Melbourne is a stunning cosmopolitan city filled with an array of things to see and do. Did you know that there are some impressive day trips just a short drive away, including the stunning Dandenong Ranges? The Dandenongs is an easy day trip away in your rental and is a must-visit on your Aussie holiday. In order to get to this gorgeous location, you can rent a car with VroomVroomVroom and start exploring!
1. Take a Puffing Billy ride - The Puffing Billy train ride is one of the most popular steam train rides in Australia. Now a major tourist attraction, Puffing Billy departs from Belgrave 3-4 times daily depending on conditions. Special events such as “Thomas The Tank Engine” days and murder mystery themes are also available.
2. Stop by at Emerald Lake Park for a picnic - Visitors can explore and enjoy a picnic in the park either before or after their Puffing Billy journey. A great place for families and kids, the park has BBQ facilities with plenty of picnic tables, a wading pool and playground facilities. You can also choose to hire paddle boats.
3. Experience the 1000 Steps Trail - Most of the tracks in the Dandenongs are dog and pram friendly. Take note that walk trails vary from easy to strenuous. The shortest is under 1km, while the longest track is 20km (one-way). The most popular trail in the area is the 1000 Steps Walk also known as the Kokoda Memorial Walk.
4. Discover The Villages of Mt Dandenong - A trip to the Dandenong Ranges is not complete without a visit to the three main villages of Mt. Dandenong: Mount Dandenong, Olinda and Sassafras - all within 2km of each other. If you haven't yet visited the Villages, it should be on your bucket list. The atmosphere of the Villages will leave you feeling completely refreshed and revitalised.
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Travel time and distance: 1 hour and 8 minutes (47.8 km) via M3