Known locally as ‘the Dandenongs’, the Dandenong Ranges are one of Victoria’s
popular tourist destinations. Located to the south-east of
Dandenong Ranges comprises a set of low mountain ranges, encompasses mainly
rolling hills, a series of ridges, gullies and valleys, and numerous
streams that originate in the Dandenongs.
The tallest summit in the Dandenongs
is Mount Dandenong at 633 m, followed by Mount Corhanwarrabul (628m) and Ferny
Creek Summit (561 m). There are a number of hills with One Tree Hill at 502 m
being the tallest.
The ranges were popular with day trippers from as far back as the late 1800s,
with much of the Dandenongs being protected by parklands. By 1987 these
parklands were merged to form the Dandenong Ranges National Park, with
additional land being added in 1997. There are five sections to the national
park — Doongalla Forest, Ferntree Gully, Sherbrooke Forest, Olinda Forest, Mount
Doongalla Forest contains Mount Dandenong, as well as the SkyHigh Lookout
that offers panoramic views across Melbourne’s eastern region. Ferntree Gully is
home to the Thousands Steps Trail that leads to One Tree Hill. A renowned
tourist trail and popular with the fitness enthusiasts, the trails is very steep
and commemorates the battle for the Kokoda Track.
The region offers a range of wonderful experiences that take in the colourful
seasonal changes from spring, summer, autumn and winter. As well as the many
breathtaking views, there are numerous shops from the typical bric-a-brac,
antiques, galleries, cafes and restaurants, as well as numerous wineries that
stretch from the Dandenong to the Yarra Valley.
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tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information.