Travel blogger, living in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. My Weekend Notes articles are mainly focused on hiking in the Dandenongs.
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Published September 13th 2016
15km Bushwalk in the Dandenong Ranges - Dog-friendly
A 15km, dog-friendly hike in the Dandenong Ranges
The Dandenong Ranges Tourist Track is a fantastic bushwalk, with or without a dog. Few people know of this walk from Sassafras to Emerald or vice versa. The track is 15km each way.
From Sassafras, the walking track starts beside the hall, down some steps and into the cool temperate rainforest. It's just stunning. It crosses over The Crescent and continues down, past the bottom end of Nicholas Gardens and onwards to Beagley's Bridge picnic area in Kallista. It's a short walk up to the village if walkers are needing some food.
Beagley's Bridge section
From Beagley's Bridge, the walk continues to follow the Sassafras Creek towards Monbulk.A diversion into Monbulk is possible, though the actual walking track does not go into the town.
Walking around behind the Monbulk Aquatic Centre and playing field, the trail crosses the Road. Signs and orange markers, make the trail easy to follow.
Crossing roads a few more times, the track ends at Telopea Steps near Emerald, it is then a couple of kilometres more into Emerald, or perhaps call a local taxi.
The Walking Track passes some massive tree trunks!
It is usually easier to find parking in Emerald, rather than Sassafras, or the walk could be divided into two sections and Baynes Park by the Monbulk Aquatic Centre used as a base to walk in either direction. Toilets are available in Sassafras, Baynes Park, Monbulk and Emerald.
It is also easy to access this walk via public transport. Catch a train to Belgrave and then public bus or maybe even the 'Puffing Billy' Stream train to Emerald. Or take the train to Upper Ferntree Gully Station and a connecting bus to Sassafras. (Dogs can travel on trains, but not on buses).
People are allowed to walk dogs ON-LEAD the whole way.
Find all the walk notes on Explore The Dandenongs website, plus there is a free downloadable e-book of all the 31 walks listed on the site.
This walk is fine for people of moderate fitness, please be sure to carry water and food, plus clothing suitable for the weather conditions. Occasionally, parts of the track may be closed if trees are maybe blocking the way. Refer to the Parks Victoria website for the Dandenong Ranges and track closures.
I hope this fabulous, 15km/5 hour - one-way, bushwalk is one that many people will do, it passes through beautiful forest regions and is one of the longest hikes to be found close to Melbourne.
Great article. I've not done that track yet but walk in the hills with my dogs nearly every day. After the walk I like to check myself and the dogs for leeches, pesky little critters regularly attach themselves for sip of blood.