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Dandenong Ranges

The Dandenong Ranges are the perfect escape
from city life.

Surrounded by towering ash trees, lush green foliage that bursts into colour during the spring, there’s fresh air and so much to explore here.

Wander through the national parks and gardens, from the blooms of the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden to the dense forests in the Dandenong Ranges National Park. You don’t need to be an avid birdwatcher or bushwalker to appreciate the sounds and sights of this region.

Explore magical places like Sherbrooke Forest, Doongalla Homestead and One Tree Hill or feel like you’ve wandered into a fairytale wonderland as you discover the mystical sculptures tucked among ferns in the William Ricketts Sanctuary.

Feeling active? Tie up your trainers and take on the Thousand Steps and the Kokoda Walk. Afterwards, reward yourself with a sweet treat or hearty meal at any one of the local cafes, bakeries and restaurants located within the nearby villages.

The Dandenong Ranges is a haven of hidden delights with scenic winding roads to quaint hilltop villages. There is an abundance of artist studios, boutique shops and quaint gardens to explore as well as walking and cycling trails through mountain ash forests and clean, refreshing air.