*Note: This popular walk has been temporarily closed by Parks Victoria as of March 2020.
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.
Home to over 150 species of native and exotic trees - this makes a great start to your day of walking. Photo:@HikingJournal
A great place to take a break.
Take a detour around the short Olinda Falls track (it has two vieweing areas)
It's wonderful walking through the dappled light on a sunny day, hearing birds, seeing wildflowers and catching glimpses of Melbourne below.
On a clear day you can see to the Port Phillip Bay, the CBD and beyond.
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!
This is a good hike for warmer weather. Photo: Jacinta Helen