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Dandenong Ranges - Cities, Towns and Localities
Other towns, villages and localities in the Dandenong Ranges include:
• Belgrave • Clematis • Emerald • Ferntree Gully • Ferny Creek • Kallista • Kalorama • Kilsyth • Menzies Creek • Monbulk
• Montrose • Mount Dandenong • Olinda • Sassafras • Selby • Tecoma • The Patch • Upper Ferntree Gully • Upwey
Known locally as ‘the Dandenongs’, the Dandenong Ranges are one of Victoria’s popular tourist destinations. Located to the south-east of Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges comprises a set of low mountain ranges, encompasses mainly rolling hills, a series of ridges, gullies and valleys, and numerous streams that originate in the Dandenongs.

The tallest summit in the Dandenongs is Mount Dandenong at 633 m, followed by Mount Corhanwarrabul (628m) and Ferny Creek Summit (561 m). There are a number of hills with One Tree Hill at 502 m being the tallest.

The ranges were popular with day trippers from as far back as the late 1800s, with much of the Dandenongs being protected by parklands. By 1987 these parklands were merged to form the Dandenong Ranges National Park, with additional land being added in 1997. There are five sections to the national park — Doongalla Forest, Ferntree Gully, Sherbrooke Forest, Olinda Forest, Mount Evelyn Forest.

Doongalla Forest contains Mount Dandenong, as well as the SkyHigh Lookout that offers panoramic views across Melbourne’s eastern region. Ferntree Gully is home to the Thousands Steps Trail that leads to One Tree Hill. A renowned tourist trail and popular with the fitness enthusiasts, the trails is very steep and commemorates the battle for the Kokoda Track.

The region offers a range of wonderful experiences that take in the colourful seasonal changes from spring, summer, autumn and winter. As well as the many breathtaking views, there are numerous shops from the typical bric-a-brac, antiques, galleries, cafes and restaurants, as well as numerous wineries that stretch from the Dandenong to the Yarra Valley.

Check out our range of listed Dandenong Ranges accommodation and Melbourne accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Dandenong Ranges and Knox Visitor Information Centre
1211 Burwood Highway
Ph: 03 9758 7522
Freecall: 1800 645 505 (within Australia)

The Victoria Tourism Information Centre - Melbourne

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Dandenong Ranges Attractions

Puffing Billy
• Contact: see the website for details
Puffing Billy is Australia’s favourite steam train. It runs on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the scenic Dandenong Ranges, just 40 km east of Melbourne, Victoria.
SkyHigh Mount Dandenong
• 26 Observatory Rd, MOUNT DANDENONG VIC • Ph: +61 3 9751 0443 • Email
• Open 7 days a week including public holidays
One of Victoria’s Premier Tourist Destinations - Less than 1 hour from the Melbourne CBD you can be SkyHigh – on the uppermost reach of the Dandenong Ranges, amid cool fern glades and lush towering native forest, looking at the big picture, from the Mornington Peninsula across the majestic sweep of Port Phillip Bay, surrounded by Melbourne’s growing urban fringes, to the You Yangs on the southern horizon. After sunset the southern sky, brilliant in the clear mountain night, is imitated by a spectacular carpet of city lights. This historic area affords a unique overview of Greater Melbourne

SkyHigh has something for the whole family including, an exquisite English garden, Adventurous SkyHigh Maze (constructed from native flora) and links to trail walks in the Dandenong Ranges National Park. If you really want to see Melbourne from above, there are viewing platforms with stunning views that sweep across Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay , to the You Yangs on the Southern horizon. There is a world-class function centre and a contemporary café/family bistro, great for weekend breakfasts.
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Dandenong Ranges Events

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The Dandenong Market
• Cnr Clow and Cleeland Sts, DANDENONG VIC 3175 • Ph: 03 9701 3850 • Email
• Open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
With over 200 stalls and 600 parking spaces, there is a great range of stalls selling clothing, giftware, shoes, toys, cards, jewellery, plants, fabrics and prints, caters for all your needs plus with over 17 fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, two fish mongers, a halal butcher, a poultry shop and a deli, you have everything you need in the one place. Shoppers will also find cheese stalls, nuts and dried fruits, confectionary and dry grocery goods.
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Dandenong Ranges Distance

Distance to Dandenong
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Dandenong:
Bacchus Marsh  
Phillip Island  
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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