1000 Steps

1000 steps

Image by Neil Fahey from Bushwalking Blog

Located within the Dandenong Ranges National Park, the 1000 steps Kokoda Walk is a unique and renowned tourist spot at Mt Dandenong.

The 1000 steps boasts the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, a popular walking trail of this area. Nicely maintained by the rangers, the Kokoda Track is a beautiful walking track with adjacent forested areas, bushlands and various scenic points.

1000 Steps Kokoda Walk, Mt Dandenong

As the name suggests, the 1000 steps includes 1000 stony and deep steps that lead to the popular One Tree Hill. To finish both the track and the steps, you may find that you are walking for up to several hours.

The 1000 steps trail begins at the Ferntree Gully point near the ranger’s office and finishes at the picnic ground of One Tree Hill. Guests can also have some family fun and picnic at this picturesque picnic ground.

While visiting the steps, you will get a glimpse of the physical effort taken by the Australian soldiers during 1942. Those with an enthusiasm to complete the trail can sit down and take a rest under the trees of the Ferntree Gully forest.

Apart from the life-changing experience of the trail, you can also enjoy the area’s scenic spots, beautiful parklands and numerous view points.

1000 Steps Information

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Burwood Highway and Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Upper Ferntree Gully
Phone: 131 963
Email: info@parks.vic.gov.au
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  • Really, really want to go there in a few months. After your review even more. Would you consider the trip dangerous by the way? Or is it like very easy..

    • Hi Simone,

      The trip itself isn’t too strenuous, it isn’t like climbing stairs in a building. You can go at your own pace and rest on the way up.

      I have known people with very little fitness do it multiple times, so I am sure you’ll be fine.

      Just to note: the car park gets busy on weekends, so try get there early to get a park.


    • Hi Simone, it is not strenuous at all. I’m not fit and I managed to get to the top. I’ve also seen mums with baby’s on their back climbing the steps. It may not be challenging enough for the really fit ones. It is only slippery when it’s wet. They’ve made a 2nd set of steps that are easier for getting down.

  • Can you take dogs on this walk?

  • this place looks amazing!! I am going there soon and am so excited!! it doesn’t look to strenuous.

  • Hi there,

    Are you allowed to take dogs up the steps?


  • Hi was just wondering the exact address for the 1000 steps

    • Hi Amanda,

      There doesn’t appear to be a numerical address, but it is on the corner of Burwood Highway and Mt Dandenong Tourist Road in Upper Ferntree Gully.

      Please have a look at this zoomed in map to see where the car park entrance is, as opposed to where the steps begin: https://goo.gl/maps/nYPUH


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