The Dandenong Ranges Australia

Escape from the bustle of busy city life into the Dandenong Ranges, where you’ll be surrounded by towering forest and eclectic villages. The Dandenong Ranges Australia lie 30 km (18 miles) directly east of Melbourne. Rolling hills and deep valleys, covered in beautiful temperate rainforest make up this beautiful region. The Dandenong Ranges Australia are perfect for bushwalking and cycling, with its extensive network of trails. Explore the beautiful gardens, lush forests and markets. Check out top attractions including Puffing Billy and the Kokoda Memorial Walk.

Puffing Billy is a narrow gauge heritage steam train running between Belgrave and Gembrook. The original line was built in 1899, as one of four experimental lines to develop rural areas. There are a number of services daily, except on Christmas Day. Tickets are available at Belgrave station.

The Kokoda Memorial Walk is a unique attraction. It is situated in the Dandenong Ranges National Park. Also known as the 1000-Steps, it is a climb designed to give the walker just a hint of the hardships endured by the Australian soldiers following the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea during World War Two. Located off Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road, North East of Upper Ferntree Gully, it is a 5km or 3 mile, steep, 5-hour long climb up to One Tree Hill Picnic ground. Note that this walk/climb is not recommended for those with any medical condition that affects physical activity and exertion.

The Yarra Valley

This is Victoria’s oldest wine-growing region. There are over 80 vineyards set in the rolling hills. The main towns in the region are Lilydale, Coldstream, Healesville and Yarra Glen. Many of the wineries offer cellar door wine sales. Some offer additional facilities such as restaurants, cafes, picnic facilities and/or accommodation. The valley is a popular day-trip destination for both locals and visitors. People come here to enjoy the natural scenery and agricultural landscapes.  There are bush-walking trails, markets and galleries. Healesville Sanctuary, well-known for its kangaroos and platypus, is located at Badger Creek, just south of Healesville. There is so much to see.