• Length: 15.7km

  • Duration: 4.5hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Olinda

  • End: Olinda

  • Location: Dandenong Ranges

  • Closest Town: Olinda

  • Distance from CBD: 49km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -37.85571048

  • Longitude: 145.3660531

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Dandenong Ranges Circuit is a 15.7km, grade 3 circuit hike, located in Dandenong Ranges Victoria. The hike should take approximately 4.5hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

The circuit walk of the summit of Mount Dandenong links two large sections of the national park, visits Olinda Falls, Mount Dandenong, Arboretum and two of the best view points overlooking Melbourne.

From the Olinda Recreation Reserve walk along the Olinda-Monbulk road towards Monbulk, past the old Golf Course and then turn left down Chalet Road, just by the Olinda Pool. A short way down Chalet Road, turn left onto the Golf Course Track / Rock Track. Follow Golf Course Track/Rock Track, at the junction with Cornius Track, keep left. At the 4 way junction with Mathias Track, go straight ahead onto Blackhole Track. Join KC Track where it junctions with Blackhole Track.

Follow KC Track, turn left on Rifle Range Gully Track, look and listen for Lyrebirds'

Turn left after a couple of km's onto Bartlett Track. Bartlett Track joins onto Falls Road, walk down Falls Road for about 200 metres to join Mechanics Track on the right, which leads to Olinda Falls. Signposting is clear to Olinda Falls. Return the same way and join the top section of Mechanics Track from the other side of Falls Road. OR walk up to the Olinda Falls Picnic Area (toilets available) turn left on Falls Road then right onto Mechanics Track. Mechanics Track crosses over Farndon's Road and then continues up to finish at the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road (beside the Mount Dandenong Pre-School). Cross carefully over the Tourist Road, there is a small track visible, walk up through the Mount Dandenong Arboretum.

Stay to the trail on the right through the Arboretum, coming to Ridge Road where you cross over to Kyeema Track. Follow Kyeema Track, about 100m on the left is Trig Track, going up to the Mount Dandenong Summit. Cafe, views, toilets. Return the same way and continue walking along Kyeema Track towards Burkes Lookout, about 1.5 km's away. At the junction with Tower Track, turn right and head down the hill.

Turn right onto ZigZag Track, then left onto Channel 10 Track. Follow Channel 10 Track until meeting Dandenong Creek Track, turn right, staying on Dandenong Creek Track until coming to the Olinda-Basin Road. Turn left onto the Olinda-Basin Road and walk about 200 metres until Caterpillar Track on the right. Follow up Caterpillar Track which joins Dodds Track and then continues onto Dodds Road OR keep walking up Olinda-Basin Road for 1.2km's to Mount Dandenong Village and return to Olinda via the roads). Dodds Road joins Range Road, turn left and walk the short distance back to Olinda.

About the region

Less than an hour from Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges is a whole life experience away, offering breathtaking scenery, romantic hideaways and indulgent adventures. The Dandenong Ranges is a haven of hidden delights with scenic winding roads to quaint hilltop villages. There is an abundance of artist studios, craft stores and renowned gardens to explore as well as walking and cycling trails through mountain ash forests and clean, refreshing air.

Getting there

  • Parking at Olinda Recreation Reserve, Olinda-Monbulk Road or the Old Golf Course next to the reserve.

GPX File

Total distance: 15763 m
Max elevation: 625 m
Min elevation: 381 m
Total climbing: 1044 m
Total descent: -1044 m
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17 thoughts on “Dandenong Ranges Circuit (15.7km)

  1. So Helen and I completed this today. A great walk though I need to get better at navigating. Became even longer. Great views, clear day and lots of good climbs.

  2. Walked on 15 Apr in anticlockwise direction. Good walk and surprised me on the last hill. Caution required on Mechanics Track if wet (slippery).
    Great walk but we needed to allow extra time (about 5 hours)

  3. We did this under 4 hours on 6/5/17 in an anticlockwise direction. This is the best option as Mechanics Tk can be slippery in Autumn/Winter.
    I used an Android App called Maverick for navigating around this area. Make sure you open the App in Olinda to download the map before setting off.

  4. I ran this yesterday – A great loop with awesome views. Such a beautiful track! I found the trails well groomed and navigation was easy with the gpx file.

  5. Walked this on 29/12/18 anticlockwise, great hike, took 4.5 hours. Both the “link trails” between Dandenong Creek Track and Range Rd were closed so I walked down the road a bit and went down Todd Rd.

  6. Did this walk today and it was great, might get a little slippery on some on the smaller tracks in the coming weeks. We went anti clockwise, 4 hours but cut out the the sky high loop. Get ready for a couple of steep hills at the end ☹️

  7. Did this walk on 9 June. Walked anticlockwise and found it really enjoyable, lots of variety in terrain and forest type. We had lunch at Mt Dandenong, with picnic tables and toilets. Clocked up 18km, but followed pretty closely to the route, so not sure where we got the kms.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the hike. GPS devices can easily show up to a few km’s out depending on which device you use. Your gps may be more accurate than mine was when first recorded a few years ago. Best way for me to check is if you can email me your GPX file and I’ll check them out side by side.

  8. Walked this route yesterday 26/08/19, the path from Basin-Olinda Road to Range Rd was nowhere to be found requiring a detour along the road. Took me longer than most clocking up 5.5 hours and 16.36 km without the Skyhigh section. The section between Olinda Falls and the Arboretum was very muddy and slippery which is what cost me most of the extra time and oh boy I did not need that last climb at the end! However beautiful views and well worth the effort.

    1. Thanks for your comment Rory, If you have a current GPX file that I can compare and replace, that would be appreciated. I have had hundreds of people complete this circuit and no one commented that it was wrong so I am intrigued as to why you felt it was.

  9. The Mechanics Walk section of this circuit is no longer accessible due to storm damage from earlier this year. Falls Road is now the most direct way to Olinda Falls.

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