Public Transport to the Dandenong Ranges
The most direct access to the Dandenong Ranges, on public transport, is to take the train to Upper Ferntree Gully station and catch a connecting bus into the hills or go a little further on the train to Belgrave where buses connect. It is also easy to walk directly into the forest from Belgrave or Upper Ferntree Gully.
There is a train service to Croydon and a connecting bus coming up from the other side of the mountain through Montrose. A bus service also runs from Lilydale train station through Monbulk to Belgrave.
Many of the picnic grounds in the Dandenongs can be accessed by public transport as well as all the villages and starting points for many of the bushwalking tracks.
Please check bus timetables either online via the links below or at a local station.
Getting to the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens (Rhododendron Gardens)
The best way to get to the gardens via public transport is to take the train to either Upper Ferntree Gully or Croydon and then hop on the bus ( Route 688 ) to Olinda.
From Olinda, walk past the main shops and along Olinda-Monbulk Road until reaching the corner of the Georgian Road on the left (near the Olinda Hall). Walk down the Georgian a short way to the entrance of the gardens.
Don’t rely on Google as you may be sent further away with a lot more walking to get there – although, the walk is nice.
Dandenong Ranges Taxi Services
Upper Ferntree Gully – Phone: 97536933
Emerald Taxi Service
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