Mount Dandenong is situated between the two famous tourist towns, Olinda and Kalorama in Melbourne. It is famous for scenic Dandenong Ranges. Instead of a defined commercial centre, the community of Mount include a number of restaurants and stylish accommodation.
Enjoy at Dandenong Ranges
Location: Approx. 1 hours’ drive east of Melbourne CBD
Most of the area of Mount Dandenong is occupied by the Dandenong Ranges National Park. You can enjoy a vast network of walking tracks and mountain environment.
The Mount Dandenong Observatory is the premier tourist attraction in this area. It is situated at the height of 633 meters above the sea level. At this height tourist can enjoy in the Sky High Restaurant, a cafe, BBQ and picnic areas, attractive gardens and from various viewing platforms you can enjoy the views of Melbourne.
It is advice for tourist that you should visit here during summer. During greener time of year you will enjoy the flora and fauna and it is highly recommended that you should join a wildlife tour in which you will discover the the Blue Dandenong Ranges, Yarra Valley and Healesville Sanctuary.
Burke’s Lookout (about one kilometre south of the Mount Dandenong peak), Mount Dandenong Arboretum with its 16 hectares of deciduous trees and conifers, and the William Ricketts Sanctuary with its mystical sculptures.
Accommodation: Arnica views, Observatory Cottage, Lador Cottage
How to reach Dandenong Ranges
By Bus: You can catch bus to reach Dandenong Ranges from
No. 688: Croydon to Upper Ferntree Gully
Via Kilsyth, Montrose, Kalorama, Mt Dandenong, Olinda, Sassafras, Ferny Creek
By Train: You will get train to Mount Dandenong from Mooroolbark, Croydon and Upper Ferntree Gully station.
Highlights of Dandenong Ranges
Alfred Nicholas Gardens
This is a awesome place covered with Mountain Ash Trees in Dandenong Ranges. Walk through these shady terrs and take as many pictures as you can.
It is located at the heast of Yarra Valley and sample fine local wines at Yering Station’s cellar door and a la carte restaurant.
William Ricketts Sanctuary
You can see mystical clay sculptures and these are Aboriginal figures which are hiding in the tranquil ferny glades of the William Ricketts Sanctuary in the Dandenong Ranges.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
If you love eating chocolates and want to taste them here then this is the right place for you. Indulge your love of chocolate with tastings, treats from the cafe and more than 150 different varieties of hand-crafted chocolates and ice creams.