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Dandenong Ranges Nature

The Dandenong Ranges region boasts some of the most beautiful nature gardens and forests in Victoria all nestled within a stunning natural landscape.

From large forested areas to lavender farms and from cherry blossoms to rhododendrons, there are beautiful gardens which can be enjoyed in all seasons.

Dandenong Ranges Nature, Walks & Hiking Trails, Wildlife & Photography




To see some of the most beautiful forested areas, head to the Dandenong Ranges National Park which boasts five main sections; Doongalla Forest, Ferntree Gully, Sherbrooke Forest, Olinda Forest and Mt Evelyn Forest. The Dandenong Ranges National Park boasts a number of picnic grounds and scenic spots for visitors to visit as well as a number of picturesque walks and hiking trails.

There are also a couple of waterfalls located in the Dandenong Ranges including the popular Olinda Falls. The falls is located within the Olinda Reserve, which can be accessed through Falls Road. The Olinda Falls boasts a viewing platform and various lookouts, from where you can see the stunning views of the surrounding landscape. The walk to Olinda Falls takes up to about 10 minutes.

For those looking for beautiful flowering plants at all times of the year, head to the National Rhododendron Gardens. This serene setting houses a variety of colourful blooms; including azaleas, cherry blossoms, camellias, rhododendrons and daffodils. The garden is great at any time of year, however becomes especially beautiful in September and October when most of the flowers are in bloom.

If you are looking for somewhere to take a relaxing stroll, try the RJ Hamer Aboretum. With a gorgeous backdrop of the Silvan Dam and the verdant forested areas of the Dandenong Ranges, the R.J Hamer Arboretum provides a breathtaking setting great for relaxing walks and picnics. The garden is known for its exotic plant varieties and stretches over 120 hectares.

Click the links below to explore the full range of nature spots you can enjoy in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges.



Puffing Billy

Puffing Billy

Belgrave, VIC

The Puffing Billy Railway is a historic steam train that starts at Belgrave and runs through the mountainous region of the Dandenong Ranges. This historic steam train takes its passengers through the renowned...

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Dandenong Ranges National Park

Belgrave, VIC

In response to advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, Parks Victoria has decided to close high visitation sites with a typical attendance of over 500 people. This includes the 1000 Steps, Ferntree Gully Picnic...

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1000 Steps

1000 Steps

Upper Ferntree Gully, VIC

Located within the Dandenong Ranges National Park, the 1000 Steps Kokoda Walk is a unique and renowned tourist spot in the Dandenong Ranges. The 1000 Steps boasts the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, a popular walking trail...

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National Rhododendron Gardens

National Rhododendron Gardens

Olinda, VIC

The National Rhododendron Gardens (formally known as The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden) is a popular destination located in the Dandenong Ranges. This serene setting houses a variety of colourful blooms; including...

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Sky High

Sky High

Mount Dandenong, VIC

The SkyHigh bistro is temporarily closed but the cafe is open for takeaway orders from 11:15am to 7:15pm daily. The upstairs function room is available for private hire from June onwards The Sky High Restaurant and...

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Sherbrooke Falls

Sherbrooke Falls

Sherbrooke, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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William Ricketts Sanctuary

William Ricketts Sanctuary

Mount Dandenong, VIC

The William Ricketts Sanctuary in the Dandenong Ranges is an amazing setting where you can relax and enjoy an array of activities. This peaceful refuge is set adjacent to the forest-clad hills of Mount Dandenong and on...

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Olinda Falls

Olinda Falls

Mount Dandenong, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Lysterfield Park

Lysterfield Park

Lysterfield, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Trees Adventure

Trees Adventure

Belgrave, VIC

The Trees Adventure High Ropes Park is an awesome setting for eco-adventure fun. Located in a stunning heritage garden of Belgrave, and next to Puffing Billy in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges, Trees Adventure is a...

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Cardinia Reservoir

Cardinia Reservoir

Narre Warren, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Sherbrooke Forest

Sherbrooke Forest

Sherbrooke, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Grants Picnic Ground

Grants Picnic Ground

Kallista, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Emerald, VIC

Emerald Lake Park has been closed to visitors from Friday 3 April 2020. Until that time, please note that you cannot use the playground, BBQs, picnic areas/tables or outdoor gym equipment. Paddle boats and the model...

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Bunyip State Park

Bunyip State Park

Gembrook, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

Sherbrooke, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Cardinia Reservoir Park

Cardinia Reservoir Park

Narre Warren, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Warratina Lavender Farm

Warratina Lavender Farm

Wandin North, VIC

Due to the social distancing restrictions surrounding COVID-19, the tearoom is currently only open for take-away drinks and light refreshments and all events have been postponed. The farm and shop are still open and we...

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Rj Hamer Arboretum

Rj Hamer Arboretum

Olinda, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Tim Neville Arboretum

Tim Neville Arboretum

Ferntree Gully, VIC

Community sport and recreation facilities pose risks for transmission among communities. As such; skate parks, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and outdoor recreational facilities are closed until further notice Located on...

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Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve

Ferntree Gully Quarry Reserve

Ferntree Gully, VIC

Community sport and recreation facilities pose risks for transmission among communities. As such; skate parks, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and outdoor recreational facilities are closed until further notice The Ferntree...

