The very popular “1000 Steps” at Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

The 1000 steps are located in Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia and are a part of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges where locals and tourists come to see a beautiful array of nature, fauna & wildlife. It is a climb of trails and steps to the top and then you have the choice to continue hiking on other trails or descend back down. There are Kokoda Track Memorial signs along the way that you can read about the Australian soldiers who fought in Papua New Guinea in 1942. The steps can be exhausting and it does take time especially if it is busy. The steps can also be wet & slippery so make sure you’re wearing the right shoes with good grip on the soles. There are toilets and a cafe at the base & also a playground and picnic area. The best time to come is early in the day on the weekend or anytime during the week. My husband & I have recently done the 1000 steps 3 times over the past week, trying to improve our fitness. We thoroughly enjoy the challenge & will endeavor to keep going. I have listed below some information for anyone thinking of visiting the 1000 Steps.

Free Entry – no entry fees or parking fees!!!

The steps are open 7 days a week including public holidays 6am – 9pm. (but can be subject to closure on days of high winds or fire danger)

If you are coming from the city using public transport, catch a train on the Belgrave Line and get off at the Upper Ferntree Gully station. From there it is just a 800m walk east along Burwood Highway to reach the southern end of the carpark – around 500m extra to get up to the cafe and the start of the steps. By car it is about a 40 minute drive, east of Melbourne.

The steps are around 3km. Depending on your fitness, the steps can take between 30 minutes to 1.5hrs to complete the return trip.

The steps can be very slippery, even on dry days, so make sure you wear non-slip shoes.

There is a cafe and separate toilet facilities at the base of the steps.

No dogs are allowed.

There are no water drinking fountains at the steps, so you will need to bring your own water.

Tracey 🙂 (Below are some more photos that have been taken at The 1000 Steps)



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