Enjoy the National Parks and State Forests of the Dandenong Ranges. With the beauty and tranquillity of the natural environment, there are thousands of special spots to discover as you find yourself getting back to nature and get up close and personal to thenative flora and fauna.

Birdsland Reserve

Located in the southern area of the Dandenong Ranges, between Belgrave and Lysterfield Lake Park, is Birdsland Reserve, a 75ha bushland reserve that is home to native birds and animals. You may even spot a Platypus!

Borthwick Park Playground

Borthwick Park Playground
This large playground was constructed in 2011 and is particularly good for younger children, with an enormous 360 degree basket swing for older kids. This playground has lots of shade beneath giant California Redwoods and is adjacent to Belgrave Swimming Pool. No toilets.

Camping in the Dandenong Ranges

Camping in the Dandenong Ranges is the ultimate in a camping holiday! Watch the sunrise over the mountain from your tent, trek through the gorgeous forest or even spy an elusive lyrebird.

Dandenong Ranges National Park

Stunning bushland of towering Mountain Ash and Fern Gullies that are home to crystal clear streams and falls, native bird-life and animals . This cool escape offers a place to get back to nature within an hour of Melbourne.

Emerald Lake Park

Discover all Emerald Lake Park has to offer – paddle boat rides, model railway display, café, free barbeque facilities, Puffing Billy, walking tracks, seasonal wading pool, fishing. The Environment Centre offers a live aquatic display, information on flora and fauna, and information on the park.

Grants on Sherbrooke

Whether you’re visiting to feed the Rosellas, taking a bush walk, or enjoying a drink or a delicious meal, you know you’re in good hands at Grants.

Grants Picnic Ground

Asian visitors feeding the birds, Grants Picnic Grounds, Sherbrooke
Situated in the Sherbrooke Forest, Grants Picnic Ground has to be one of the top attractions of the Dandenong Ranges and is famous for its bird feeding and walking tracks.

Kalorama Lookout

Kalorama Lookout is located on the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road at the Five Ways intersection. The lookout provides one of the finest vantage points to view the Dandenong Ranges, surrounding foothills and Yarra Ranges in the distance.

Kays Picnic Ground

Close to the Sassafras end of the Dandenong Ranges Tourist Track is Kays Picnic Ground where you can stop to smell the gum trees and watch the wildlife!

Kurth Kiln Regional Park

Located a short distance from Melbourne, the park is mostly known for its kiln used during the Second World War to make charcoal for gas producer units fitted to motor cars. The park contains a range of forest types and is popular for picnicking, camping, walking and horse riding.

Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail

The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail is an iconic 40 km recreation trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The trail follows the path of the historical railway line through the stunning Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges starting behind Lilydale Railway Station and finishing in the Warburton township.

Lysterfield Park

Lysterfield Park is a beautiful spot, not far from Melbourne, offering a range of recreational activities.

Montrose Community Playground

Large recreation space with sporting ovals, open space and bushland area and playground. The community-built all abilities wooden playground has lots of swings and a huge climbing net in the centre. This attractive bushy location has a sensory garden, animal sculptures and shade trees on three sides. Public toilets, picnic facilities and barbecues available.