Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog: walksmelbourne.com
Published June 16th 2020
A lung and leg busting adventure
View from Mt Dandenong Summit looking down the Glasgow Track
Thought there were no steep climbs within Melbourne? This again: A far greater workout for lungs and legs than the better known 1000 steps, this lovely 5km circuit walk up to Mt Dandenong Summit is a great training route, but takes in some wonderful views and historic interest of an old airplane crash site, along the way. You'll need sturdy shoes with a good grip, and it's probably not the walk for rainy or wet weather due to the slippery incline up to the television towers, but any other time, it's a cracker. Tracks are clear and pretty well marked.
Start from the free carpark behind Doongalla Homestead - itself an absolutely stunning, secluded spot for a picnic after the walk, then head up the Channel Ten track, which swings around to the left, then take the Zig Zag Track on the right up to the top. From here, follow the Kyeema Track which brings you to the Summit Lookout for expansive views across the Melbourne skyline.
Further along, you will reach the Memorial Cairn of the 'Kyeema Crash site' of the ill-fated 1938 plane. then head back for a rough and steep scramble (bums and hands are not shameful!) down the Glasgow Track, which is not for the faint-hearted. From there, make your way back to the carpark via the Dalcite Track, turn right onto the Rankin Track, then left to wind along the pretty Carmelia Track back to the car. Download a Parks Vic track map before you go, if need be, or to discover more lovely walks from Doongalla.
Please could you tell us whether for this climb/walk dogs are allowed on leash? 38% of Aussie households have at least one dog as a pet. We are a high minority and it really helps to know what places to visit and which are not suitable for us if we prefer to relax or do tourism with our fur family members. Many thanks. :)