Dandenong Ranges encompasses a whole range of exciting and interactive holiday experiences. Located 45 km from Melbourne city centre, Dandenong Ranges are a popular destination for Australians and overseas visitors who enjoy active holidays and for families with adventurous children.
The region has varied types of accommodation on offer, ranging from budget hostels to B&Bs and five-star venues.
Top Things to do in Dandenong Ranges
Visit Sky High for panoramic views. Enjoy the traditional English Garden, Percy Possum's Tree, the Giant's Chair, Sky High Maze, the Wishing Tree and walk the Dandenong Ranges forest trails.
William Ricketts Sanctuary has scenic pathways. Try to spot all 92 of the Aborigine sculptures hidden amongst the rocks and ferns. There is an audio-visual information service on the artist, William Ricketts.
Nearby Phillip Island offers a range of great outdoor activities, such as surfing and bird watching.
Kids & Families
Kids will love Grants Picnic Ground with plenty to see and do and lots of space to play. The steam train, Puffing Billy, is a popular attraction for kids of all ages and visitors to Dandenong are able to catch it in the village of Emerald. There are parks for all the family to enjoy, including the famed National Rhododendron Garden, Emerald Lake Park and Sherbrooke Forest.
Dandenong Ranges Hotels
Known as Melbourne's gateway, the Dandenong Ranges plays host to a superb variety of tourist accommodation, including quality cheap hotels. The area offers B&Bs as well as luxury hotels to suit all the family. Along the pretty winding roads leading to Mountain Ash and the villages of Olinda and Sassafras there are an abundance of quaint and unique hostelries on offer amidst the artists' studios, sculptures and plant nurseries. Wherever visitors choose to stay, the warmth and genuine hospitality of everyone in Dandenong is assured.