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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.

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

Bushwalking is a favourite past-time for many outdoor enthusiasts and Wright Forest, a bushland reserve located in Cockatoo, is the perfect place to explore the outdoors. The 400-acre forest is home to many different...

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Bungalook Conservation Reserve

Bungalook Conservation Reserve

Kilsyth South, VIC

The Bungalook Conservation Reserve is a park area tucked away on Tereddan Drive in Kilsyth South and is home to the endangered species that is the Kilsyth South Spider Orchid. The reserve covers a total land area of 35...

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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

Johns Hill Reserve Lookout is a viewpoint located in Kallista which gives visitors panoramic views of the Dandenong Ranges, Yarra Valley and the Kinglake National Park. Johns Hill Reserve Lookout, Trig Point, Picnic...

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Kays Picnic Ground

Kays Picnic Ground

Olinda, VIC

Kays Picnic Ground is a wonderful recreational space tucked away in the scenic Dandenong Ranges. One of the most distinct things about these grounds is that they are teeming with diverse flora and fauna for an...

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Koolamara Water Reserve

Koolamara Water Reserve

Ferntree Gully, VIC

Koolamara Water Reserve is a natural sanctuary and home to diverse flora and fauna that makes it a top attraction in the Dandenong Ranges region. The water reserve is best known for its walking track in Ferntree Gully...

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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

O’Donohue Picnic Ground is a hidden gem tucked away in the beautiful Sherbrooke Forest, right in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. With a number of picnic tables and walking tracks located around the picnic...

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Trig Point Lookout

Trig Point Lookout

Lysterfield South, VIC

Trig Point Lookout is located in Lysterfield Park and provides excellent views of the surrounding region including Mount Macedon, You Yangs, Arthur’s Seat and Western Port Bay. As the highest point in the park...

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Butterfield Conservation Reserve

Butterfield Conservation Reserve

Emerald, VIC

The Butterfield Conservation Reserve, a notable attraction in the Dandenong Ranges, is located close to Woori Yallock Creek on Emerald – Monbulk Road. The Butterfield Conservation Reserve plays a fundamental role...

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