The Dandenong Ranges has a peak height of 633 metres and from 1850 was a major timber source as the huge Mountain Ash forests were logged. The towns of Mount Dandenong, Sassafras and Olinda were established for this industry. By the early 1900s workers from the Melbourne area - the CBD being only 35 km away - were discovering the unique scenery and tranquility and Melbourne's favourite weekend retreat area was born and became dotted with old fashioned 'guest house' accommodation in reach of the average income.
Whilst logging lasted right up to 1962 - with many of today's tracks and clearings originally sawmills and tramways - tourism and attractions became so strong that the area was largely declared a National Park in 1987 and the remaining majestic forests and natural attractions are protected for ongoing recreational activities. Whilst a relatively small area, there are some gems for the photographer to be found away from the landmarks.
Enjoy viewing 365 thumbnails and enlargements and order superb hi-tech prints of the area easily from this site.