The 1,000 Steps / Kokoda Track Memorial Walk is all about steps. 1,000 of them they say but, until you count yourself, you can’t be sure!
Located in what is now known as the Dandenong Ranges National Park, the track was first created in the early 1900’s. Trunks of tree ferns were laid along the wetter areas of the incline to make the climb a little easier. These were replaced by wooden palings and eventually permanent concrete steps were installed.
The walk (climb) is roughly 2.8 km’s long, ending at One Tree Hill, a small picnic ground. Of course, there’s also the 2.8kms back down. This is definetly not the place for Forest Bathing!
The original Kokoda trail is the most famous in Papua New Guinea. It was the location of a World War II battle between Japanese and Australian forces in 1942.
Steep grade. Reasonable fitness level required.
Take a water bottle with you.
Wear sturdy walking shoes.
Location: Dandenong Ranges National Park, Ferntree Gully
Getting there: The car park is on Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, near the Burwood Hwy intersection, Ferntree Gully. If turning from Burwood Hwy onto the Tourist Road, it’s on the left.
Ferny Hill Retreat to 1000 Steps: 26 minutes 19km