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Published February 9th 2014
Walks, mountain biking, cafes, accomodation and more
Mountain biking at Lysterfield Lake with over 20km of designated mountain bike track including the 6.3km state mountain bike track which was made for the 2006 Commonwealth games. There are different trails for all abilities of riders and are clearly marked out with level of difficulty starting with a white circle which stands for the easiest trail right up to the double diamond which represents extremely difficult with an average trail grade of 20%. To find out more about mountain biking at Lysterfield Lake check out parks Victoria info here.
Olinda Falls is a short steep 1km return walk from the picnic area but can be easily extended to a 14km walk, you can read my full review here.
1000 steps Kokoda Memorial Trail at Ferntree Gully is the most popular walk in the Dandenong Ranges, some people love it and some say it's a thousand reasons not to go because there's 1,000 people, read my full review here.
Visit the Gardens with so many to choose from you could spend the entire day just looking around them and admiring the cool climate plants. Make sure you visit all of these gardens at least once in your lifetime.
Emerald Lake is a popular tourist day tripper destination with the Puffing Billy Station located within the park, peddle boats on the lake and plenty of BBQ's and shelters. Read more on Emerald Lake here.
Silvan Reservoir is a part of Melbourne's water catchment so you can't access the water but the picnic ground is lovely and there is a playground for the kids, BBQ's and plenty of lawn to picnic on.
If you want some adventure in the Dandenongs head to Trees Adventure at Glen Harrow Park in Belgrave next to Puffing Billy where you can climb among the trees, catch the wind on the flying foxes and give yourself a good workout on the challenging ropes courses. Entry fee for Trees Adventure is $39 adults, $25 - $33 children which includes all equipment for a 2 hour session.
Trees Adventure (picture from Trees Adventure Facebook )
Puffing Billy needs little introduction as it's one the tourist attractions that really puts the Dandenongs on the map. You can experience Puffing Billy on one of the regular train rides that run each day or with one of the special trains/events that include:
Day out with Thomas
Steam and Cuisine
Valentines Day train
Rock and Roll
Murder on the Puffing Billy Express
and many more special events that you can view here.