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Enjoy the best of Melbourne sightseeing in the Dandenongs, crammed full of exciting activities for all the family to enjoy.

At the top of Mount Dandenong you can see the television towers that act as a sign post to an area filled with top Melbourne things to do for every member of your family.

The Dandenongs can be seen in the east framing the beautiful city of Melbourne. From a distance the Mountains take on a silvery blue hue. This is thought to be because of the oils that are evaporating off the eucalyptus leaves on the gumtrees that grow densely throughout the Mountain Range.

View from Mt Dandenong Lookout

View from Mt Dandenong Lookout compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/dey/21534706/

Hence the endearing term The Blue Hills. In these Blue Hills you can visit some fascinating Australian history and build some great family memories.

Experience meeting some amazingly unique Australian animals and bird life.

The Dande' Mountains - The Blue Hills

dandenong television towers compliments of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mt_Dandenong_from_Mooroolbark.jpg.

How To Get To Into The Blue Hills


Head towards the Television Towers in the east.

The Dandenongs are 40 kms from Melbourne by road via the Burwood Hwy or Canterbury Road.

You can also catch the Train to one of The Dande' Mountains train stops....

  • Upper Ferntree Gully (FTG)....drop into the Dandenong Ranges Tourism Information Center 1211 Burwood Hwy Upper FTG
  • Upwey.....Visit the "Birrinja Arts and Cultural Center"
  • Tecoma...drop in for a Devonshire tea at one of the delicious little coffee shops
  • Belgrave...home of the Puffing Billy

Depending on what you like to do each stop offers different things to do such as shopping, eating, drinking, picnicking and perhaps hiking. I personally like to travel onto Belgrave where I can link up with the little Puffing Billy and travel from there all the way through to Gembrook.

Here you can enjoy a great counter lunch at a real Aussie pub - http://www.gdaypubs.com.au/VIC/gembrook.html

Wander through the Gembrook Market that features a wide range of local craft and fresh produce. The Gembrook Market is on very 4th Sunday of the month from 9:00am through to 3:00pm.

For a more detailed map of the region just click onto the map below. Each of the suggestions that are on this page are marked clearly so that you can easily find your way there.


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Top 10 Things To Do In Melbourne In The Dandenong Mountains


number 1
Riding the World Famous Puffing Billy from end to end.

Visit the link above for more detail on this world famous heritage listed train".


The Little Puffing Billy Train

Puffing Billy compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/yewenyi/2516086061/
number 2
Wander through the Beautiful Rainforest at The William Ricketts Sanctuary searching out those amazing Aboriginal Sculptures.


William Ricketts Sanctuary Aboriginal Sculpture

William Ricketts Sanctuary statue compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/jupiterfirelyte/7043703545/
number 3
Picnicking
in some of The Dandenong Mountains most beautiful venues such as The Silvan or Cardinia Reservoirs.

Picnic In The Park With Wild Ducks

Picnic in the park with ducks Mount Dandenong Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrowka/4434248925/
number 4
How about roaming through some magnificent Gardens such as the National Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda or Tesselaar's Tulip Farm in Silvan.

The Rhododendron Gardens Olinda

Rhododendron gardens Olinda Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/d-l-j-h/3040496436/
number 5
Would you love to feed some of The Australia Native Birds at places such as Grants Picnic Ground or try to find the illusive lyrebird that you can hear roaming through the Sherbrook forest.

The Australian Lyrebird

Australian Lyrebird found in the Dandenong Mountains Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/gawthrop/7168515593/
number 6
Fossick in one of the many little streams, you may be lucky to find a gemstone or two or perhaps some little bits of Gold! Names like Emerald or Gembrook may give you a clue.

Mount Dandenong Stream

Fossick in the Mount Dandenong streams compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/avlxyz/2834458126/
number 7Have a cuppa on the top of the Dandenong Mountains at SkyHigh taking in the breathtaking view of the Melbourne Skyline.

Up here you will find one of our top, world class Melbourne restaurants.


Skyhigh - Mount Dandenong

View over Melbourne from Skyhigh compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/fernando/453802655/
number 8
Perhaps you are a Train enthusiast, if so tour the Emerald Lake Model Railway and then try out your fitness level in one of the Paddle Boats out on the lake at Emerald Lake Park

Emerald Lake Park Mount Dandenong

Emerald Lake Park Mount Dandenong Melbourne Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/captainchaos/318699310/
number 9Pace out the Kakoda Track Memorial Walk in the Ferntree Gully forest reserve.

The park contains the Thousands Steps trail leading to One Tree Hill.

This is a very steep walking trail over 2.5 km in distance and commemorates the battle for the Kokoda track in Territory of Papua during World War II.


1000 Steps Commemorative Climb

Mount Dandenong

1000 Steps Trail commemorating The Kakoda Trail Mount Dandenong compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/dey/84250636/
number 10Visit the Sherbrook Falls deep in the heart of the Sherbrook forest. Savour the sweet smells of the "Aussie" bush and perhaps come close up to some real "fair dinkum" Australian wildlife.

Mount Dandenong Forest Walk

Mount Dandenong forest path compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/dey/13932729/



The Dandenong Mountains will definitely become one of your favorite places to getaway with the family just as they have became one of mine.

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