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Published June 3rd 2013
There are 43 kilometres of track to conquer by bike or foot
The Dandenong Creek Trail extends for approximately 43 kilometres, from Carrum on the Melbourne's bayside as far as Ringwood. As such it is accessible from many of Melbourne's southern and eastern suburbs.
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The trail is a shared concern, and walkers and riders are asked to respect the right of the other to access the pathway. Frequently the track crosses major roads, and riders are warned to dismount for these crossings.
Cyclists are advised to dismount at road crossings
Alongside the trail there are numerous opportunities to take a break on a park bench. Alternatively Jells Park is an easy place to take a breather, a replenish your energy supplies, and use the toilet facilities.
It is no surprise to learn the Dandenong Creek Trail connects to many other trails including the Tarralla Creek Trail, Belgrave Rail Trail and Blind Creek Trail, Scotchmans Creek Trail, Hallam Bypass Trail and the Bayside Trail in Carrum.
As its name suggests, Dandenong Creek is your companion, affording opportunities to see birdlife. Romantic types may like to adopt a European custom and lock in their devotion by fixing a padlock to a bridge and throwing the key into the water.
Public declarations of love on a pedestrian bridge across Dandenong Creek
In reality most people will only ever make use of part of this trail. Monash City Council has a good bike trails map which includes Dandenong Creek Trail. Otherwise take a look at the bigger picture on this map.
Why not challenge yourself with a new section until you've conquered the whole trail?