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
Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden
RJ Hamer Arboretum
William Ricketts Sanctuary
Mountain bike trails in Dandenong Ranges National Park
Guided Park Walks
How to get there
Dandenong Ranges National Park North
When you're there
Dandenong Ranges National Park is open every day, including weekends and public holidays.
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.
The park is closed when the local fire danger rating is 'Severe' and may also close when there is a forecast for damaging winds of 80kph or more. Check this page before your visit and download the Dandenong Ranges National Park north visitor guide for more information about this part of the park.
Need to know
Dandenong Ranges National Park North
Visiting a park can be more of a challenge for people with disabilities, however in Victoria there are a wide range of facilities to help people of all abilities enjoy our wonderful parks around the state.
Assistance dogs are welcome in Parks Victoria parks and reserves. Entry requirements apply for parks and reserves that are usually dog prohibited, such as national parks.
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.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Deer control, (Shooting) Night closures of Sherbrooke, Doongalla and OlindaAreas of the Dandenong Ranges National Park will be closed between the hours of 5.30 pm and 6.00 am from Sunday 28th May to Thursday 1st June in order to control Deer via shooting. Affected areas of the national park include Doongalla, Sherbrooke and Olinda, during this period members of the public are not permitted in the areas as highlighted on the map.
Deer control - Doongalla Homestead, Dandenong Ranges National ParkShooting operations for deer will take place from Sunday 28th May until Thursday 1st June each day from 5:30pm to 6:00am.Doongalla will be closed to the public during these hours.
Closures due to storm damage
- Valley Picnic Ground is closed to picnicking; visitors can use Boundary Road to access the park however no vehicle access is permitted.
- Sections of Sassafras Creek/Menzies Creek walking track
- Wattle Track in Sherbrooke
- William Ricketts Sanctuary
- Areas of Silvan/Olinda forest
Attachments: DR Storm Damage Works - Autumn 2022 Flyer (1,671KB)
Sherbrooke Track resurfacing worksUpgrade and maintenance works will commence Monday 22nd of May 2023 on trails (see below) in the Sherbrooke Forest, these works will continue over the next five weeks.Please note that not all trails will be closed at the same time, and we’ll be working towards making the trails available over the weekends where possible. Segments of the car park will be made available as we progress through the works.The order of the existing trails below will be resurfaced in partnership with Parks Victoria to ensure the communities safety, and experience (depending on weather):1. Sherbrooke Track2. Ridge Track3. Pound Creek4. Wattle TrackDuring the next five weeks the Sherbrooke Picnic Ground carpark will be closed off to the public, but the O’Donohue Picnic Ground will still be available. The sites will be signposted while works are underway.
Dandenong Ranges National Park
Mechanics Track Partially Closed
- A section of Mechanics track from the Tourist rd. to Falls rd. near Olinda Falls Picnic Ground is closed due to significant damage from the June 2021 Storm.
Deer control worksParks 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 throughout May 2023. These control works are being undertaken by accredited and authorised contractors.For public safety reason, various areas of the park will be inaccessible during the evening throughout this period.Please observe the signage during this time and do not enter any closed areas.For further information please call 131963
Olinda Falls Picnic Area (Dandenong Ranges National Park)
Olinda Falls lower viewing platform and creek crossing closed
The Olinda Falls lower viewing platform and creek crossing is closed indefinitely due to severe damage from a fallen tree. All access to the lower falls is closed to the public.
Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park)
Access changes during Urban Parks Active Wellbeing Program upgrade worksWorks to upgrade facilities as part of the Urban Parks Active Wellbeing Program have started.During works access to park facilities including, pathways, picnic tables, barbeques and playground equipment may be limited or closed.For more information about these upgrades please visit the Parks Victoria Project Page, or contact the Parks Victoria team at email@example.com or call 13 1963.
Sherbrooke Picnic ground (Dandenong Ranges National Park)
Sherbrooke Picnic Ground Toilet ClosedThe toilet block is closed temporarily awaiting connection to the sewer, the nearby O'Donohues Picnic Ground toilet is open.