- Sherbrooke Forest Walk
- Rhododendron gardens
- Alfred Nicholas Gardens
- Olinda Falls
- Silvan Reservoir
- Bourkes lookout (Often called the fire trail)
One of our favourite nature built playgrounds is the Dandenong Ranges, which part of Melbourne’s amazing backyard. In the Dandenong ranges there is much to do and see including lots of forest walks with waterfalls and views. On top of all the amazing nature there are suburbs that are scattered throughout the ranges are like little english villages with cute names like Olinda, Kallista and Sassafras! These villages contain lots of nice cafe’s and little shops that are worth a visit.
Our top three activities for a day in the ranges:
1. Puffing Billy - If you live in Melbourne then riding Puffing Billy is a right of passage. Situated at Belgrave the train takes you through the forest to Gembrook station although the stop at Emerald lake is the most popular place to get off and spend some time. The best thing about this old steam train is that you can sit out the side with your legs hanging out. I felt like a kid again.
2. Tree Adventures - another fun day activity for old and young kids alike. We did this for Phil’s birthday one year and it was an intense way to celebrate. After a safety briefing, we were up in the trees completing the courses which were graded from easy to hard. I completed the easy courses while Phil and the others worked their way up to the black course and had a ball. The only way back to solid ground is by flying fox.
3. Walks to waterfalls and in gardens - ok, so technically this is two activities in one. The ranges have the best garden parks to visit AND a couple of good waterfalls to tack on during your exploration. Here are some of our favorite spots:
We have spent many weekends in the forests up in Mount Dandenong and there is still so much we haven't seen and done. We are lucky to live so close so can visit any time we like.