Leave the city noise behind and take a relaxing walk through forests of towering mountain ash in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, just an hour's drive from Melbourne's CBD. Discover lush fern gullies, waterfalls and native wildlife all around.
Delve deeper into the national park on longer walking trail such as the Dandenong Ranges Tourist Track, the Olinda Creek Walking Track, or the Living Bush Nature Walk. Take in panoramic views of the Melbourne skyline, see wallabies and echidnas in their native habitat, and explore the changing landscapes of the park.
Cycling and horse riding is also permitted on many of park's nature trails. Check the local information before setting off.
Calling all twitchers
Bring your binoculars and explore the abundant birdlife in the Dandenong Ranges. Wander through the pristine forest environment and spot kookaburras, crimson rosellas, and even the superb lyrebird on your travels.
Picnic spots abound
Bring the kids for a picture-perfect picnic in the forest. Picnic grounds are located at Sherbrooke, Olinda and One Tree Hill. Walk off a big lunch by exploring one of the walking tracks that begin at the picnic grounds.
Weather and travel conditions can change quickly, so it important to always check the local conditions on the Parks Victoria website before you visit.
Content: Tourism Victoria