A 32-room mansion was built here in 1892 and burned down 40 years later. You can still see the stone steps that formed a grand approach to the old house in the remains of the gardens.
Families will appreciate the well-equipped picnic areas - each with its own car park - while nature lovers will fall for the landscaped gardens and winding trails that quickly transport you into the calm tranquillity of towering rainforest and birdsong.
The relatively easy Stables Track Loop walk departs from the Doongalla Stables Picnic Area. Follow the Stables Track until you reach a T-intersection. Turn right and climb until you join the Camelia Track. Turn right again here and walk until you join the unsealed Doongalla Forest Road which will take you back to the Stables carpark. Tread carefully and you might spot a lyrebird dashing across the track ahead of you.
Another much more challenging walk offers fit hikers the promise of one of the most spectacular views from the Dandenongs. Take the Channel 10 Track from the top of the Doongalla Homestead carpark and then take the Zig Zag Track uphill to Burkes Lookout. At 611 metres high, you can enjoy uninterrupted views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay. Return down the Zig Zag Track and if you want to make a loop walk, turn right on the Channel 10 Track before making a left at Rankin Track and left onto Camelia Track.
A fantastic picnic area, ample parking, challenging and easy forest walks… remind you of anywhere? Doongalla Homestead is a peaceful alternative to the 1000 Steps Walk and Ferntree Gully Picnic Area, which get very crowded on weekends. Other picnic areas near Olinda include Valley Picnic Ground, Eagle Nest Picnic Ground and Olinda Falls Picnic Ground.
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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.
Eagle Nest Picnic Area (Dandenong Ranges National Park)
Eagle Nest Picnic Area closed for visitor safetyEagle 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 safetyOlinda Falls Picnic Area is closed until further notice due to recent severe weather damage.
Olinda Falls Toilets ClosedThe 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.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
The following areas are closed due to storm damage1,000 Steps - Kokoda Memorial Walk - until 2022Olinda Falls Picnic GroundEagles Nest Picnic GroundValley Picnic GroundWestern part Sherbrooke Forest internal tracks closed (including Sherbrooke Falls) - until 2022
New closing timePlease 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.