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Dandenong Ranges National Park

Sulphur-crested cockatoo
from Hamid Ashouri
Mt Dandenong 633 metres above sea level
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Silvan Reservoir Park from Kalaroma Park Picn
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Kookaburra in Olinda Falls Dandenong Ranges N
from Jarek
Land crayfish on Ridge Track
from Paul Cally
Planned burning in the Dandenong Ranges Natio
from Parks Victoria
Kokoda memorial statue
from Parks Victoria
Ferntree Gully Education Centre building
from Parks Victoria
Magnificant Trees in DRNP
from Parks Victoria
Autumn funghi at 1000 steps
from Parks Victoria
Yellow Robin at 1000 steps
from Parks Victoria
Mossy trunk along the 1000 steps
from Parks Victoria
Lyrebird Track Apr15
from Parks Victoria
Young Rosella
from Jessica Campbell
Olinda Falls
from Jessica Campbell
Kalorama Park Lookout
from Jessica Campbell
Planned burning in the Dandenong Ranges Natio
from Parks Victoria
Planned Burning in the Dandenong Ranges Natio
from Parks Victoria
Autumn leaves on a pond, Alfred Nicholas Memo
from Phil Skeggs
from Saskia
Sherbrooke - Dandenong Ranges
Olinda Falls
from Geoff Gill
Olinda Falls
from Geoff Gill
Sherbrooke Forest
from Jared
Zoothera lunulata
from Wayne
from Wayne
Georges Track
from Wayne
Vally picnic ground
from Wayne
from Wayne
Cascade Track
from Wayne
from Wayne
from Wayne
from Wayne
Kokoda display
from Parks Victoria
Ferntree Gully Education Centre - Ferntree Gu
from Parks Victoria

Change of conditions

Add change of condition
  • The toilets at One Tree Hill Picnic Ground are closed for repairs until further notice. at One Tree Hill Picnic Ground, Monday 26 February, 2018
  • A small section of the Sassafras Creek walking track is closed due to a damaged timber walkway at Beagleys Bridge Picnic Area. at Dandenong Ranges National Park, Thursday 13 April, 2017
  • Tree Fern Walk bridge and track in Sherbrooke Forest will be closed until further notice due to tree damage. at Sherbrooke - Sherbrooke Picnic Ground, Wednesday 29 March, 2017

Park Statistics

  • Established:March 1882
  • Area:3540ha
Bird watching
Camp fires
Horse riding
Medium walk / Day walk
Short walk

Protecting the tall forests of the Dandenongs, this park is well known for its spectacular Mountain Ash trees and lush fern gullies, and is ideal for relaxing picnics and tranquil forest walks.

The cool mountain elevation affords spectacular panoramic views. There is abundant native birdlife, including crimson rosellas, kookaburras and the superb lyrebird.

Explore the forest on a range of walks, or enjoy a picnic at the Fern Tree Gully Picnic Ground, One Tree Hill or in Sherbrooke Forest.

Nearby coffee shops, restaurants, craft and antique shops, as well as gardens and the historic Puffing Billy train make for a pleasant day out. The park can be reached by public transport from Melbourne.

Picnic ground opening times

Opening times apply to vehicle traffic for the following picnic grounds:

Doongalla Picnic Ground
Daylight savings (AEDT): gates open 9am to 6pm daily.
Non-daylight savings (AEST): gates open 9am to 3:30pm daily.

Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground (including 1000 Steps)
Automatic gate in operation. Open 6am to 9pm daily.  

One Tree Hill Picnic Ground
Automatic gate in operation. Open 7:30am to 9pm daily.

Valley and Eagles Nest picnic grounds
Daylight savings (AEDT): gates open 9am to 6pm daily.
Non-daylight savings (AEST): gates open 9am to 4pm daily.

Aboriginal Traditional Owners

Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria

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