The 1000 Steps Walk is an institution for fitness enthusiasts across Melbourne. Making the 3km trek one of the most popular spots in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, but its steep terrain is not to be underestimated. But this suits many just fine who are often preparing to undertake the real "Kokoda Track".
Created in the early 1900s, the 1000 Steps Walk was originally made from the trunks of tree ferns laid along the wetter areas of the track to make the 290 metre ascent somewhat easier. These have been replaced by a combination of wooden steps and concrete section over time to ensure that the track can cater for users year-round in all weather.
The 1000 Steps follow a creek alignment up through the wet fern gully, walkers/runners will experience filtered sunlight through the Tree Ferns and Manna Gum as they make their way up, up up. There is always a range of native wildlife to enjoy along the way from birdlife to even the odd Lyrebird.
Once at the top you can take the Lyrebird Track, which makes a great return circuit, or continue on some 800m to One Tree Hill.