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Dandenong Ranges National Park

North
Visitor Guide

The north of Dandenong Ranges National Park covers Doongalla and Olinda sections. The Doongalla
precinct spans the north-western corner and is a popular area for walks and picnics. Here you will find
the historic site of the former Doongalla Homestead which was established in the 1890s. The area
between Olinda, Kalorama and Silvan Reservoir, once formed part of the Olinda State Forest Reserve.
One of the newer sections of the national park, Olinda boasts relatively undisturbed native habitat.

Opening hours
Eagle Nest Walk – 3.0km, 1hr circuit
Da ndenong Ranges National Pa rk is open every da y, including
weekends and public holidays. Thi s easy to moderate walk mostly follows wide gentle tracks.
The Ea gle Nest and Valley picnic grounds close a t 6.00pm during Sta rti ng at Valley Pi cnic Ground, proceed on Boundary Track that
Da yl ight Saving a nd at 4.00pm at other times of the year. The s l opes downhill. Turn right on to Eagle Nest Road which will take
Doongalla Homestead Site a nd Stables picnic ground opens at you to Ea gle Nest Picnic Ground. Cross the wooden bridge a nd
9.00a m each day. It cl oses at 6.00pm during Daylight Saving a nd at fol low Hermons Track to Georges Track. Turn l eft for a short walk
4.00pm a t other times of the year. a nd follow Georges Tra ck via Boundary Tra ck back to Valley Picnic
Ground.
Getting there
The Na tional Pa rk is l ocated about 40km east of Melbourne. From Valley Walk – 6.5km, 3.5hrs circuit
the ci ty ta ke the Eastern Fwy (M3) and exit onto Boronia Rd.
Conti nue as Boronia Rd merges into Forest Rd, then turn ri ght i nto Thi s l onger walk is steep and rocky i n sections. Suitable only for
prepared a nd experienced walkers.
Ba sin Olinda Rd and follow it all the way to Olinda. To get to
Doongalla, turn left from Basin Olinda Rd i nto Sheffield Rd a nd ri ght Proceed as for Eagle Nest Walk but a fter following Hermons Track to
a ga in into Doongalla Rd. Georges Track, turn right and follow Georges Track to Barges Road.
Turn l eft a nd follow Barges Road to Predator Track. Continue to turn
Al ternatively, for a s cenic toute, enter the park at Ferntree Gully and
ta ke the windy Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd to the top. l eft, proceeding to Mathias Road, left into Yallambee Way a nd left
to return back to Valley Picnic Ground.
Things to see and do
Stables Track Loop – 1.9km, 45 minutes circuit
Walking
There are several walking tracks within this precinct that cater for a From the Stables parking area, walk across the picnic ground to find
ra nge of abilities. Most start from the picnic areas, allowing you to the beginning of Stables Track. Follow this tra ck until you get to a T
expl ore the different areas of the park. Don’t forget to keep a n eye i ntercection, then turn ri ght. There is a short steep climb uphill on
out for the many birds and animals that call the park their home. thi s track until it joins Ca melia Track. Turn ri ght a nd continue along
Ca melia track until it reaches the unsealed Doongalla Forest Rd
Olinda Falls – 1.2km, 30 minutes circuit where you then walk back down to the car park a nd picnic a rea.

Sta rti ng at the Olinda Falls Picnic Ground follow the Falls Tra ck. After Channel 10 Track/ Camelia Loop – 3.6km, 1.5 hour
300m, you wi ll come to the top vi ewing platform across Olinda circuit
Creek a s the s teady fl ow of water cascades over the rocks. A further Thi s l onger, more challenging walk ta kes you to areas abundant with
140 metres leads to the lower vi ewing platform and a small bridge wi l dlife, so don’t forget to look around you.
over the creek. Cha nnel 10 Tra ck starts a t the top of the Doongalla Homestead car
Retra ce your steps to the top platform and take Mechanics Track. pa rk. Turn l eft i nto Rankin tra ck, then Ca mellia Track that connects
Thi s walking track meanders through lush thick forest before coming wi th Doongalla Forest Rd, turn right to return to the top car park.
out on a n unsealed road. Turn ri ght to make your way back to the For s pectacular views of Melbourne a nd, on cl ear days, as far as Port
ca r pa rk and the picnic area. Phi lip Bay a nd the You Yangs, detour vi a Zig Zag Track to Burkes
Lookout.

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Doongalla Homestead Site and picnicking Flora and fauna
The Doongala Homestead was established i n the 1890s but The forest here is dominated by majestic tall trees, such as
des troyed by a bushfire in 1932. The remnant gardens and open Mountain Ash, Manna Gum, Mountain Grey Gum and Messmate.
l a wn areas make this a great l ocation for a family picnic. The mi d-canopy features Soft and Rough Tree Ferns, which provide
Approxi mately 700m a way i s the more shaded Stables area which protection for delicate fern species within the ground cover, s uch as
a l so has picnic facilities. the Common Maidenhair, Common Rasp Fern and King Fern.
Both l ocations have picnic ta bles, wood barbecues, car parking and Keep a n eye out for the local wildlife as you walk. You might spot a n
toi l ets. echi dna or a wallaby. Many native birds also frequent the area.
There are also three lovely picnic a reas in the Olinda section. Valley La ughing Kookaburras, Crimson and Eastern Rosellas, Ki ng Parrots
Pi cni c Ground to the south, Eagle Nest Picnic Ground to the east and a nd Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos are all common. If you are l ucky
Ol i nda Falls Pi cnic Ground to the west, which is the ideal location to you ma y ca tch a glimpse of Superb Lyrebird darting through the
s ta rt your walk to the nearby Ol inda Falls. All have picnic tables and dense understorey.
wood barbecues. Olinda Falls Picnic Ground has toilet facilities.
Be prepared and stay safe
Bike riding
The Da ndenong Ranges National Park is closed when there is a
Bi ke ri ders are welcome to explore the network of cycling tracks SEVERE Fi re Danger Rating at local Ferny Creek or Coldstream
tha t wi nd through the park, i ncluding roads, vehicular tra cks and wea ther s tations or if there are strong winds.
‘Ma na gement Vehicle Only’ (MVO) tracks, unless they have been
Da ndenong Ranges National Pa rk is i n the Central fire district.
cl osed to bicycles.
Bus hfire safety i s a personal responsibility. Anyone entering parks
Tra cks closed to cyclists display a ‘No Bikes’ symbol. Any tra ck may a nd forests during the bushfire season needs to stay a ware of
be cl osed to cycl ing at short notice, particularly i f the tra ck forecast weather conditions. Check the Fire Danger Rating and for
conditions become very muddy, eroded or dangerous. da ys of Total Fire Ban a t www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call the
There are over 10km of dedicated mountain bike trails off Pipleline Vi cEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226. No fi res may be lit on Total
tra ck, north of Silvan reservoir park. These cross country tra ils have Fi re Ban days. On Code Red Fire Danger Rating days this park will be
been established to specifically ca ter for mountain biking. Trails a re cl osed for public safety. Cl osure signs will be erected but do not
s ubject to seasonal closures. expect an official warning. Check the latest conditions at
www.parks.vic.gov.au or by calling 13 1963. For emergency
Horse riding a s sistance call Triple Zero (000). If there is a green emergency
Hors e ri ding is popular in the park and there are a number of tracks ma rker sign near you, read the information on the marker to the
where horses are permitted. Silvan Road, Board Track and Ma thias operator.
Roa d, near Silvan Reservoir, are all suitable for horse ri ding.