Just an hour from Melbourne
, you'll find some of Victoria
's most enchanting forests and magnificent scenery. So, come and stay in one of our Dandenong Ranges hotels and check it out for yourself!
The Dandenong Ranges were originally inhabited by Aboriginal tribes because the area was teeming with wildlife, making it perfect for hunting. However, the furry little creatures here are now protected, thanks to the region being declared national parkland all the way back in 1867, after European settlers arrived in the 1850s. Nowadays, the mountain ranges are in pristine condition, with a myriad of native flora and fauna to see plus heaps of quaint little shops, cafes and galleries to pop into.
Things to Do
The ultimate activity around here is walking through the Dandenong Ranges National Park. You'll be awe-struck by the tall Mountain Ash trees and beautiful fern gullies that abound here. One of the most popular bushwalking tracks is through the well-renowned Sherbrooke Forest, so strap on your hiking books and start trotting!
If you're looking for a more challenging tramp, the Kokoda Memorial Walk is an unforgettable experience. As you walk along the rugged track, you'll get a taste for what it must have been like for World War II soldiers on the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. Your legs will ache, your skin will sweat and you'll find the entire experience absolutely rewarding. Towards the end of the trail, you'll come across the Thousand Steps, so conquer them like a boss and then chill out at the picnic ground on One Tree Hill. Yes that's really its name and no there isn't just one tree here. There are actually plenty of big shady trees to relax under and maybe take a nap after your epic walk.
Still got some energy left? How about climbing to the top of Mt Dandenong
to take in the views? Alternatively, you can wander through the National Rhododendron Gardens, past the Doongalla Homestead and through William Ricketts Sanctuary, which displays beautiful ceramic sculptures in a wonderfully natural setting.
Shopping and Dining
Throughout the Dandenong Ranges, you'll come across charming little artistic villages like Olinda and Sassafras, where you can browse galleries and boutique souvenir stores before popping into an old-fashioned cafe, pub or restaurant. The specialty in these hills is Devonshire Tea, so don't leave before trying some!
Getting Here and Around
The Dandenong Ranges are just an hour away from the Melbourne Airport
, so grab one of these cheap flights to Melbourne
and then hire a car or catch a train or coach bus to the mountains. And while you're here, make sure that you take at least one trip on the historic Puffing Billy. The ride is really scenic and the cute little engine will have you feeling all nostalgic.
Hurry! Book your Dandenong Ranges accommodation with us now and live every lastminute!