Dandenong Ranges Circuit day hike, Olinda

Olinda Recreation Reserve

Dandenong Ranges Circuit day hike, Olinda

Olinda Recreation Reserve
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3 h 29 m
13.98 km
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This is a strenuous day walk around the summit of Mt Dandenong. It's best to take a GPS tracker with you as not all paths are marked clearly on the route.

Dandenong Ranges Circuit day hike, Olinda

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This is a lengthy day walk around the summit of the Dandenong Ranges. Don't attempt this unless you're reasonably fit have a detailed map print-out (or better yet a GPS tracker).

Start and finish: Olinda Recreation Reserve.

Highlights: RJ Hamer Arboretum, Olinda Falls. Views over Melbourne, Lyrebirds and lush greenery aplenty. Optional: Lunch at the SkyHigh cafe or pop down to one of the Dandenong Ranges many lovely townships before or after your walk.

If using public transport you can catch a bus to Olinda. Alternatively if travelling by car, park at the Olinda Recreation Reserve or at the Botanic Gardens (depending on whether you wish to start your hiking adventure with an optional, leisurely stroll around the gardens before setting off on this route as marked).

Note: This walk links up several smaller tracks so equip yourself with a detailed map OR Print this map out before leaving for the walk.


Points of Interest

1. RJ Hamer Arboretum

Home to over 150 species of native and exotic trees - this makes a great start to your day of walking. Photo:@HikingJournal

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2. Olinda Falls picnic area

A great place to take a break.

3. Olinda Falls

Take a detour around the short Olinda Falls track (it has two vieweing areas)

4. Kyeema Track

It's wonderful walking through the dappled light on a sunny day, hearing birds, seeing wildflowers and catching glimpses of Melbourne below.

5. From Burkes Lookout

On a clear day you can see to the Port Phillip Bay, the CBD and beyond.

6. Burkes Lookout Reserve (Photo: Samantha Foster)

You'll find the best-known lookout point on Mount Dandenong along this track. You'll need a good, clear day to get a great view over Melbourne!

7. Nice shady tracks

This is a good hike for warmer weather. Photo: Jacinta Helen


Natural Trail Natural Trail
Park(s)/Garden(s) Park(s)/Garden(s)
Public Transport Public Transport
Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Public toilets Public toilets


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