"THE DANDENONG RANGES" Mount Dandenong by tiabunna

Mount Dandenong Travel Guide: 31 reviews and 91 photos

From the city area of Melbourne, the hills to the east are not particularly obvious: as with most Australian mountain ranges, they tend to be lowish and rounded. Since public transport (think trains) made them reasonably accessible from the city, back in the 1870s, they have been a popular destination for city dwellers needing a respite from the city.

Over the years, the suburbs have spread to the foot of the ranges, small villages developed, tourism became important, in the 1920s the area became popular with artists. Much of the giant eucalypt forests which once attracted loggers now (thankfully) have been preserved as the Mt Dandenong National Park. With motor cars, tourism in the area became an easy day trip. Houses, mostly hidden by trees, now dot those areas outside the National Park, and gardens proliferate. When we visited, huge rhododendrons (as in the heading photo) were adding additional splashes of colour.

Back in the 1930s, guest houses were popular in Australia. One such guest house, now revitalised as a reception centre, was the venue for our son’s wedding – and that was what brought us back to this charming area, for the first time in many years.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Near Melbourne
  • Cons:Near Melbourne (can become crowded)
  • In a nutshell:A pleasant area
  • Intro Updated Sep 20, 2007
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  • lynnehamman's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2009 at 6:57 AM

    We are going to try and return from Adelaide through Victoria-(over Christmas) and I would love to see these ferntrees. Love the botany tip.

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    How did I miss this page of yours, George? I always enjoy your writings, with your words and pics these mountains become a beautiful destination. You too, think of Dinosaurs when looking at giant ferns? Hope your spring starts well. Cheers from up over!

  • Kakapo2's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    From treefern to treefern... This little page brings back memories of my trip more than eight years ago. We drove around in the ranges on the way to Philip Island. Have a nice day, Sissi

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Those old eucalyptus forests are really impressive but the tree ferns are even more ! The “Pie Floater” is an amazing meal that for sure I would sample if I had the opportunity !

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2007 at 4:42 PM

    Congratulations and greetz from Belgium.

  • unravelau's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2007 at 1:05 AM

    One word....wonderful. A wonderful venue, a wonderful celebration and a wonderful report.....thank you so much for sharing your sons wedding....Carole.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2007 at 6:10 PM

    Those Croweaters do have some strange tastes! Lovely spot for a family celebration, and a great area to explore at any time. Congratulations to you all - newlyweds and newly-in-laws. leyle

  • goutammitra's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2007 at 7:04 PM

    Beautiful! In one word it can be said. Beautiful Fern, Pollution free atmosphere. Just what we need for marriage!

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Sep 26, 2007 at 7:31 AM

    Fabulous location for the wedding. Amazing ferns & rhodies. Looks like you found all the good spots for your wonderful family gathering.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2007 at 4:57 AM

    Lovely spot for a wedding :-)) And yes, I second all the comments about the lovely landscape and trees and ferns and rhododendrons - almost like images of the lost world :-)) congratulations again, proud parents :-))

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