Dandenong Ranges, Victoria

The Dandenong Ranges, on the very eastern edge of Melbourne, a popular day trip from the city and famous for the 1000 Steps walking track.

Ancient cool temperate rainforest, massive Eucalyptus trees, meandering creeks and small water falls. Tea Rooms galore and cosy pubs, world-class gardens and views to the sprawling city or out to the Yarra Valley and Mountains. Miles of walking and horse riding trails. What more can anyone want?


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Home to one of Billy Connelly’s favourite places during his tour of Australia, the Willliam Ricketts Sanctuary, just a few minutes drive from our home at Mt Dandenong.

Lyrebirds call the hills home, their melodies can be heard throughout the forest as they mimic other sounds such as a chainsaw, a camera shutter noise or the iconic steam train, Puffing Billy.
A Photographic Journey through the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria ~ showcasing the superb region we live in and call home. These images extend down the Mountain and into the Yarra Valley, a region acclaimed for wineries.

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The Dandenong Ranges, Cool Temperate Rainforest, Victoria.

The Dandenong Ranges (‘The Dandenongs’) a low mountain range, 633 metres high at Mount Dandenong, about an hours drive, 47km east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The Dandenongs consists of rolling hills, deep valleys and gullies covered in dense cool temperate rainforest, predominantly of tall Mountain Ash trees, Tree Ferns and undergrowth.

William Ricketts Sanctuary, Mt Dandenong Victoria

“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.”

Dandenong Ranges Map

Getting to the Dandenong Ranges

It is possible to visit the Dandenong Ranges in a day trip without a car by travelling via train to with Upper Ferntree Gully Station or Croydon Station and then catching a connecting bus up and over the Dandenong Ranges (not to be confused with the city of Dandenong, which is not in this area). A trip to one of the train stations mentioned, then a bus across the Dandenongs to the other train station is ideal, stopping off at villages along the way. Ask at a train station in the city for time tables and more information. A Myki public transport pass for zones 1,2 &3 will be needed.

Collect a map of the Dandenongs from tourist information centres in the city.

Explore The Dandenongs – Walking trails, accommodation, eating out and activities.