Last Visited: 03/05/2009
Length (km): approx. 2.5 km (according to MapMyHike.com)
Time (hrs/min): 1 hour
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Circuit
Park: Dandenong Ranges National Park
Closest Town: Tremont
Maximum Elevation: approx. 515 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Total Ascent: approx. 126 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Car Access: The One Tree Hill Picnic Ground is accessible from One Tree Hill Road (Ferny Creek) or Churchill Drive (Tremont), which are both off the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road (Melways Ref: 65 H12).
I wouldn’t say this is one of the nicest spots in the Dandenong Ranges but this is mainly because there are so many places in the Dandenongs that are extraordinarily nice. It’s not rainforesty like other parts of the park but this was to be expected since it’s up so high.
The walk begins on the track leading down the hill to the left of the toilets (Tysons Track). At the bottom of the hill, follow the larger track to the left. From the path is very easy to follow as all tracks are signed and all you really need to do is keep the summit of One Tree Hill on your left. When you find yourself back at the road into the picnic ground don’t follow it around to your car. There is a much nicer track which cuts diagonally across, through the trees.
The only part of the circuit that I would consider to be steep is the (fortunately) downhill section of Tysons Track at the beginning. However, the rest of the walk is quite hilly so it’s definitely enough to get the heart beating. Lots of birds could be heard throughout the walk but no animals were sighted (this could be due to how busy this part of the park is).
The other tracks were not as nice, especially Telegraph Track which runs alongside the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road. However, the Musk Avenue section makes the walk worthwhile.
- The famous 1000 Steps / Kokoda Memorial Trail is best accessed from the nearby Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground, however you could potentially do it in reverse from here.
- Living Bush Nature Walk is another walk that starts from the nearby Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground.
- Ferntree Gully Circuit is a longer walk, which includes the 1000 Steps / Kokoda Memorial Trail.
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