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Distance & Driving times from major cities
Melbourne to Mount Dandenong
50 mins 43km
Wodonga to Mount Dandenong
3:40 hours 312km
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Activities: Wine tasting, mountain biking, bush walking, golf, 4WD tours, gardens
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About Mount Dandenong

Mount Dandenong is situated between the villages of Olinda and Kalorama in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges. The Dandenong Ranges National Park, covers much of Mount Dandenong, and offers visitors a vast network walking and mountain biking tracks.

One of the main tourist attractions in Mount Dandenong is the Mount Dandenong Observatory. At 633 metres above sea level, the observatory is the highest point in the Dandenong Ranges. The Sky High Restaurant, a cafe, BBQ and picnic facilities are all available at the observatory and are set in attractive formal gardens, with spectacular views across Melbourne.

Places to see

Cloudehill features award winning formal gardens. Inspired by the Art and Craft style of design, enjoy wandering through a maze of jewel like gardens with extensive herbaceous borders. The Rose Walk, Green Theatre and Water Garden are a must see as is the enchanted "5 Aker Wood". Twilight music recitals are held the Green Theatre in summer.

Other garden features include the Topiary Lawn, Summer House, Bulb Meadow, Copper Beech Walk, Kejoma Garden and the Azalea Steps and Peony Pavilion. Cloudehill's formal gardens are surrounded by woodlands of maple, beech, magnolia and rhododendron, featuring fields of bulbs including bluebells, daffodils and grape hyacinths.

Dandenong Ranges National Park
Dandenong Ranges National Park covers 3215 ha. This lovely national park is a popular attraction with visitors. It was declared a national park in 1987. The park offers numerous walking tracks, ideal picnic spots, and the opportunity for bird watching. The park has more than 350 recorded plant species, 130 bird species, 31 species of mammals, 21 reptile species and 9 amphibians.

Edward Henty Cottage
The Edward Henty cottage is home to an antique gallery. The cottage is an 1850's prefabricated home and was once the home of Edward Henty who became one of the first Europeans to settle in Victoria. The gallery specialises in 19th century Australian cedar items.

Heidelberg School Artists Trail
The Heidelberg School Artists Trail visits sites depicted in the paintings of those associated with the famous Heidelberg School , including Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts, Clara Southern, Emanuel Phillips Fox, Charles Conder, Eigene Von Guerard, May Vale and Jane Price. Each site has a reproduction of the relevant painting, which gives insight into the artist's interpretation of the landscape and allows visitors today, to see into how the landscape has changed over time. The trail mainly passes along the Yarra River, through Heidelberg, Bulleen, Templestowe, Eltham, Diamond Creek, Research, Warrandyte, passing through Ringwood and Montrose, en route to Kalorama, Olinda, Kallista and Upper Ferntree Gully.

Mt Dandenong Observatory
If you follow Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd through the village of Mount Dandenong you will come to a turnoff into Observatory Rd which will take you to Mount Dandenong Observatory. Positioned at the highest point in the Dandenong Ranges, 633 metres above sea level, the observatory offers spectacular views of Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay, the You Yangs and Mt Macedon.

National Rhododendron Gardens
The National Rhododendron Gardens is set in a natural amphitheatre of mountain ash, oaks, maples and beeches in 43 ha and boasts more than 15,000 rhododendrons as well as azaleas, camellias and daffodils. At various times of the year visitors can also view flowering cherries, magnolias, Japanese maples and proteas.

The gardens are home to numerous birds including the superb lyrebird, king parrots, crimson rosellas and peacocks. Ducks and geese can be fed in the lake. Don't miss the moorlands, rock gardens and fern gullies.

The Spring Floral Festival, held from August to October, offers visitors the opportunity to see (the largest undercover display of daffodils in the Southern Hemisphere. The Camellia Show is held in September and the Rhododendron Show in October and November. Summer Jazz festivals are held in January and the Autumn Festival in April.

Pirianda Gardens
The Pirianda Gardens, covering 11 ha, are home to a vast display of rare, exotic and native plant species, native fern gullies, and abundant native bird life including, Rosellas, Butcher Birds, Honey Eaters and Kookaburras. The elevation of the gardens provide visitors with spectacular views of the Mornington Peninsula on a clear day.

RJ Hamer Arboretum
100 hectares of woodland offer ideal picnic spots with breathtaking views across the Yarra Valley to the Warburton Ranges. The Woolrich Lookout features two paintings in the Heidelberg School Artists Trail. The paintings two paintings both by Arthur Streeton are "Golden afternoon in Olinda" c 1924 and "View from Farmer's, Olinda" c 1924.

William Ricketts Sanctuary
Just north of the village of Mount Dandenong, is the beautiful William Ricketts Sanctuary which features a series of kiln fired clay sculptures created by William Ricketts. He made many trips to Central Australia to live with the Pitjantjatjara and Arrernte Aboriginal people between 1949 to 1960 and their culture inspired his sculptures.


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Getting there

By Car
Mount Dandenong is an easy 50 minute drive from Melbourne

By Air
The closest commercial airport is Melbourne's International airport at Tullamarine (58kms) Car rental is available at Tullamarine to get you to Mount Dandenong

By Train
The nearest railway station is Upper Ferntree Gully (10 kms). From here you can take a taxi or bus to Mount Dandenong.

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