy of the Silvan area of Dandenong Ranges National Park makes for an exciting mountain bike destination. The area hosts a combination of single trail and management vehicle tracks with opportunities for beginner and intermediate skill levels.
A ground take a volunteer led tour through the Flying Fox environments on the banks of the Yarra River in Yarra Bend Park

Guided Park Walks

Meet new people and connect with nature on a free guided Park Walk in one of Victoria’s beautiful parks. Walks are led by our trained and friendly volunteers, so you can relax, enjoy the serenity of the bush and chat with other group members. Go on a walk as a once-off to explore somewhere new or become a regular and add it to your wellbeing or fitness routine.

How to get there

Dandenong Ranges National Park North

The north of the Dandenong Ranges National Park includes the area's highest peak, Mount Dandenong. This is a popular area for walks and picnics. Here you will find the historic site of the former Doongalla Homestead among beautiful gardens, magnificent Olinda Falls and stunning views from Burkes Lookout and Kalorama.


Picnic Area

When to go

Escape the heat of the city. The Dandenongs are consistently a few degrees cooler than built up areas in lower altitudes.

Need to know

Dandenong Ranges National Park North

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.

  • Olinda Falls Picnic Area (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    Olinda Falls Toilet Closed

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

    Mechanics Walking 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 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.

  • Dandenong Ranges National Park

    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

  • Sherbrooke Track (Dandenong Ranges National Park)

    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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Mathias Road Closure

    A section of Mathias Road (Hamer Arboretum) will be closed to walkers between the 18th and 22nd of December inclusive. The Closure is to allow for the safe replacement of a large creek culvert that has collapsed, the location of the works and track closure point is here: https://maps.app.goo.gl/eunhiUT7gTjFnz2s8 
    Walkers will not be able to enter, walk through or around he work site during this time, please seek an alternative route. The majority of the road will remain open during this time.

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