A Victorian local has pieced together a stunning multi-day walk through the Dandenong Ranges, only 40km from Melbourne’s CBD.
The Dandenong Ranges Trail is a multiday walk that takes in all the beauty, history, nature, food, and art of this incredible region, right on the doorstep of Melbourne.
It’s expected that most people will take 4 to 7 days to complete the walk.
A major part of the ethos behind the trail is for it to be low impact, grassroots travel that will support local businesses without adding to the congestion in the hills.
Public transport runs throughout the area providing easy access. Belgrave and Lilydale are on the suburban train network and bus services all the villages, so you can get yourself to and from the trail easily without a car.
"In 2016 I led a group cycling a section of the famous Camino Trail in Spain. It was a truly wonderful experience," says Jason Williams, the architect of the Dandenong Ranges Trail.
"Something that really captivated me was how the Camino had evolved, an incredible network of support and services, all perfectly spaced out so that those walking the Trail could live and walk carrying very little, buying meals as they went and staying in accommodation along the way.
"My tourism background led me to want to create something similar here in Australia. But what region had the beauty, history, culture, and importantly appropriate distances between towns to allow for a walking trail to be created?
The obvious answer was my home region of the Dandenong Ranges on the eastern edge of Melbourne. With villages spread through the hills, a labyrinth of existing trails, and some of the most beautiful forest in the country, it was both obvious and perfectly suited to the design of a long distance trail."
Facts about the Dandenong Ranges Trail
- 7 sections
- 2143m total elevation gain
- takes 4-7 days to complete or can be done as series of day walks
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