Less than an hour from Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges is a whole life experience away, offering breathtaking scenery, romantic hideaways and indulgent adventures.
The Dandenong Ranges is a haven of hidden delights with scenic winding roads to quaint hilltop villages. There is an abundance of artist studios, craft stores and renowned gardens to explore as well as walking and cycling trails through mountain ash forests and clean, refreshing air.
The Dandenong Ranges holds many events that are perfect for a day-trip from Melbourne. Annual events such as The Chestnut Festival in Kalorama and Autumn Authors showcase the Dandenong Ranges’ splendour throughout the seasons.
What is the weather like in the Dandenong Ranges?
The Dandenong Ranges is a cool climate region with average temperatures of:
Summer - 26.6°C Autumn - 20.4°C Winter - 14.1°C Spring - 19°C
The State & National Parks in the Dandenong Ranges are free to enter. For more information on parks in the region and any safety advice, please visit Parks Victoria's website.
Dandenong Ranges Accommodation
There are a wide variety of accommodation types and locations in the region that will suit any group size, occasion or budget.
Olinda and Sassafras – At the top of the Dandenong Ranges, surrounded by stunning gardens, these villages are a sight to behold all year round. The shopping is an experience in itself with many quaint, unique shops.
Getting to the Dandenong Ranges
By Road - From Melbourne
City to Dandenong Ranges (via Eastlink Tollway) – Make your way onto the Eastern Freeway and travel towards Ringwood. The Eastern Freeway turns into the Eastlink Toolway after Springvale Road. If you have an Eastlink or Citylink pass, continue on the Eastlink Tollway and go through the Mullum Mullum tunnel. Take the Canterbury Road exit, then turn left towards Montrose. Once in Montrose, take the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road and follow through to the Dandenong Ranges.
By Public Transport
Public Transport Victoria has regular trains heading to Belgrave Station. From Belgrave Station, catch a Ventura bus to Olinda and Sassafras.
Travel Times (by road)
Melbourne to Olinda (49kms) – 55 minutes
Melbourne to Belgrave (46kms) – 45 minutes
Healesville to Olinda (39kms) – 40 minutes
Healesville to Belgrave (45kms) – 45 minutes
Key Tourism Attractions
Gardens – The cool climate region provide the perfect conditions for ornamental display gardens with over ten to choose from on a grand scale.
Scenic drives - the abundance of winding roads throughout the ranges provide the perfect way to experience the towering mountain ash, fern gullies and farmgates
Picnics - there are literally too many places to list from private romantic places to top spots for the family to have a BBQ.
Shops and Stays - The various coffee shops and restaurants, bed and breakfasts, craft shops, antique shops and nurseries keep visitors from leaving.
Puffing Billy Railway - a narrow-gauge heritage steam railway, from Belgrave to Gembrook
Lookouts & Views -There are several locations throughout the Dandenong Ranges that offer spectacular views on both sides of the range. On a clear day, features as far as Mount Macedon, the You Yangs and Port Phillip Bay can be seen simultaneously. While the impressive views across to the blue and green colour of the Great Dividing Range are superb especially at sunrise.
Walking & Hiking—various tracks and trails are available at a variety of lengths and difficulties.
Cycling—the Dandenong Ranges are one of Melbourne's most popular cycling areas. Whether it be the off road Mountain Bike trails or popular road cycling climbs.
If travelling over the warmer months read more about Bushfire Safety.