Dandenong Ranges National Park

Dandenong Ranges National Park

The Dandenong Ranges National Park, located in Victoria’s Greater Melbourne region, is an Australian national park. The national park covers 3,540 hectares (8,700 acres) and is located between 31 kilometres (19 miles) at its westernmost points at Ferntree Gully, Boronia, and 45 kilometres (28 miles) at its easternmost point at Silvan. It is east of Melbourne City Centre.

The park, which combines the Ferntree Gully National Park with Sherbrooke Forest, Doongalla Estate, and Sherbrooke Forest, was declared on 13 December 1987. Olinda State Forest and Mt. The national park was officially expanded with the addition of Evelyn Reserve and Montrose Reserve.

This area was once inhabited originally by Woewurrong and Bunurong Aboriginal people. The forest was cleared mainly because it became a major source of timber for Melbourne. The area saw the rise of farming in the latter part of the last century. In 1900, the narrow-gauge ‘Puffing Bill’ line ran from Ferntree Gully into Gembrook. Tourism flourished in the 1870s. In 1882, the first park was established in Fern Tree Gully. Other areas were added later. In 1987, the current national park was created.

The Dandenong Ranges National Park can be divided into five sections

  • Doongalla Forest: This forest contains Mount Dandenong and the SkyHigh lookout, which offers panoramic views of Melbourne’s east.
  • Ferntree Gully is the southern section of Dandenong Ranges National Park’s south-western section. It lies between Boronia and Ferntree Gully to the west and Upwey to south. Tremont and Sassafras are to the east, and The Basin to north. One Tree Hill is reached via the Thousand Steps Trail. This very steep trail, which includes 700 steps and stretches over 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles), commemorates the Battle for the Kokoda track. These steps are popular with both fitness and sightseers. To promote team fitness, a number of Melbourne Australian Rules Football League and Association teams will run their players up the steps during the AFL preseason. The steps were built in the early 1860s, when they were the only way to access the One Tree Hill Summit. According to an 1868 Tourist Guide, all other areas had thick forest vegetation. According to a survey, 82% of park visitors use the park on weekends for exercise-related walking. Picnics are also very popular at this park.
  • Mount Evelyn Forest is located in the northernmost section of the park
  • Olinda Forest is located on the eastern slopes Mount Dandenong
  • Sherbrooke Forest

The park is in an urban area and has had problems with roaming wild animals for a long time. The entire Dandenong Ranges region was subject to a cat curfew that was implemented in 2005. Since then, the number and variety of lyrebirds has increased dramatically.


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