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Ferntree Gully Walks

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by Sue Williams (subscribe)
Writer, bushwalker, dessert enthusiast. Author of the Rusty Bore Mysteries. More info here:
Published June 7th 2012
Forest near Ferntree Gully
Forest near Ferntree Gully

There are 1000 reasons not to do the 1000 Steps in Ferntree Gully and every one of them is a person. Unfortunately, this walk is just too popular at the weekends now to be enjoyable. It's good to see so many people out doing something good for their bodies, but honestly, only do this walk if you:

1. Savour jostling past others on narrow, slippery steps (or them jostling past you depending on where you are on the fitness spectrum);

2. Relish spending forty minutes finding somewhere to park (it's better to catch the train – the walk is very close to the Upper Ferntree Gully train station);

3. Have an urgent need to see the signs that tell you things about the Kokoda Trail (yes, they're interesting, but make sure you can withstand the abovementioned crowds jostling past while you read);

4. Secretly covet hanging out with a crowd of sweaty, lycra-clad people at the top;

5. Categorically can't be bothered to find another walk among the myriad walking tracks nearby;

6. And, finally, you truly loathe the idea of seeing or hearing any kind of wildlife while you walk.

If you don't fit the list above, you could try doing the 1000 Steps on a weekday or before 6am. Or check out one of the other great trails nearby.

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Why? Because there's a kazillion other great walks nearby
When: Anytime
Where: Ferntree Gully
Cost: Free
Thanks for the tip! We'll go during the week next week, can't wait.
By Anonymous
Friday, 8th of June @ 03:14 am
Thanks for your comment - hope you enjoy it!
By Sue Williams - senior reviewer
Friday, 8th of June @ 05:14 am
Love the article and the idea, but the links are broken!
By Sandy Marwick - senior reviewer
Saturday, 4th of August @ 12:09 am
The other great trails link is broken
By astei - reader
Thursday, 17th of January @ 06:46 pm
The recommended Other Great Walks link is a page error.
By lapor - reader
Sunday, 2nd of June @ 01:44 am
Many other walks in the Dandenongs including from Grants Picnic ground.
By junea - reader
Friday, 30th of July @ 04:23 am
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