However much I love Melbourne, 5 weeks in the city takes its toll. With the city surrounded by beautiful National Parkland, we jumped on the train and sped off in search of fresh air and Australian countryside.
Dandenong National Park is easily in reach of Melbourne’s CBD. We hopped on a train and sped through the suburbs for an hour before emerging at Upper Fern Tree Gulley, one of the gateways to the park.
The journey is covered by Melbourne’s travel zones so a return trip cost under £4. Bargain!
The first track we tackled was the Kokoda Memorial Walk (or 1000 Steps). Well, we thought we did but more on that later…
The path was steep and a horrific reminder of how unfit I’ve become. Luckily there were plenty of rest-stops!
The trail is dedicated to the Australian soldiers who followed the eponymous trek in Papua New Guinea and the multitude of battles which were fought along the way. I’m not entirely sure what this patch of woodland has in common with Papua New Guinea, but the thought was nice.
Becoming agitated with the crowds on the Kokoda Trail we peeled off deeper into the woods.
On our way back, we stumbled upon the actual 1000 Steps trail, we had skirted it on the way up following the parallel path instead. We were so glad that we found it! It was gorgeous.
The trail even treated us to this pretty triple!
We had been in our Melbourne-bubble and been so focused on settling that we’ve forgotten that we are still travellers.
It’s made us even more excited to hit the road and continue on our Australian journey!