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Mt Dandenong Hike - Kalorama to Olinda Falls via Doongalla Forest

Sun, 7 Nov 2021
09:45 - 17:00

** Note: due to Victoria's COVID-19 Lockdown #6, this event has been moved from 10 October to 7 November **
Escape the city and enjoy a full-day spring hike through the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, on what will be a unique event, taking in the lush scenic forest, birds, views of the city, walking tracks, falls and the crisp/fresh air. This event caters for the experienced/ fit hiker who demands a 'real hike' and wants to break out a sweat. This event is graded 'hard' with a number of steep short inclines throughout. This event is limited to 20 people.

This is intended to be a public transport friendly event where the start and end points will be accessible by train. There is no carpooling for this event, however, you may organise your own lift with fellow walkers if you wish.

GRADE | LENGTH | TYPE: Hard -> Challenging (in sections), approximately 15.5 km, this event caters for experienced hikers and those with fitness levels that are able to climb short steep tracks. This event is not suitable for first timers or those with limited fitness abilities. If in doubt, contact the leader prior to booking to discuss your fitness levels/suitability for the hike. 

We will meet at Croydon Station before boarding a bus to our first section of the hike at Kalorama.  

  • Part 1: Kalorama GPO to Five Ways lookout (incline) with a stop at the coffee shop. From here we take a steep incline along the Trig/Kyeema Track and will explore the Kyeema crash site, followed by views near Burke's lookout. Then after a steep descent, we will arrive at Doongalla Picnic Reserve for lunch.
  • Part 2: From the reserve we will walk through the dense scrub incline and make our way through a steep incline to arrive at the Mt Dandenong township for a small break.
  • Part 3: Head towards Olinda Falls via the backroads (moderate) with an intimate walk through the forest to spend some time at Olinda Falls. After exploring Olinda Falls, we will make our way to the bus stop to head back to Croydon Station.

BOOKING: By Friday 5th November. To register, click on Get Tickets.
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NOMADS COVIDSAFE CHECKLIST: Checklist 210606: Mt Dandenong Hike - Kalorama to Olinda Falls via Doongalla Forest.

FURTHER INFORMATIONexplorethedandenongs.com.au/western-slopes-trail-mt-dandenong

MEETING TIME | LOCATION: 09:45am at Croydon Train Station, Railway Grove. Exact meetup point will be provided prior to the event by email. 

MAP REFERENCE: Melway map 50 grid J3 | Google map goo.gl/maps/LhvezYQ8CpHcSDoy7.

DISTANCE | TIME FROM GPO: 35 km, approximately 35 minutes to drive, 50 minutes by public transport. There is car parking available at the train station for those who wish to drive. We will all take the bus to the starting point regardless of whether you drive to the meeting spot or not. You will need a Myki card for this event and a face mask to ride on public transport. 

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: This is a public transport friendly event.

  • By Train: Take the Lilydale train from Flinders Street and get off at Croydon Station. We will then catch the 688 bus to the starting point as a group. At the conclusion of the walk, the same bus will take us back to Croydon, with a connecting train back to the CBD.

FOOD/DRINKS: Carry lunch, snacks and at least 1-2 litres of water. Also carry sunscreen and a hat, your facemask and hand sanitiser. Bring your Myki card for the return trip by train/bus. We will stop at a coffee shop for morning tea where you can buy lunch to take with you. There will also be an afternoon tea stop.

APPAREL | FOOTWEAR: Suitable boots/hiking shoes and dress according to the weather forecast (layering). The mountains are usually a few degrees cooler but you will quickly warm up as you begin the hike! Ensure your shoes are waterproof as some of the paths most likely will be wet/muddy and a bit slippery if it has rained heavily prior to the event. Your boots will get some dirt/mud on them!

LEADER: Jason T. | Email LeaderJasonT.thenomadsinc@mail.tidyhq.com if you have any questions.
Members can access leader contact details under Members | Leader Contacts when logged in to the website.


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Visitor paid tickets ($5 per person, per event)

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WAIVER: By purchasing this ticket, I agree to the following:

  1. I declare that I am at least 18 years of age.
  2. I undertake to observe the Rules and By-Laws of the Nomads Outdoors Group Inc. (the Association) in force at any time.
    ( View the Rules of the group or View the By-laws )
  3. In voluntarily participating in an activity of the Association, I acknowledge that this activity may expose me to risks that could lead to my injury, illness, death or to loss of or damage to my property. I also acknowledge that I may also be found to have contributed to injury or illness or death of others or to the loss of or damage to their property.
  4. I acknowledge that I will take responsibility for my own actions while participating in any activity of the Association.
  5. I agree that no refund is available if I cancel my booking less than 24 hours prior to the event. However, if I cancel at any time due to COVID-19, or the event is cancelled by the leader, a refund will be provided. 
Total: $
Croydon Railway Station/Railway Grove
Croydon VIC 3136, Australia

PO Box 56, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, 8009, Australia