Blessed with varying terrain and topography the Dandenong Ranges provides visitors with stunning National Park and State forest to experience any number of walks and trails, suiting all fitness levels. Just as this environment lends itself so well for all types of cycling from the State Mountain Bike Centre at Lysterfield Lake Park to road riding the climbs of Mount Dandenong like "The Wall", "Devil's Elbow" or "1 in 20".

1 in 20

The 1 in 20 is one of the favourite road climbs for Melbourne cyclists

Devil's Elbows

A challenging climb up Mount Dandenong starting at Upper Ferntree Gully adjacent to the 1000 Steps car park.

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 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.

Johns Hill Reserve Lookout

The Lookout at Johns Hill Reserve has scenic views north past Monbulk and south across Johns Hill reservoir towards Menzies Creek and Emerald.

Karwarra Australian Plant Garden and Nursery

Karwarra Australian Plant Garden and Nursery is set on two hectares at picturesque Kalorama in the Dandenong Ranges. Karwarra Plant Garden is devoted to displaying a diverse range of Australian plants in a landscaped setting.

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.

Olinda Falls Reserve

Located in the cool climate of the Dandenong Ranges, Olinda Falls is a perfect place to have a quiet picnic, short walk and spend time with the family.