Dandenong Ranges National Park Vacation Packages (Flight + Hotel)

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Be dwarfed by the tall forests of the Dandenongs as you explore the walking trails, heritage railway and scenic roads that weave through this wilderness reserve.

Dandenong Ranges National Park encompasses more than 8,650 acres (3,500 hectares) of mountainous forests and shady gullies. Make your way through soaring stands of mountain ash trees and into shady valleys, where the broad fronds of tree ferns droop overhead. See Melbourne’s city skyline and the surrounding ranges from the peak of Mount Dandenong or explore the park’s five distinctive areas of native bushland.

Doongalla Forest sits beneath the wooded summit of Mount Dandenong. Drive to the mountain’s peak to visit SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, a restaurant and viewing platform that presents a panorama of Melbourne from the east. Ferntree Gully in the southwestern section of the park contains the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, a stirring memorial to Australian soldiers on the notorious Kokoda Track in World War II. Climb more than 700 steps to reach the summit of One Tree Hill and a small picnic ground.

To the north of the national park, explore the fern-filled gullies and ancient forests of the Mount Evelyn Recreation Reserve. Stroll by Olinda Creek or the flat-graded trail alongside the Mount Evelyn Aqueduct. Learn about a magnificent array of native and exotic trees in Olinda, which is situated on the eastern slopes of Mount Dandenong. Hike through a shady valley to cascading falls in Olinda Forest or visit the RJ Hamer Forest Arboretum nearby.

Take a ride on the historic Puffing Billy Railway, a scenic steam train that winds through the mountainous forests from Belgrave to Gembrook.

Pack picnic supplies and head to Sherbrooke Forest, where walking trails are interspersed with spacious picnic grounds and interpretive signage. Purchase birdseed from the kiosk and feed native cockatoos, or listen out for the call of the lyrebird and kookaburra.

Dandenong Ranges National Park is spread throughout Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, approximately 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the city centre. The ranges are interspersed with charming mountain villages and forest retreats, where you’ll find cafés, restaurants and accommodation. Visit the Parks Victoria Office within Ferntree Gully to purchase a bushwalking trail map. Many of the park’s picnic grounds have restrooms and informative signs. The park is free to visit at any time of the year.

Top Hotels Close to Dandenong Ranges National Park

Moulton Park Cottages
Moulton Park Cottages
3.5 out of 5
2a Cooloongatta Road, Sassafras, VIC, 3787
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly vacation home in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private spa tubs. Popular attractions Sassafras G163 Bushland ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (64 reviews)
"Stayed 2 nights at the Gatehouse Cottage. Overall a lovely place to stay. Loved the open fire, the spa bath and the free breakfast. However we had no wifi during our stay. We contacted reception several times regarding this and they were quite helpful and did try to fix the problem but without success. ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 28, 2019

Treetop Stay
Treetop Stay
4 out of 5
342 Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras, VIC, 3788
Stay at this 4-star vacation home in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"It could do with a clean inside. There is cobwebs in the house"

Reviewed on Nov. 5, 2019

Santosa Cottage
Santosa Cottage
3.5 out of 5
3a Lennox Grove, Sassafras, VIC, 3787
Stay at this 3.5-star cottage in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and onsite spa services. Popular attractions Olinda G165 Bushland Reserve and Dandenong ...
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Dandenong Ranges National Park

Clarendon Cottages
Clarendon Cottages
4.5 out of 5
11 Clarkmont Road, Sassafras, VIC, 3787
Moulton Park Cottages
Moulton Park Cottages
3.5 out of 5
2a Cooloongatta Road, Sassafras, VIC, 3787
Treetop Stay
Treetop Stay
4 out of 5
342 Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras, VIC, 3788
Santosa Cottage
Santosa Cottage
3.5 out of 5
3a Lennox Grove, Sassafras, VIC, 3787
Lotus Lodges
Lotus Lodges
3 out of 5
1a Driffield Crescent, Sassafras, VIC, 3787
Lochiel Luxury Accommodation
Lochiel Luxury Accommodation
4 out of 5
1590 Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda, VIC, 3788
A Cottage in the Forest
A Cottage in the Forest
3.5 out of 5
452 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda, VIC, 3788
Clarendon's Dovecote Cottage - A cute & cosy private suite.
Clarendon's Dovecote Cottage - A cute & cosy private suite.
Sassafras, VIC
Rocky Creek Art Garden B&B
Rocky Creek Art Garden B&B
4 out of 5
2 Perrins Creek Road, Olinda, VIC, 3788
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.