Dandenong Ranges National Park

Dandenong Ranges National Park

The Dandenong Ranges National Park is located in Victoria’s Greater Melbourne region. It is an Australian national park. It covers 3,540 ha (8.700 acres). It is located between Ferntree Gully and Boronia (31kms/19 miles) and Silvan (45kms/28 miles). It is east of Melbourne City Centre.

The park also includes Ferntree Gully National Park, Sherbrooke forest, Doongalla Estate and Sherbrooke forest. It was created 13 December 1987. Olinda State Forest, Mt. Officially, the national park was expanded by the additions of Evelyn Reserve & Montrose Reserve.

This was the home of Woewurrong Aboriginals as well as Bunurong Aboriginals. Because it was a major timber source for Melbourne, the forest was destroyed. In the second half of the 20th century, the area was home to significant farming. Also, the “Puffing Bill” was a narrow-gauge railway that ran from Ferntree Gully to Gembrook in 1900. The 1870s saw tourism flourish. Fern Tree Gully was designated the first national park in 1882. Later, more areas were added. The current national park was established in 1987.

You can divide the Dandenong Ranges National Park into five sections

  • Doongalla Forest – This forest includes Mount Dandenong as well as the SkyHigh lookout that offers breathtaking views of Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.
  • Ferntree Gully is located in the southern-western section of Dandenong Ranges National Park. It is located between Boronia (to the west), Ferntree Gully to its south, and Upwey (to the east). Tremont and Sassafras can be found to the east. The Basin is located north. The Thousand Steps Trail leads to One Tree Hill. The 700-step steep trail, which covers 2.5km (1.6 mi), commemorates the Battle for the Kokoda track. This step is loved by both tourists and fitness enthusiasts. These steps are popular for improving your fitness. These steps were constructed in the 1960s for One Tree Hill climbing. According to the 1868 Tourist Guide, all parks were covered in dense forest vegetation. A survey found that 82% of park visitors use it for exercise on weekends. Picnics are very common in this park.
  • Mount Evelyn Forest can be found in the northernmost part of the park
  • Olinda Forest can be found on Mount Dandenong’s eastern slopes
  • Sherbrooke Forest

Parks are found in urban areas so wild animals cannot roam for long periods of time. In 2005, the entire Dandenong Ranges were banned from cat-landing. The number and variety Lyrebirds have increased tremendously since 2005.


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