Holidays in Dandenong Ranges National Park

Dandenong Ranges National Park which includes rainforest
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Be dwarfed by the tall forests of the Dandenongs as you explore the walking trails, heritage railway and scenic roads that weave through this wilderness reserve.

Dandenong Ranges National Park encompasses more than 8,650 acres (3,500 hectares) of mountainous forests and shady gullies. Make your way through soaring stands of mountain ash trees and into shady valleys, where the broad fronds of tree ferns droop overhead. See Melbourne’s city skyline and the surrounding ranges from the peak of Mount Dandenong or explore the park’s five distinctive areas of native bushland.

Doongalla Forest sits beneath the wooded summit of Mount Dandenong. Drive to the mountain’s peak to visit SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, a restaurant and viewing platform that presents a panorama of Melbourne from the east. Ferntree Gully in the southwestern section of the park contains the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, a stirring memorial to Australian soldiers on the notorious Kokoda Track in World War II. Climb more than 700 steps to reach the summit of One Tree Hill and a small picnic ground.

To the north of the national park, explore the fern-filled gullies and ancient forests of the Mount Evelyn Recreation Reserve. Stroll by Olinda Creek or the flat-graded trail alongside the Mount Evelyn Aqueduct. Learn about a magnificent array of native and exotic trees in Olinda, which is situated on the eastern slopes of Mount Dandenong. Hike through a shady valley to cascading falls in Olinda Forest or visit the RJ Hamer Forest Arboretum nearby.

Take a ride on the historic Puffing Billy Railway, a scenic steam train that winds through the mountainous forests from Belgrave to Gembrook.

Pack picnic supplies and head to Sherbrooke Forest, where walking trails are interspersed with spacious picnic grounds and interpretive signage. Purchase birdseed from the kiosk and feed native cockatoos, or listen out for the call of the lyrebird and kookaburra.

Dandenong Ranges National Park is spread throughout Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, approximately 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the city centre. The ranges are interspersed with charming mountain villages and forest retreats, where you’ll find cafés, restaurants and accommodation. Visit the Parks Victoria Office within Ferntree Gully to purchase a bushwalking trail map. Many of the park’s picnic grounds have restrooms and informative signs. The park is free to visit at any time of the year.

665 Cheap Hotels Near Dandenong Ranges National Park

Lotus Lodges
Lotus Lodges
3 out of 5
1a Driffield Crescent, Sassafras, VIC, 3787
The price is AU$244 per night from 13 Sep. to 14 Sep.
Stay at this 3-star cabin in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and indoor private hot tubs. Our guests praise the convenient parking in their reviews. ...
3.6/5 Good! (11 reviews)
Serenity in the forest
"Beautiful serene area. All facilities were enough. Nice glass of fortified wine for a late night tipple. Sofa bed needs to be repaired before being used again. Lovely area to explore."

Reviewed on 24 May 2022

Lotus Lodges
Treetop Stay
Treetop Stay
4 out of 5
342 Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras, VIC, 3788
Stay at this 4-star holiday home in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"It could do with a clean inside. There is cobwebs in the house"

Reviewed on 5 Nov. 2019

Treetop Stay
Santosa Cottage
Santosa Cottage
3.5 out of 5
3a Lennox Grove, Sassafras, VIC, 3787
Stay at this 3.5-star cottage in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and on-site spa services. Popular attractions Colehurst Crescent Reserve and Olinda ...
Santosa Cottage
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top Dandenong Ranges National Park Hotel & Accommodation Deals

The Loft In The Mill Boutique Accommodation
The Loft In The Mill Boutique Accommodation
4 out of 5
1602 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, (corner of Tourist Rd & Harold St), Olinda, VIC, 3788
The price is AU$175 per night from 16 Aug. to 17 Aug.
The Loft In The Mill Boutique Accommodation
Treetop Stay
Treetop Stay
4 out of 5
342 Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras, VIC, 3788
Treetop Stay
Santosa Cottage
Santosa Cottage
3.5 out of 5
3a Lennox Grove, Sassafras, VIC, 3787
Santosa Cottage
Lotus Lodges
Lotus Lodges
3 out of 5
1a Driffield Crescent, Sassafras, VIC, 3787
The price is AU$244 per night from 13 Sep. to 14 Sep.
Lotus Lodges
Clarendon Cottages
Clarendon Cottages
4.5 out of 5
11 Clarkmont Road, Sassafras, VIC, 3787
The price is AU$182 per night from 17 Aug. to 18 Aug.
Clarendon Cottages
Clarendon's Dovecote Cottage - A cute & cosy private suite.
Clarendon's Dovecote Cottage - A cute & cosy private suite.
Sassafras, VIC
The price is AU$219 per night from 17 Aug. to 18 Aug.
Clarendon's Dovecote Cottage - A cute & cosy private suite.
A Cottage in the Forest
A Cottage in the Forest
3.5 out of 5
452 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda, VIC, 3788
A Cottage in the Forest
Rocky Creek Art Garden B&B
Rocky Creek Art Garden B&B
4 out of 5
2 Perrins Creek Road, Olinda, VIC, 3788
Rocky Creek Art Garden B&B
Lochiel Luxury Accommodation
Lochiel Luxury Accommodation
4 out of 5
1590 Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda, VIC, 3788
The price is AU$330 per night from 16 Aug. to 17 Aug.
Lochiel Luxury Accommodation
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.