Upper Ferntree Gully

Travel Guide Oceania Australia Victoria Dandenongs Upper Ferntree Gully

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Introduction

Upper Ferntree Gully is located some 45 kilometres east of Melbourne and is a main gateway to the Dandenongs.

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Sights and Activities

The Thousand Steps

From the Upper Ferntree Gully entrance to the Dandenong Ranges National Park is the Thousands Steps Walking Trail leading to One Tree Hill. The very steep walking trail includes over 700 steps and commemorates the battle for the Kokoda track in Papua Guinea during World War II. The walk is approximately 2.5 kilometres long, takes approximately 1-1.5 hours (one way) and is medium to strenuous. There are 13 commemorative plaques located along the walk which aim to provide an insight into what it was like in 1942 during the battle at Kokoda Trail, and to explain significant events at different points along the track. These plaques were installed in 1992 and are replicas of those that can be found along the original Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea

The Thousands Steps Walking Trail is a popular destination for both sightseers and fitness enthusiasts alike - Saturday and Sunday mornings are a particularly busy time for fitness training on the steps. During the AFL pre-season (March-April) a number of Melbourne Australian Rules football teams run their players up the steps to promote team fitness. There is no specific creation date of the thousand steps, however they are believed to be built during the early 1860's when they provided the only means of accessing the One Tree Hill Summit through thick natural bushland.

Australian artist Eleanor Healy-Wills creates paintings, limited edition copper plate etchings, sculpture and mixed media works. The work on display here in her Gallery is diverse and extensive, ranging from traditional to contemporary in both technique and subject. The gallery is open Sundays 11am - 4pm, Monday & Tuesday 9:30am - 12 Noon or by appointment. Elanor also offers classes for begginers and advanced in copper plate etching and printing.

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Events and Festivals

Ferntree Gully Market

Each Saturday morning a small market operates in the car park area of the Upper Ferntree Gully railway station. Stall holders are mainly locals and offer wares from home made jams, knitted booties and baked goods to pot-plants, fresh fruits and vegetables and hot doghnuts.

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Getting There

By Train

Take the metropolitan Melbourne train from Flinders Street station along the Belgrave line to Upper Ferntree Gully train station. Trains on this line run approximately every 20 minutes between 7:00am and 7:00pm Monday - Friday. On weekends and public holidays you may need to wait up to 40 minutes for the next train. Check the Belgrave Line Train Timetable for more information. Ticket prices are available on the Public Transport Victoria website.

By Car

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). For driving directions visit this site

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Getting Around

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet caf├ęs 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.

Phone

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:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

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.[1]. 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.

References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

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