Ferntree Gully in Dandenong Ranges National Park

12 May

Seriously, I did not make that name up. Rob had been craving some real hiking so today we took the train out to Ferntree Gully, which is part of the Dandenong Ranges National Park. It was an easy 10 minute walk from the train station to the trail heads. We took the 1,000 Step Track up, which is part of the Kokoda Memorial Track. It really was 1,000 steps and nearly killed me. It was very crowded, with many lunatic joggers running up and down the trail. It was also very cold, but going up the steps warmed us up and we delayered. When you would stop to catch your breath, you could see it. My guess is that it was the mid 50s. At the top of the trail we wandered away from the crowds to other trail heads. But we weren’t sure where they went. Rob was totally over the slippery and congested Steps Track. Fortunately, we found an alternate route back down that was near deserted and peaceful. We saw many kookaburra but not much other wildlife. As you can imagine, the 1,000 Steps trail was in a gully and surrounded by tree ferns. It took 2 hours each way on the train to get there and back. Now that we’re home I’m pretty tired. Time for pajamas and lounging.

One Response to “Ferntree Gully in Dandenong Ranges National Park”

  1. Mildred Pitoni May 13, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    It’s fun to read about your adventures! Jen, you surely desearve an evening of lounging! Back here in the U.S.A we are planning for our Mother’s Day celebration with family. Just 5 of us will be out for Brunch. No cooking and no cleaning up! What more could a mother want? Gram Pitoni

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