The stunning Kokoda Track Memorial Walk (incorporating the 1000 Steps) reopened in October 2022. The track was impacted by the 2021 storms, causing significant damage to the famous walking track.

Visitors will again experience the popular destination 1,000 Steps at the Dandenong Ranges National Park as it reopens. The unique walking track has reopened after a $76.5 million recovery process backed by the Victorian Government.

The 1000 Steps Walk an institution for fitness enthusiasts across Melbourne. Making the 3km trek one of the most popular spots in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, its steep terrain is not to be underestimated. But this suits many who are often preparing to undertake the real “Kokoda Track”.

Created in the early 1900s, the 1000 Steps Walk was originally made from the trunks of tree ferns laid along the wetter areas of the track to make the 290-metre ascent somewhat easier. These have been replaced by a combination of wooden steps and concrete sections over time to ensure that the track can cater for users year-round in all weather.

The 1000 Steps follow a creek alignment up through the wet fern gully; walkers/runners will experience filtered sunlight through the Tree Ferns and Manna Gum as they make their way up. There is always a range of native wildlife, from birdlife to even the odd Lyrebird.

Once at the top, you can take the Lyrebird Track, which makes a great return circuit, or continue on some 800m to One Tree Hill.

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