doongalla picnic ground, mount dandenong

If this bush could talk! Mamma and the crew decided one day, to explore the Dandenongs from a different direction. Heading up to the bush from The Basin, we arrived at the Doongalla Picnic Ground. This spot is beyond beautiful and Mamma's first visit was in the dead of winter. 

The site is the location of an old homestead, which was tragically destroyed by the 1932 bushfires. All that remains are the steps. Talk about 5 parts eerie and 5 parts cool! The gardens a are real surprise as they sit majestically amongst the Aussie bush, and the views of this corner of the hills are beautiful. The trees are filled with cockies and if you are just lucky enough, even an eagle might also fly up ahead. Your mind can only imagine what this spot would have been like when it was built way back in 1890s.

There are two levels to this picnic ground with the option to park the car at either. The walk between the two is steep but not impossible. The same can also be said for the bush tracks that you will find nearby. We have completed The Stables Track, which connects the two picnic zones, but it sure is steep in parts. You have been warned! 

Mamma's special mentions: Stop in The Basin on your way through and get some treats from the bakery or have a little play at The Basin Triangle Playground. 

the nitty gritty

toilets at both car parks - picnic tables - great views - fire pits - bush play - walking tracks nearby - grassy areas for play - no dogs permitted 

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Doongalla Forest Road, Mount Dandenong

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