Like the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, the Dandenong hills are enveloped in a blue haze rising from the forests of gum trees here. Rain ensures the area stays cool and lush, while fine old houses and gardens add to the scenery. Easy bushwalks in the Dandenong Ranges National Park start from Upper Ferntree Gully, accessible by train or by car via the Burwood Highway. The most picturesque route is along the winding Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, lined with mountain ash trees and quaint little villages, many with small cafés, galleries or craft shops that make for a pleasant pit stop.

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