Last Visited: 02/2011
Length (km): 7.5 km
Time (hrs/min): 3 hrs
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Circuit
Park: Dandenong Ranges National Park
Closest Town: Upper Ferntree Gully
Maximum Elevation: approx. 515 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Public Transport Access: Belgrave Line – Get off at Upper Ferntree Gully Station and walk east, following Burwood Highway, to the park entrance (near the intersection with Mount Dandenong Tourist Road). Head through the car park and the walk begins near the playground at the end. Total walk to the playground is around a kilometre.
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).
If the 1000 Steps / Kokoda Memorial Trail isn’t enough of a “hike” for you, the Ferntree Gully Circuit might be just what you’re looking for. Starting with the 1000 Steps, this walk explores the area around Ferntree Gully for a further 6 km.
The Ferntree Gully section is undoubtedly the most attractive section of the circuit, but on the north and western sides of One Tree Hill you’ll stroll through beautiful dry open forests of stringybark and tall mountain ash. There are brief views of the city from some sections and the birdlife is also a highlight. Kookaburras, rosellas and rainbow lorikeets are common, and on my most recent visit I was lucky enough to see yellow-tailed black cockatoos.
- 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.
- Circumnavigate One Tree Hill is a walk that begins from One Tree Hill Picnic Ground, which could be used as an extension to the 1000 Steps Walk.
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