Viewpoints in the Dandenongs
Viewpoints over Melbourne, towards Mornington Peninsula or out to the Yarra Valley and the Great Dividing Range… take your pick. We have some of the prettiest views in the country up here in the Dandenongs.
Burkes lookout is my favourite for views across Melbourne and the Hamer is one of the best for views out across the Valley. John Hill has panoramic views across to Western Port Bay and also back over to the valley. Skyhigh, Mount Dandenong, has the best of both worlds with smashing views by day or night across the city, out to Port Phillip Bay and over to the You Yangs, Macedon Ranges, Kinglake and around to the Yarra Valley.
At the end of the page, there is an interactive map of viewpoint locations.
7 Superb viewpoints in the Dandenong Ranges:
Burkes Lookout: A short and sweet walk along Kyeema Track to Burkes lookout and there you have superb views. No seats, toilets, cafes… sit on a rock or the grass and enjoy.
Hamer Arboretum: Stunning views across the valley and arboretum. Bbq’s, picnic tables and public toilets available.
Johns Hill Reserve: Panoramic vistas out across Western Port Bay and the Mornington Peninsula plus views across the valley too. Picnic tables available.
Old Olinda Golf Course: Take a walk on the old golf course and enjoy some incredible views out across the Silvan Dam and Yarra Valley. Golf has not been played here for a number of years and it is a fantastic spot for a walk, with or without a dog. The area is starting to be known as ‘The Olinda Common’. A place for everyone to enjoy.
Thank you to the Olinda Golf Course Community Action Group on Facebook for allowing us to use this wonderful photo and the one used as the feature image.
Serenity Point – National Rhododendron Gardens: Serenity Point is a popular spot in the Rhododendron Gardens with spectacular views across towards the Yarra Valley. Pack a picnic or stop in at the cafe and enjoy the gardens in all seasons, especially in spring and autumn.
SkyHigh Mount Dandenong: A wonderful spot for views across Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay, the You Yangs, Mt Macedon and the King Lake region. Superb views by day or night! A small parking fee does apply and public transport buses have a route up to Mt Dandenong too. BBQ’s, restaurants, tables and toilets available. There is also a maze and a secret garden to explore.
Thank you to the SkyHigh Mt Dandenong Management for providing these stunning images.
5 Ways, Kalorama: Another grand old favourite. Views across to Silvan Reservoir and out to the valley. A nearby cafe, bbq’s below and public toilets. Situated on the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, it is an easy viewpoint to access.
|5 Ways, Kalorama |
5 Ways, Kalorama. Another famous viewpoint in the Dandenongs. Overlooking the Silvan Dam and the Yarra Valley.
|Burkes Lookout |
Burkes Lookout - Wonderful views over Melbourne and out to the bay. Parking and walk notes.
|Hamer Arboretum - Woolrich Lookout |
Hamer Arboretum and the Woolrich lookout. Stunning views across to the valley and Great Dividing Range. Ideal for watching the moon rise too...
|Johns Hill Reserve |
Johns Hill Reserve has the best of both worlds. From the car park, views stretch across to Western Port Bay and the Mornington Peninsula. Cross the road and a panoramic vista of the valley and beyond sprawls out in front of you.
|Old Olinda Golf Course |
Old Olinda Golf course - A fabulous place to walk your dog or just walk yourselves! A number of views looking out over the Valley can be found throughout the golf course.
|Serenity Point |
Serenity Point, National Rhododendron Gardens, Olinda. A wonderful spot to take a picnic and enjoy the gardens. The viewpoint is a popular area of the gardens. Check gate closing times into the gardens, free entry. Toilets and cafe on site.
|Skyhigh Mount Dandenong |
Skyhigh Mount Dandenong - Famous for views during the day and by night. There is a parking charge at Skyhigh.