1000 Steps

Published on April 8, 2019

Nestled at the bottom of the Dandenong Ranges National Park is the Kakoda Track Memorial Walk, which is more commonly known as the ‘1000 Steps’. A popular destination for tourists, fitness enthusiasts and anyone with a keen interest in the outdoors, the 1000 Steps is a winding bushwalk that follows a creek along a luscious valley in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Embraced by tree life, this walk provides both mental and physical health benefits through the calming ambience of nature coupled with an internal motivation to successfully reach the top. The Kakoda Track Memorial walk name was adopted in 1988 by the Victorian veterans from the Kakoda Campaign, and you may notice 14 unique plaques scattered along the length of the track. The track has concrete steps of varying depths and sizes that were installed in the 1950’s.

Upon reaching the top of the stairs most people will choose to either return down the stairs, or down an alternative route (Lyrebird Track), which also serves as a fire trail in case of emergency bushfires. My suggestion is that you walk just a little further up the Lyrebird Track to One Tree Hill Picnic Ground where you will have a chance to stop, rest, and take in all that the surrounding nature has to offer. If you choose not to venture to One Tree Hill Picnic Ground, the 1000 Steps circuit will take around 45 minutes, giving you a total distance of 4.3km.

Depending on the day and time, this outdoor activity can get quite busy. Whilst there is a car park available, you may not be able to get a park if you choose to go after 10am on a weekend. To avoid the masses and experience the best of this incredible nature walk, try to arrive before 10am and be sure to take a water bottle with you.

By: Shane Asbury, Sports Editor

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