Best Hikes Dandenong Ranges

February 2, 2020 1:02 pm

Are you looking for the best hikes Dandenong Ranges has to offer? On the Eastern side of the ranges you can find loads of hikes for different fitness levels located in amongst beautiful serene forests. Or if you are looking for more of a lively atmosphere try the walks between our gorgeous villages. There you can stop and grab some sustenance from one of our local cafes or bakeries.

We’ve listed three of our favourite Dandenong Ranges Walks to get you started below:

Emerald to Cockatoo Walking Track

Best Hikes Dandenong Ranges

The Emerald Cockatoo trail begins where the Puffing Billy Railway line crosses Kilvington Drive. You will find yellow arrow and signs guiding you to the right spot. These yellow arrows and signage point off to the right, heading down into the beautiful Emerald Park Lake. Pass through the main car parking area at the Lake and follow the main entry road around the lake to join the trail again onto Cockatoo.
For more visit Emerald Lake Park Walking Map here.

Emerald Heritage Walks

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This is a self guided walk around Emerald, and perfect for those interested in history. The walk takes around an hour to complete and provides information on 11 remaining buildings around Emerald Village. Heritage Maps are available in Kilvington Drive at the Sign in the park next to Stockdale Leggo and outside the Emerald Museum. Or download one here: Emerald Heritage Walk Map

Bunyip State Park

Best Hikes Dandenong Ranges

If you are looking for a great area to visit with different hiking options try one of the walks in Bunyip State Park. Here you’ll come across woodlands, heathlands on river plains, Mountain Ash and natives.

Mortimer Nature Walk is 1.2km return and takes in William Wallace and Diamond Creeks.
Lawsons Falls
is a short walk with the only waterfall in the park.
Buttongrass Walk
is a 3km self-guided walk through a wet heathland area.
Weatherhead Range Circuit
is a 10 km walk starting at Buttongrass Walk.
Lawsons Fall Circuit
is a 5km return trip starting from Forest Rd at the east end of the park.
Mortimer Circuit
is 9.5km return starting from the Mortimer Picnic Ground.  You can then walk onto Four Brothers Rocks and take-in sweeping views across the park.

Bunyip State Park Map
Bunyip State Park Walks Map
Buttongrass Walk Map 

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