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Cloudehill Gardens

Cloudehill Gardens

Olinda, VIC

Cloudehill Gardens are a magnificent escape tucked away at the top of the majestic Dandenong Ranges and is a must-visit for both locals and visitors touring the region. The gardens are an all-seasons source of...

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Pirianda Gardens

Pirianda Gardens

Olinda, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Sherbrooke Picnic Ground

Sherbrooke Picnic Ground

Sherbrooke, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Kurth Kiln Regional Park

Kurth Kiln Regional Park

Gembrook, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all buildings are closed until further notice. Also, campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and...

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Silvan Reservoir Park

Silvan Reservoir Park

Silvan, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Birdsland Reserve

Birdsland Reserve

Belgrave Heights, VIC

In line with the latest COVID-19 restrictions, playgrounds, skateparks, outside gyms in public places and water play parks are closed until further notice Birdsland Reserve is an amazing getaway tucked away between...

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Australian Rainbow Trout Farm

Australian Rainbow Trout Farm

Macclesfield, VIC

The Australian Rainbow Trout Farm is rated as the number one attraction in Macclesfield, Victoria. Just one hour outside Melbourne, it’s easily accessible and a fun way to spend time with the family in the great...

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Belgrave Lake Park

Belgrave Lake Park

Belgrave, VIC

In line with government guidelines to reduce Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk, all playgrounds, skate parks, BBQs, picnic tables and picnic areas and outdoor gym equipment are closed until further notice Belgrave Lake Park...

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Kalorama Park

Kalorama Park

Kalorama, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk

Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk

Kallista, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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George Tindale Memorial Gardens

George Tindale Memorial Gardens

Sherbrooke, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Mount Dandenong Observatory

Mount Dandenong Observatory

Mount Dandenong, VIC

To get the most panoramic views of Mount Dandenong and its surroundings, visitors should head to the popular lookouts and the viewing points of the area. Much of the Mount Dandenong area is occupied by the Dandenong...

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Olinda Creek Walking Track

Olinda Creek Walking Track

Silvan, VIC

The Olinda Creek Walking Track is one of the popular attractions in the Dandenong Ranges and is a favourite for outdoor lovers. The walking track traverses the ground between the Silvan Reservoir Park and Mount Evelyn...

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Woolrich Lookout

Woolrich Lookout

Olinda, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Ferny Creek Reserve

Ferny Creek Reserve

Sassafras, VIC

In line with government guidelines to reduce Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk, all playgrounds, skate parks, BBQs, picnic tables and picnic areas and outdoor gym equipment are closed until further notice Ferny Creek Reserve...

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One Tree Hill

One Tree Hill

Tremont, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Doongalla Homestead

Doongalla Homestead

The Basin, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Aura Vale Lake Park

Aura Vale Lake Park

Selby, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Mount Dandenong Arboretum

Mount Dandenong Arboretum

Mount Dandenong, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Mt Dandenong Walks

Mt Dandenong Walks

Belgrave, VIC

Mt Dandenong boasts a number of scenic walking trails amid the beautiful mountainous landscape and the adjacent deciduous forest. Each of the Mt Dandenong walks is unique and offers you an exceptional experience with...

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Wright Forest

Wright Forest

Cockatoo, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Bungalook Conservation Reserve

Bungalook Conservation Reserve

Kilsyth South, VIC

As required by the Australian Government, as part of the planned response to reduce the spread of COVID-19, all Council playgrounds, skate parks and outside exercise equipment are closed until further notice The...

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Grey Gum Track Walk

Grey Gum Track Walk

Silvan, VIC

Grey Gum Track Walk is an easy walk that provides visitors with an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while visiting the Silvan Reservoir. The walking trail is short at just 2.4 kilometres (return) and has an easy grade...

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Johns Hill Reserve Lookout

Johns Hill Reserve Lookout

Kallista, VIC

In line with government guidelines to reduce Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk, all playgrounds, skate parks, BBQs, picnic tables and picnic areas and outdoor gym equipment are closed until further notice Johns Hill Reserve...

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Kays Picnic Ground

Kays Picnic Ground

Olinda, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Koolamara Water Reserve

Koolamara Water Reserve

Ferntree Gully, VIC

In line with government guidelines to reduce Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk, all playgrounds, skate parks, BBQs, picnic tables and picnic areas and outdoor gym equipment are closed until further notice Koolamara Water...

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Living Bush Nature Walk

Living Bush Nature Walk

Ferntree Gully, VIC

Living Bush Nature Walk is located in the scenic Ferntree Gully Area of Dandenong Ranges Park. This walk is an excellent choice for those who prefer a gentle track or for those walking with children. The walking track...

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O’donohue Picnic Ground

O’Donohue Picnic Ground

Sherbrooke, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Sweeneys Flat

Sweeneys Flat

Eltham, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Trig Point Lookout

Trig Point Lookout

Lysterfield South, VIC

As directed by the Chief Health Officer – all campgrounds, playgrounds, BBQ facilities, water drinking fountains, picnic shelters and tables, rotundas, toilets and viewing platforms are closed until further notice...

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Butterfield Conservation Reserve

Butterfield Conservation Reserve

Emerald, VIC

In line with government guidelines to reduce Coronavirus (COVID-19) risk, all playgrounds, skate parks, BBQs, picnic tables and picnic areas and outdoor gym equipment are closed until further notice The Butterfield...

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