Mount Dandenong is a small town in the Dandenong Ranges, 35 kilometres east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. The town has about 1,300 inhabitants.
Sky High offers viewing platforms with stunning 360-degree views that sweep across Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne city and Port Phillip Bay. Along with the amazing views, Sky High also features an exquisite English garden, Adventurous SkyHigh Maze and links to trail walks in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.
The William Ricketts Sanctuary is a sculpture garden and the life work of William Ricketts, who created the sculptures here over a period of 60 years. Visitors can wander through the lush gardens, discovering interesting sculptures around every corner. Many of the sculptures feature Aboriginal figures and their placement serves as reminder that we are custodians of our natural environment. It is well worth a visit not only for the sculptures, but also the beautiful setting. It is located along the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, near Mount Dandenong. Entrance fee is $7.10 for adults and free for children under 15. It is open from 10:00am to 4:30pm every day except Christmas day.
Take the metropolitan Melbourne train from Flinders Street station along the Lilydale/Belgrave lines to Croydon Railway Station, Upper Ferntree Gully Railway Station or Belgrave railway station. Connecting buses for Mount Dandenong depart from Croydon railway station (Bus Route 688), Belgrave railway station (Bus Route 694) and Upper Ferntree Gully railway station (Bus Route 688).
Trains on the Lilydale/Belgrave lines run on the same track from Flinders Street station to Ringwood station, then trains continue onto either the Lilydale line via Croydon or the Belgrave line via Upper Ferntree Gully. From Monday to Friday, train services to either Croydon, Upper Ferntree Gully or Belgrave combined have a frequency of approximately every 4-10 minutes at peak hour, every 15 minutes at all other time during the day and every 20/30 minutes after approximately 8:00pm. On weekends and public holidays Lilydale/Belgrave trains run approximately every 20 minutes during early morning, every 10 minutes at all other time during the day and every 30 minutes after approximately 7pm. Check the Lilydale Line Train Timetable or the Belgrave Line Train Timetable for more information. Ticket prices are available on the Public Transport Victoria website.
The 40-50 kilometre drive from Melbourne via Burwood Highway or Canterbury Road is approximately 1 hour. Easy freeway access is along the M1-South Eastern Freeway (to Ferntree Gully Road) or the newly opened Eastlink (to Cantebury Road). For driving directions visit http://www.whereis.com.au
Take the train from Flinders Street Station (see above). Connecting buses for Mount Dandenong depart from Croydon railway station, Upper Ferntree Gully railway station and Belgrave Railway station.
Take the 688 bus from the terminus at the Croydon Railway Station which runs via Railway Grove, Devon Street, Main Street, Mt Dandenong Road and Mt Dandenong Tourist Road towards Olinda. Alight alight at the Mount Dandenong village. Check the time table for the 688 bus for departure and arrival times.
From Belgrave railway station, take the 694 bus via Belgrave-Hallam Road, Monbulk Road, Sherbrooke Road, Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Ridge Road,and Observatory Road to the Mt Dandenong village or continue on to the Mount Dandenong Lookout. Check the time table for the 694 bus for departure and arrival times.
From Upper Ferntree Gully railway station take the 688 bus via Burwood Highway, Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Ridge Road and Obvervatory Road to Mt Dandenong village or continue on to the Mount Dandenong Lookout. Check the time table for the 688 bus for departure and arrival times.
Whilst most of the sites in Mount Dandenong are close enough to walk between a car is by far the easiest method to travel between the close nearby townships and sights that lay just outside the townships throughout the Dandenong Ranges.
Local buses are the only public transport available in and around Mount Dandenong.
Mount Dandenong is a small town. You can easily cover all the shops by foot, however a car or local buses are the best way to see neighbouring townships like Olinda and Sassafras. You may also wish to use a car or the local bus to visit attractions that lay just outside the township.
Bike riding within the Dandenong Ranges is extremely popular, particularly on weekends and public holidays. If traveling to Mount Dandenong by car or bus, you will see large numbers of dedicated cyclists riding up and down the hills. There is not currently a place to hire bikes within Mount Dandenong, however some Bed & Breakfast accommodation does provide complimentary bicycles for guest use.
Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.
See also: International Telephone Calls
Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.
To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.
Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:
000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.
Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.
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