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Neerida from Clarity Personal training would like to invite you to join her free 1000 steps walking group on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings at 9:30am. Her aim is to get people to reach their personal goals whilst enjoying the surrounding environment.
Personally I love the 1000 Steps walk and the adjoining Bellview Terrace Track, the weekends are extremely popular which makes it difficult to enjoy so much when you are waiting for the person in front of you to take their next step before you can take yours, so being a weekday should be much quieter and more enjoyable.
I know many people have the 1000 Steps in the back of their mind hoping to one day conquer them, almost like their bucket list however, some friends have a fear of attempting the stairs in case they fail. Honestly I don't think you need to be overly fit to walk the 1000 Steps;consistency and resting when you need to will see you reach the top of One Tree Hill in good time and the endorphins will kick in and make you feel on top of the world.
For the track itself it starts from a huge car park at the bottom of the hill and takes you under the Kokoda Memorial Track arch, past the cafe and playground and past monuments and information that that were placed here to commemorate the soldiers that battled on the infamous Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. From this point there is a fork in the track, continue on to the right and you will soon come to the base of the steps.
The steps are of varying heights, some are uneven and can be slippery from being in the moist rainforest, but it's the rainforest that makes it spectacular with the fern trees and the huge gums surrounding it.
About a third of the way up the stairs there is a reasonable sized area with a seat, so if you feel the need, this is the best rest spot.
The degree of the stairs are at the steepest towards the top, but once you're there, you may feel tired and sore but the elation of conquering the stairs is well worth it. If you're still feeling good then there are a few exercise stations both at the top and the bottom of the stairs.
Facilities include: plenty of car parking, toilets, exercise stations, playground, cafe and water taps.
Public transport is available, take the Belgrave train line and get off at Upper Ferntree Gully, from here follow the path beside Burwood Highway for about 500 meters and you will be at the entrance gates to the Ferntree Gully National Park.