Much is said about the beauty of the Dandenong Ranges, but there’s more to the ‘Nongs’ than magnificent forests and scenic drives.
Here are 10 interesting Dandenong Ranges facts you may not be aware of.
1. It all started with a bang
The Dandenong Ranges were formed by a volcano and its lava flows.
This volcano was last active 373 million years ago.
Aeons of erosion have created the slopes and deep gullies we see today.
4. Two names
Two names have been used to refer to the ranges:
- Corhanwarrabul (traditional)
- Dandenong Ranges (adopted after settlement)
Both names are derived from the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people. Sadly, the meaning of the word ‘Dandenong’ has been lost in time.
Snow typically falls in the Dandenong Ranges 1 – 2 times a year.
This is most common at higher elevations, between the winter months of June and October.
6. Early parklands
Such is the beauty of the Dandenong Ranges that much of the area was protected by parklands as early as 1882.
One of the first of these parklands was in Ferntree Gully where the 1000 Steps / Kakoda Memorial Trail can be found.
7. TV Antennas
The first TV transmission mast was erected on Mt. Dandenong in 1956 when television came to Melbourne.
Today there are several TV and FM Radio towers in the ranges.
10. The magic of the hills
Wicca and Pagan devotees have long believed the Dandenong Ranges are a powerful source of magic.
One of Australia’s most famous Witches, Kerry Culkins (dec) established a Magic Shop in Belgrave, and it still exists today.
Kerry’s niece, Sarah, a 7th Generation Kulkens Psychic, continues her aunt’s legacy.
And so ends Ferny Hill Retreat’s 10 interesting facts about the Dandenong Ranges.
Drop us a comment if any of these facts gave you an, “Oh wow!” moment.
And we’d love to hear of any other interesting facts about the ‘Nongs’ that we didn’t cover.