Bushwalking and Cycling from Mountain Element
Kokoda Trail & 1000 Steps
Ferntree Gully covers the south western area of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, from Upper Ferntree Gully in the South to The Basin in the North. It occupies nearly 600 hectares of the park's total 3500 hectares. Ferntree Gully is the oldest area of the National Park offering a diverse range of activities including walking, bike riding, picnicking, playground, cafe and nature observation.
Living Bush Nature Walk
This great Ferntree Gully walk enables you to experience beautiful native bushland, including spectacular fern gullies and tall eucalypt trees. Discover features of the bush that you may not have been aware of before - not only things to see, but also to hear, touch and smell - along this 3 km medium grade track. Allow about 1.5 hours for the walk.
Tracks leading from Sherbrooke and O’Donohue Picnic Ground provide the easiest walk to the falls through the attractive landscape of tall Mountain Ash and tree ferns. The falls are most inspiring after rain when the swollen Sherbrooke Creek rushes over the rocks.
O’Donohue Picnic Area is a small area mainly used as a starting point to the Sherbrooke Falls walk. While this is the easiest access to the falls, the path has gradients in excess of 1 in 10 making it not suitable to people with limited mobility.
National Rhododendron Gardens
The National Rhododendron Gardens are host to brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around. When not in bloom, you can still soak in the beauty of rich bark textures, seed capsules, foliage shapes and beautiful fragrance as you stroll through the grounds.
The National Rhododendron Gardens located in Olinda and are open 10.00am to 5.00pm daily (last entry 4.30pm) except Christmas Day. Entrance to the gardens is free.