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The RidgeWalk Exploration is a 28km, grade 3-4, one way hike located in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, Victoria. The hike should take between 9hrs to complete (with coffee breaks).
This walk attempts to follow the proposed RidgeWalk: Exploring art and landscape in the Dandenongs. The official RidgeWalk won’t be ready until around 2022 and will be approximately 26km in length. This hike however this will give you a taste of what to expect.
It is predominately a bush walk, but there are suburban sections and main road sections (Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road). It passes through several townships in the Dandenong Ranges and follows several major tracks, in order: Belgrave, Hillclimb Track, Hackett Track, Sassafras, Olinda, Dandenong Creek Track, Channel 10 Track, Zig Zag Track (v. steep), passes Burkes Lookout, Kyeema Track, passes Five Ways and Wols Track. It would be slightly easier to do the walk in reverse from Mt Evelyn to Birdsland, as you would be going down the steeper hills, but my description is for the other way.
You could take a train to Belgrave from Melbourne and walk or catch a bus to the start. There is good parking at the start, so going by car is easier.
Take your GPS and download the file. The GPX file is very useful. But I have dropped the GPX file onto google maps here and made it public so you can see the exact track and road names.
See where the Ridgewalk will take you when completed: Yarra-Ranges-Council_Ridgewalk.
Hike contributed by Fred Tropp-Asher
Max elevation: 603 m
Min elevation: 110 m
Total climbing: 1861 m
Total descent: -1864 m