“This is a short hike through the Dandenong Ranges to the historic Doongalla Homestead site.”
— Juliette P
Birding · Views · Wildlife
This hike is a reasonable distance with terrain that's not too rough. It would suit older children.
This is not recommended on high bushfire risk days.
Hike through the beautiful Australian bush while catching glimpses of magnificent views across Metropolitan Melbourne and the bay beyond. Pass the site of a plane crash some 80 years ago before reaching the old Doongalla Homestead site.
Need to Know
Bring your own drinking water as there is none available at the site.
Starting from the parking area, follow the Old Mountain Road
to shortly make a left onto Fireline Track
. Follow Fireline Track
through rolling forested hills before catching the Dacite Track
on your left.
lasts for only a short while before using the Rankin Track
to dive down a steep hill to a connection with the Camelia Track
continues through more of the same forest and descending terrain until reaching one of the highlights of the hike: Doongalla Homestead.
At the site, enjoy a snack in the picnic area while you investigate the remnants of an original bush homestead. When you're ready to continue, find the Zig Zag Track
to begin a steady climb through switchbacking terrain to another junction with the Dacite Track
and the trail's end into the Kyeema Track
Traversing rolling terrain yet again, the Kyeema Track
follows a leafy, pleasant path to the junction with Trig Track
and the final leg of the journey back to the car.
Flora & Fauna
Kangaroos, wallaby, koalas, kookaburras, and cockatoos all can be seen on this trail.
History & Background
The old Doongalla Homestead site marks the original spot where the homestead was destroyed in a bush fire in the 1930s.