DANDENONG RANGES NATIONAL PARK 30 minutes from Berwick
The Dandenong Ranges region is home to some of Victoria’s most impressive tall forests.
Once logged to make masts for ships, the area is now a haven for lyrebirds, and a great place to walk, cycle, picnic or sit and relax.
Follow the many walks and trails through stands of towering 100 metre high mountain ash, undulating seas of tree ferns, across clear gushing streams and past thundering waterfalls. And for those not keen to leave the comfort of their car, some of the best scenery is accessible by road too.
The Thousand Steps Run
... starts in Upper Ferntree Gully / Tremont, Melways 74H5, at the Ferntree Gully Picnic Area of the Dandenong Ranges National Park - turn left off Mt Dandenong Tourist Road just after it branches off Burwood Hwy.
For the run, follow the "Kokoda Trail", Tree Fern Gully Trail, then the steps to the top at One Tree Hill Road (74H1).
Then you can come back the same way or via different tracks (eg. Outlook / Ramu / Bellview or Link / Lyrebird), - or keep going to The Basin and return if you want more uphills.
If you don't know the area, study the map well or take one with you - though civilization is not too far away on all sides.
Enjoy a picnic at the Lower Picnic Ground near Ferntree Gully, or at One Tree Hill, or in Sherbrooke Forest.
Take in the bird life at Grant's Picnic Ground or have a look at the Arboretum.
EMERALD PARK LAKE 30 minutes from Berwick
.... Relax by the picturesque lake and picnic in the glorious parklands.
Free electric BBQ's and shelters. The Park has many pleasant secluded areas for you to experience the tranquillity of this amazing place.
A destination and departure point for Puffing Billy the narrow gauge steam train.
Covering 50 Hectares a mix of native and European trees surrounding Lake Treganowan & Lake Tribulation.
BIRDSLAND PARK RESERVE 30 minutes from Berwick
Mount Morton Road, Belgrave Heights . Melways 84 B2
One of the Dandenongs' best kept secrets.
Pack a picnic, bat & ball, footy , bikes or walking shoes and you will get the best out of the reserve.
The bird life is fantastic!!
Free electric BBQ's, picnic areas, walking and cycling tracks around two picturesque lakes