Last Visited: 25/04/2009
Length (km): 3 km
Time (hrs/min): 1 hour
Return / Circuit / One-Way / Partial Circuit: Partial Circuit
Park: Dandenong Ranges National Park
Closest Town: Upper Ferntree Gully
Maximum Elevation: approx. 371 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Total Ascent: approx. 161 m (according to MapMyHike.com)
Car Access: The Fern Tree Gully Picnic Ground is at the Upper Ferntree Gully end of the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road (on the west side of the road). I didn’t notice any signs saying “Fern Tree Gully Picnic Ground” but the turn-off is clear and there is a sign saying “Welcome to Dandenong Ranges National Park” (or something to that effect) at the entry. (Melways Ref: 74 H4).
If you want to explore the area around the Ferntree Gully Picnic ground but are not up for the challenge of the 1000 Steps or Lyrebird Track, this is the perfect walk. Even the steep section on Musk Avenue is nowhere near as steep. It’s also not quite as busy as the 1000 Steps which made for a much nicer bushwalk, especially since my visit was on ANZAC Day. I actually only encountered two other people during my walk.
The walk begins at the footbridge behind the playground. There is a sign at the beginning of the track pointing to the bridge. The tracks I’ve highlighted on my map are well-signed, except that Telegraph Track and Acacia Track are signed as “Acacia Trail”.
Part of the track
Musk Avenue was definitely the highlight of the walk… The climb is steep enough to get the heart beating and the vegetation is beautiful, ranging from the dark damp fern gully to the drier Messmate forest at the high end of the track.
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 another walk that starts from the 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.
- Ferntree Gully Circuit is a longer walk, which includes the 1000 Steps / Kokoda Memorial Trail.
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