Ferntree Gully covers the south western area of Dandenong Ranges National Park, from Upper Ferntree Gully in the south to The Basin in the north.
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Ferntree Gully covers the south western area of Dandenong Ranges National Park, from Upper Ferntree Gully in the south to The Basin in the north. The oldest area of the National Park, Ferntree Gully offers a diverse range of activities including walking, bike riding, picnicking, nature observation and car touring. It even boasts a playground and cafe.
A network of walking tracks gives access to most parts of the park where you can spend anything from an hour or a day discovering the forest.
Ramblers Track Loop Walk
1.5km - 45min return. Grade: Medium
Leaving from the Childrens playground, follow Ramblers Track up the hill. Turning left, where the track connects with the lower section of the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, will take you back to the picnic ground.
This short walk is ideal to experience the lush fern gullies of the Ferntree Gully Creek. The area is home to both the Rough and Smooth tree ferns which suit these damp conditions, with the rough tree fern easily identified by the rough stems on its fronds. Crimson Rosellas and possums favour the newly forming fern fronds as a food source.
Living Bush Nature Walk
2.5km – 1.5 hrs return. Grade: Medium
This walk starts at the Acacia Picnic Ground, across the bridge from the childrens playground and enables you to experience beautiful native bushland, including spectacular fern gullies and tall eucalypt trees.
Kokoda Track Memorial Walk (incorporating 1000 Steps)
3km – 1.5 hr return. Grade: Steep (reasonable fitness required)
Created in the early 1900s the 1000 Steps Walk was originally made from the trunks of tree ferns laid along the wetter areas of the track to make the climb a little easier. These were replaced by wooden palings before the more permanent concrete steps were installed in 1950.
Lyrebird Loop Walk
4km - 2 hrs return. Grade: Steep (reasonable fitness required)
Lyrebird Track is a steep climb up to the One Tree Hill Picnic area. From there continue down Ramu Avenue, turning left into Link Track and then right, back down Lyrebird Track to the picnic ground.
Belview Loop Walk
4.5km - 2.5 hrs return. Grade: Steep (reasonable fitness required)
Start at Lyrebird Track which is a steep climb to Link track. Follow Link track to Belview Terrace. Turning left continue to the bottom of the track and turn left into School Track. This will bring you back to the picnic ground near where you started the walk.
The Ferntree Gully picnic area is best known as the start of the 1000 steps/Kokoda Track Memorial Walk. This picnic area is built on the side of a hill and has limited accessibility.
Next to the middle toilet block is a 6 metre wide designated disabled parking bay.
There is a picnic and barbecue area directly in front of it with the square accessible picnic tables. The barbecue has a working height of 900 millimetres.
At the top of the carpark area, next to the Memorial Track entrance are two more designated disabled parking spaces. These spaces are 6 metres wide. There are no accessible toilet facilities at this end of the park. The main trail has a gradient of 1 in 10 once through the entrance.
There is a playground but the entrance requires the negotiation of a single 150 millimetre step. The playground has no inclusive play features.
There is one accessible picnic table but it also requires the negotiation of a single 150 millimetre step.