The Dandenong Ranges

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View of the Kokoda Memorial Walk

Trees along the Kokoda Memorial Walk (1,000 Steps Hike).
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View of the Kokoda Memorial Walk

View of the steps of the Kokoda Memorial Walk (1,000 Steps Hike).
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Crimson Rosella

A crimson rosella at the base of the Kokoda Memorial Walk (1,000 Steps Hike).
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Kokoda Memorial Walk

A view of the Kokoda Memorial Walk (1,000 Steps Hike).
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Kokoda Memorial

The Kokoda Memorial at the end of the hike.
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Laughing Kookaburra

A laughing kookaburra atop the Kokoda Memorial.
Approximately 40 minutes by car away from the Melbourne CBD lies the Dandenong Ranges National Park, an area of tall forests and vibrant fern gullies. The park is the location of the popular Kokoda Memorial Walk, commonly referred to as the 1,000 Steps Hike. This moderate hike is a memorial to the Australian soldiers who fought against the Japanese in the Kokoda Campaign in 1942 in Papau New Guinea. At the summit of the hike, there are several plaques and stone memorials to those who died during the campaign.

The scenery and plant life along the trail were spectacular, and it was interesting learning about the significance of the Kokoda Campaign from signs along the trail. We also spotted a variety of birds including  laughing kookaburras, crimson rosellas and others. If you’re looking for a nice day trip from Melbourne, the Kokoda Memorial Walk is a great choice that’s not too far away. After the hike, go check out one of the small towns in the vicinity for coffee shops, cafes and antique stores. We went to Sassafras after the morning hike. Read more about Sassafras here!

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