Hello! This post will be about another one-day trip from Melbourne. Our destination is Mt. Dandenong, which is perfect for a visit in the fall season.
- SkyHigh Mt. Dandenong
How to get there: from Melbourne Central Station, take the train to Belgrave Station and get on to bus #694. Get off at Mt. Dandenong Observatory.
This place is actually a restaurant and a function hall combined, but there are also barbecue/picnic spots if you want to prepare food yourselves. If you go there by car, you will have to pay for an entrance fee. However, the entrance is free if you take public transport.
Sure, the bus ride up there is quite… erm… challenging, to say the least, but it’s totally worth it! Just remember not to read a book or play with your phone on the bus.
The weather was quite foggy when I was there, so I couldn’t really see the Melbourne city from above. Nevertheless, it was nice to stand on another altitude once in a while. Plus, there is a “secret garden” nearby the parking area, which is worth a visit, too!
- Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden
How to get there: from Melbourne Central Station, take the train to Belgrave Station and get on to bus #694. Get off at Parsons Lane and walk up along Olinda-Monbulk Rd.
This garden was previously called the National Rodhodendron Garden for its vast collection of rhododendrons. It’s super pretty in the fall season, with a mix of green, yellow, and red colors everywhere. It was just the beginning of the season when I went there, but it was already beautiful.
The most needed preparation before going there are your very own feet, because you will need to walk up and down frequently to fully see what the garden has to offer.
On the way home, you can visit the tiny little town of Olinda, where unique cafes and shops are. On some of the shops they posted some explanations on the town’s history, which dated back to the early European settlement era.
Overall, I was 100% satisfied with the trip, even though it was much less planned than my previous ones. As long as you have comfortable clothes and shoes to wear on the trip, plus a decent camera (sst… I actually just used my phone) to capture the beauty of this area, I’m sure you too will be satisfied!