Dandenong Ranges National Park
Dandenong Mountain is the Melbourne’s Mountain. A brief escape from the city and popular with walkers and runners is Ferntree Gully Forest, about 35 km from Melbourne.
Kokoda Track Memorial Walk
Kokoda Track Memorial Walk also known as 1000 steps. The walk is dedicated to Kokoda Veterans who fought in Papua New Guinea in the Second World War.
It was created in 1900 and was adopted by Kokoda Veterans as a Memorial Site in 1998.
It starts at Ferntree Gully main car park near the Kokoda entrance arch. Follow the Treefern Gully Track also known as Kokoda Memorial walk. Walk the steep section to the top and return via Lyrebird Track.
Along the track there are 14 plaques, which relate significant events that occurred on Kokoda Track in the second World War.
This is very popular as a fitness trail and is crowded over the weekend.
The walk has a distance of 3.34 km with a total ascent of 179.16 m and has a maximum elevation of 389.88 m. It takes about 1 -1.5 hours.