Located 35 km (22 miles) east of Melbourne, the Dandenongs (also known as the Dandenong Ranges) are known for rolling hills, scenic drives and the Puffing Billy Railway. A popular destination for walking and hiking (bushwalking), the Dandendongs are also heaven for trail running, with great options for all abilities. The highest point is Mount Dandendong at 633 meters, which can be accessed by car or on foot. The quaint villages of Olinda and Sassafras provide plenty of shopping and cafe options.
The best places to run in the Dandedongs are the wet temperature Sherbrooke rainforest and the popular 1000 Steps / One Tree Hill area. Avoid the crowds in the scenic yet quiet retreats of the Churchill National Park, the Birdsland Reserve and the RJ Hamer Forest Arboretum. If single track is more your thing, the trails behind Lysterfield Lake Park or around Sassafras and Olinda offer great alternatives.
A car is generally needed to access and get around the area.