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1000 steps Kokoda Track Memorial Walk (Upper Ferntree Gully)




The 1000-step Kokoda Track Memorial Walk is set in the Dandenongs and has a series of memorial plaques. The 5 km takes around two hours to walk and the track is very steep. It begins at the Ferntree Gully Rangers' Office and finishes at One Tree Hill Picnic Ground.

The steps are quite narrow and you need to be careful that you're not bowled over by athletes running up and down the steps.

While visiting the 1000 steps, you will get a glimpse of the physical effort taken by the Australian soldiers during 1942 on the real Kokoda Trail.

At the start of the walk is a nice playground.

Opening Hours:


Open all the time

Cost:


Free

Review:


The historical significance makes the 1000 steps a very worthwhile experience as well as the chance to get the heart rate up and do some exercise. Overall the walk to the top was not as difficult as we expected and took about 45 minutes. Any person of moderate fitness will be able to make it to the top. There are even a few bench seats along the way to have a short rest. However, on a wet day I could imagine it is very muddy and slippery.

The first challenge is to find a place to park the car since the area is generally very busy. We parked along the side of the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road but make sure you avoid the No Standing areas. There is an information board and playground at the start of the walk and the One Tree Hill picnic ground at the top which has a shelter with tables, BBQ, unshaded tables, toilets and water tap.

We came back down the steep Lyrebird Track. This track has steps on the side of the track which can be tough if you have dodgy knees.

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Address | Contact


Cnr Burwood Highway and Mt Dandenong Tourist Road,  Upper Ferntree Gully 3156, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: 
Map: 74 Ref: H4

Web Links


Link A climb to remember pays tribute to Kokoda (The Australian)

Link 1,000 Steps on Facebook

Link The Best Family Activities in the Dandenong Ranges



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Joshua      Posted:    7:24 PM August 7, 2015

I went up, It was a wonderful place to enjoy!

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