"A feeling as much as a destination" Mount Dandenong by iandsmith
Mount Dandenong Travel Guide: 31 reviews and 91 photos
There’s something magic about the Dandenong Ranges. When you encounter your first copse of mountain ash there’s a sense of pervading calm that comes over you, exacerbated by the tree ferns that soon appear in this wonderful landscape.
I’ve visited on more than one occasion and the enchantment never ceases as you pass through villages with enticing names like Sassafras, Olinda, Sherbrooke and Kalorama; all seeking to charm you with their wonderfully exotic gardens and quirky shops. Epicurean delights abound with eateries claiming all sorts of praise and awards, some erroneous in my belief but let that not detract from your enjoyment.
The winding roads lead ever upward to near where Mount Dandenong, at 633 metres the highest point, lords over all that surrounds and the attraction called Sky High can be found. A cafe, BBQ and picnic areas, attractive formal gardens, and spectacular views across Melbourne's eastern suburbs and to the city from various viewing platforms can be had. Views can also be enjoyed from Burke's Lookout at Mount Corhanwarrabul, about one kilometre south of the Mount Dandenong peak.
However Sky High costs, to get in, to park, to do anything. Might I point you in the direction of other aspects of the Dandenongs, particularly those associated with Parks Victoria, for which you won’t even have to reach into your pocket for loose change.
The whole of the Dandenongs is a gastronomic delight and I was overjoyed when I dined at the Ivy in Olinda to be served... more travel advice
My next goal was the perennial favourite, the National Rhododendron Gardens, set tucked away on a hillside at the back... more travel advice
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