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1000 Steps / Kokoda Memorial Trail - Dandenong Ranges National Park

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Published August 3rd 2013
You know those days when you wake up and feel completely motivated and ready to take on the world? No? Me either.

Fortunately I have some very motivated friends who like to keep me enthused, especially on those winter mornings when all you want to do is sit in front of a heater and eat bacon. We set out for the 1000 Steps located in the stunning Dandenong Ranges area so that we could work off the exam study kilos that had piled on over the past few weeks. And there were no excuses for not working off those kilos because it is surprisingly easy to reach with the Upper Ferntree Gully Station being a 5 minutes walk from the start of the 1000 Steps.

A word of warning for you all, you may think, "Oh yes, they're just steps, I use stairs all the time," but be warned, unless you're a cross-country runner, even the sloped path to the 1000 Steps will make you sweat. Despite the below freezing temperatures here, I suggest you take my advice and leave your sweater in the car because you will almost instantly regret bringing it.

Now, heading up the Steps can be a either an ego-boost or it will cause your self-esteem to plummet very quickly. There are many types of people who climb the 1000 Steps: the ones who will sprint the entire thing up and down and back up a few more times as you're still ascending the first hundred, the children who are dragged along by their parents but seem to actually be having fun climbing and jumping up the Steps, your friends whom are able to chat and climb simultaneously while you are gasping for air and then those who power past you with bulging leg muscles, and believe me, before your time on the Steps is up, you will resent all of these people. All you can hope for is that your friend has eaten a few more dumplings than you during the exam period so that you can beat them to the top for a slight victory.

Despite the strain of the climb however, you will make it to the top, no matter how many times you need to stop and once you make it up there, your resentment and exhaustion will be replaced with sheer relief and stunning views. The descent is also much easier, you will feel like you have abs of steel and you won't be straining to breathe, you may even be able to enjoy the views on your way down.

Also, keep in mind that if you're having a particularly lazy day, a nice drive up to the top of the 1000 Steps to the One Tree Hill BBQ area is a much nicer way to spend a Sunday afternoon rather than sweating away on the stairs. Enjoy the views without the workout, and with more bacon. Happy climbing or driving.
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Where: Burwood Hwy & Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd Upper Ferntree Gully VIC 3156
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Everybody is talkin' about 1000 steps these days! I have to admit, I'm not a fan of anything that makes my lungs screech, but I would like to attempt it sometime! And it is a beautiful area. Good job with your article :)
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 3207 days ago
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