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The Hamer Arboretum Circuit Dog-Friendly Walk

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by Wicked Walkabout (subscribe)
Travel blogger, living in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. My Weekend Notes articles are mainly focused on hiking in the Dandenongs. Author on https://explorethedandenongs.com.au and the Australian family travel blog - https://wickedwalkabout.com
Published June 13th 2016
'Paws' for a while and enjoy the views with your pooch
Dog-friendly walking tracks can be hard to find in the hills, let me share one of the nicest walks you can do with your pooch in the Dandenong Ranges - The Hamer Arboretum Circuit Walk

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The Hamer Arboretum, stunning views and autumn colour.


From the Hamer Arboretum, Chalet Road, Olinda, walk down Dam Track, beside the BBQ's. Keep going, enjoying the views across to the Yarra Valley as you walk. Soon, a small dam is on the left, often looking pretty with reflections from the tall gum trees around the edge. Sequoias and some other specimen plantings are sign-posted along the trail.

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Walk down past the bbq's with the best views in the hills...

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'Paws' by the little dam with pretty reflections...


At the top of the track, turn right and walk about 5 metres to an area called 'Lookout Rock'. There is very little to 'look-out' to these days as the trees are tall, but it is a lovely spot to sit a while and maybe have a snack. Take care, though, as it can be slippery and kids/dogs need to be watched.

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'Lookout Rock' no doubt a wondrous view was available years ago, still a lovely spot though!


To return, walk back up the track to where you joined it, and then continue up Rock Track to the road. Walk down the little track beside the road to return to the parking area.

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Walking up Rock Track, so pretty.


The views at the Hamer Arboretum are stupendous, BBQ's and toilets available. It's a great place for a picnic.

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Back to the Hamer Arboretum after the 3 km circuit walk!


This is my favourite walk with our dog, only 3km's and about an hour. There are some hills, so reasonable fitness is required.

Please Remember: Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

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Why? Dog-Friendly walk in the Forest... why not!
When: Anytime
Where: Hamer Arboretum, Olinda.
Cost: Free
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Some friends got married at Hamer Aboretum. It is a beautiful spot and the backdrop for photos was amazing. I wasn't aware there was a walk there but it looks great. It's a lovely dog you have, is it a Jack Russelll Terrier?
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6160) 1001 days ago
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