I am actually going to be an ambassador for the event. While 1000 Steps is a catchy name, there are more like 770 steps and a round trip takes around about 40 minutes if you can maintain a decent pace. It was quite warm by 11am, and packed with joggers panting and gasping their way up. The states — reasonable fitness required. We jogged from the start area of lyrebird to the steps, and jogged maybe 30% of the steps, and walked down. Trust me, this will be a great achievement. You can go at your own pace and rest on the way up.
Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground including 1000 Steps Automatic gate in operation. In the interim, portable toilets are available for visitor use. Most people have had the courtesy and consideration to stop it — especially now the lyrebird track has been upgraded. Not just a bit, thoroughly drenched. But over the last few years the increasing number of people running on the steps have gone a long way toward spoiling the experience; to the extent that I stopped going there. The Victorian veterans of the Kokoda campaign adopted this park as their memorial site in 1998. Here are some tips that made the walk easier for us.
Once we got there I realized I had to climb 1000 steps and I knew I was not prepared for it. A beautiful and peaceful deep forest trail. Would love to hear any tips if you have completed one before! There is always a range of native wildlife to enjoy along the way from birdlife to even the odd Lyrebird. Just the walk up from the car park to the base of the 1,000 steps is extreme. This is the hike that reminds me every single time I visit, just how desperately my body needs me to start exercising more often. Now, time to head up to Sassafras and treat yourself to something tasty at one of the boutique cafes 10 minute drive up the Dandenong Ranges.
Some even lose their lunch on the way up. Avoid peak time which are early mornings and weekends. Both locations are easy walks without many steep sections. A testament to the adaptability of Australian native bush. But some ignorant folk still run there. Use it for your return and give the legs and ankles a real workout. As the 1000 Steps is located within the Dandenong Ranges National Park, please note that dogs are not permitted.
The popular 1000 steps walk will remain open to the public during the works which will include repairs to pot holes, asphalting and new line marking. Kind regards, Jess Not a question but a comment. The park was proclaimed on 13 December 1987 1987-12-13 , amalgamating the Ferntree Gully National Park, and Doongalla Estate. You can get on the Belgrave Train lane from Flinders Street Station and get off at Upper FernTree Gully Station. The areas will reopened as soon as tree risk inspections are complete. I will add the details to the main post. The 1000 Steps climb and park is in the Dandenong National Ranges which is fully open to the public.
But if you are visiting and want to maximize your explorations of the Dandenongs you should continue up to One Tree Hill Picnic Ground. So our estimation is that the climb is about 320 metres in elevation. How To Get There Train — Belgrave Line Get off at Upper Ferntree Gully Station and walk east, following Burwood Highway about 1klm , to the park entrance near the intersection with Mount Dandenong Tourist Road. As they would see a marker, they would actually quicken their pace to see how much further they had walked. It was more of a discussion about not walking to close to the edge, about stepping aside to allow others to pass and the dangers of running down hills too fast. Thanks, Jess Hi Penny, The 1000 Steps is near the Fern Tree Gully Picnic Ground, Melway 74 H5. There are a few rest stops along the way, but I would not recommend this climb to pregnant women due to the steep incline and length of the track.
To make the climb easier and safer, concrete steps were later installed in 1950. There is also the walk from the car park. There is a heated debate around how many steps According to Tommy Jackett there are only 870 Steps. I spent 3 hours hiking solo and I tell you I was happy to have gone on the big loop. On the average Saturday or Sunday the hardcore fitness fanatics will be out in force from the first daylight hours, but numbers dwindle as the day goes on.
From there it is just an 800m walk east along Burwood Highway to reach the southern end of the carpark — around 500m extra to get up to the cafe and the start of the steps. Regards, Jess Hi Lisa, This seems to be a popular question and has been answered below. If you make it to the top, keep walking another 500 meters to the One Tree Hill picnic ground. Open Hours The gates to Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground are open 6:00am and 9:00pm Location Burwood Highway and Mt Dandenong Tourist Road Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria 3156 Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published. I can imagine on weekends it would become very busy.
So my estimation is you climbed 320 metres while you are there. The very steep walking trail includes over 700 steps over 2. Car — 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. Head through the car park and the walk begins near the playground at the end. Its visitors can also relax and enjoy the beauties of Mount Dandenong as they rest in the picnic grounds or under the shade of the green trees. Thanks Michael Hi Estelle, Thanks for the heads up.
The garden is a place of beauty, tranquility and inspiration that should not be missed. Opening Hours: The gates to Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground are open between 6am and 9pm. If the 1000 Steps walk is a little busy or steep for your liking, consider the Living Bush Nature Walk. Depending on what you are after, I have provided a list from which you can start your search to find the best location to suit you. However, on reaching the top nowhere could I find how high I had climbed. It was irritating to be pushed out of the way by people running where there is barely enough space for people to squeeze carefully past each other.