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Dandenong Ranges
Travel Guide – Victoria

Dandenong Ranges Weekend Getaway

The Dandenong Ranges are a series of mountain ranges that are located in the southern end of Victoria. Situated just 35 kilometres east of Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges are a convenient travel location for people in the city.

While the Dandenong Ranges are near one of the largest cities in Australia, you will have many opportunities to enjoy a mysterious adventure through one of Victoria’s rugged wilderness areas. You will be awed by dense forests, steep mountain trails, and lush green valleys. The forests of the Dandenong Ranges are temperate, so you will encounter ferns and other leafy plants. During your adventures across the ranges, you may be amazed by seemingly countless hues of green. The highest point of the Dandenong Ranges is the peak of Mount Dandenong. At an elevation of 633 metres, Mount Dandenong will offer you stellar views of the areas that surround the ranges..

Things to see and do in the Dandenong Ranges

Launch your grand adventure by exploring the beautiful Dandenong Ranges National Park. Dandenong Ranges National Park offers stunning views of forests that blanket the slopes of tall mountains. During your adventures in the park, admire the massive mountain ash trees. These beautiful giants with ivory bark tower over their surroundings. You will be amazed by the magnificence of these trees while you enjoy a relaxing picnic in the forest.

When you trek across the lovely wilderness, you will notice that the Dandenong Ranges harbour many beautiful creatures. Thousands of avian enthusiasts visit the ranges each year to see the diverse communities of birds. You will be filled with joy when you encounter colourful birds like crimson rosellas and lyrebirds.

Dandenong Ranges National Park – Dandenong Ranges, Victoria

A walk through the tracks in Dandenong Ranges National Park.

After you have enjoyed some of the first impressions of Dandenong Ranges National Park, enjoy a gentle 1.2-kilometre walk by following the Sherbrooke Falls Trail. This path will take you on a peaceful stroll through a forest of ash and sassafras trees. Enjoy the music of birds and babbling brooks. When you finally reach your destination, you will be rewarded with an amazing view of a massive waterfall.

For a reflective adventure, enjoy the Kokoda Memorial Walk. The Kokoda Memorial Walk, or 1,000 Steps, is a series of steps that guides you to a memorial. The memorial honours the Australian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the Kokoda campaign of World War II. As you climb to the Kokoda Memorial, you will have many opportunities to enjoy the simple things in life. Appreciate the clean mountain air as you walk through gullies of green ferns.

Climate conditions

Throughout most of the year, the weather in the area is mild and wet.  The Dandenong Ranges receive approximately 1,200 millimetres of annual rainfall. Precipitation is expected on 184 days of the year.