If you have time travel out to the Dandenongs and take the Puffing Billy steam train. Lovely craft shops, art galleries and cafe/restaurants. Different pace of life to the city.
I first heard of the William Ricketts Sanctuary on Mt Dandenong 16 years ago and this was my first opportunity to visit it and it was so worth that wait. The drive is an easy one from Melbourne and the mountain road twists and turns making it impossible for the driver to appreciate the beautiful scenery that the passengers are... More
This National Park is located almost right in Melbourne itself, probably only a 40-minute drive from the downtown. The park is located high in the Dandenong Ranges Mountains so its higher elevation offers a nice cool location for hiking and trekking. The park is beautifully maintained and well signed with plenty of interpretive information on the flora and fauna. For... More
My husband and I stayed in the Dandenongs, in Rawson, to be precise, in Rawson. My cousin runs/manages a place called Mountain Rivers Tourist Park - Rawson. It was really great, to find a place to 'get away' and although we were only there 2 nights, it had great veiws, from our small 'motel' unit. It was quiet, and one... More
If you like tall eucalypts, ferns galore and babbling streams then the Dandenongs are for you. The big advantage is that you can walk along the many trails or simply sit in one of the small villages and drink coffee and watch the people go by. On the track you may see a Lyrebird or a Wallaby. So much to... More
Well worth a drive into the ranges. Beautiful trees, gardens, and great walking trails. Lots of cyclists ride the roads for the climbs
We went there for the Puffing Billy. That was fun, though the scenery gets a bit repetitive after awhile. Just the half ride will do for half hour. The part we really liked was at the villages where we ate at Ms Marple's. What fantastic service and food! Too bad we had not time to go on walks from there.....
Situated just outside the outer limits of Melbourne, the Dandenongs as they're known locally are well worth a visit especially if you like trees and ferns. There are great views of Melbourne as you are up quite high. Accessible by car, walkers also like to explore the area. It's peaceful and the birdlife is pretty good too. I like Sassafras... More
Hint: don't look down on the drive up. It may have been quite cold, but the hot scones and hot chocolate we had on the way up certainly warmed our cockles. Wear sneakers and take a jacket and poncho. The flora you will come across is absolutely stunning!
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