Mount Dandenong

Melbourne
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Look out across the Dandenong Ranges and Melbourne’s distant skyline from this township and mountain peak fortified by towering mountain ash forests.

Mount Dandenong is the highest peak in the surrounding ranges, as well as a community tucked into the bushland reserves of the Dandenong Ranges National Park. Visit the mountain’s summit to take in spectacular panoramic views from the observation deck and restaurant or wind your way through the charming formal gardens. Wander along hiking trails in the native bushland, which changes from dry eucalypt forest to verdant fern-studded gullies. Learn about exotic flora from around the world at the arboretum and explore the sculpture-lined pathways of the sanctuary.

Go on a scenic drive along the winding forest roads that weave around Mount Dandenong. Make your way up to SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, the mountain’s magnificent peak and viewing area. Check out the quaint English Garden or challenge yourself in the SkyHigh Maze. Binoculars on the observation deck make it possible to see Port Phillip Bay and Geelong on a clear day. Take a seat at the summit’s restaurant or café to enjoy a meal or drinks with the unbeatable view of Melbourne from the east. A short distance south, you’ll find the peak of Mount Corhanwarrabul and sprawling views from Burke’s Lookout.

Walk amid the deciduous trees and conifers at the Mount Dandenong Arboretum, a 40-acre (16-hectare) park showcasing a range of exotic species. William Ricketts Sanctuary is a lush fern-studded garden with a scattering of intriguing sculptures along its winding pathways.

While the township does not have a major commercial centre, it is dotted with numerous boutiques, artisans’ workshops and restaurants, where you can experience some of Mount Dandenong’s local treasures. Forest retreats and laid-back lodgings can also be found along the tree-lined roads.

Mount Dandenong is situated between the larger towns of Olinda and Kalorama, approximately 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of Melbourne’s city centre. Visit in summer for long, sunny days and clear views from the mountain peak, or in late winter to enjoy misty mornings and eucalypt blossoms in full bloom. Stay in Mount Dandenong for easy access to the magnificent walking trails and scenic picnic areas of the Dandenong Ranges National Park.


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Unbeatable views of Melbourne from a gorgeous, romantic, stone cottage.
Unbeatable views of Melbourne from a gorgeous, romantic, stone cottage.
Mount Dandenong, VIC
Fully refundable
The price is CA $225 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this family-friendly guesthouse in Melbourne. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions SkyHigh Mount Dandenong and Singleton ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
Amazing views
"We had an amazing time with the lovely views to compliment our stay, thank you Simon and Shona for the great experience. -Jacob"

Reviewed on Aug. 14, 2022

Unbeatable views of Melbourne from a gorgeous, romantic, stone cottage.
Observatory Cottages
Observatory Cottages
3.5 out of 5
8 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong, VIC, 3767
The price is CA $341 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 3.5-star cottage in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and private spa tubs. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
"Beautiful unit, everything well thought of, including breakfast ingredients, great fireplace, 2-people jacuuzi, comfy bed, candles, nice backyard, parking at the door, easy signage and instructions. The only content was the few spider corpses we found on the floor (but hey, no live ones)."

Reviewed on May 15, 2021

Observatory Cottages
Arnica Views
Arnica Views
4.5 out of 5
10 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong, VIC, 3767
The price is CA $333 per night from Aug 18 to Aug 19
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury cottage in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (178 reviews)
"We stayed in the Manor, it was really fabulous. It was very spacious and the ideal location for the wedding we were attending."

Reviewed on Jun. 3, 2022

Arnica Views
Linden Gardens Rainforest Retreat
Linden Gardens Rainforest Retreat
5 out of 5
1383 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, VIC, 3767
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bathrooms in our reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (109 reviews)
Enjoyable stay
"We like the cleanliness and decor of the cottage. The owners are super friendly and went all out to assist us in the check in. The breakfast is delicious and plentiful."

Reviewed on Dec. 16, 2021

Linden Gardens Rainforest Retreat
Jacuzzi in 7 Acre Rain Forest Paradise
Jacuzzi in 7 Acre Rain Forest Paradise
Mount Dandenong, VIC
The price is CA $294 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this family-friendly lodge in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, a spa tub, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Singleton Reserve and Olinda Falls are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Beautiful property nestled into the rainforest
"Highly recommend. This was our second stay and look forward to our third. Beautiful, quiet setting. Great hosts - very accomodating."

Reviewed on Jun. 15, 2022

Jacuzzi in 7 Acre Rain Forest Paradise
Mary Card's Coach House
Mary Card's Coach House
4.5 out of 5
1498 Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong, VIC, 3788
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury B&B in Melbourne. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (64 reviews)
"A lovely quiet location (apart from a few footsteps from the unit above!) Very well stocked with food for a selection of breakfast options."

Reviewed on May 3, 2022

Mary Card's Coach House
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