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YHA Bushwalking Open Weekend: Dandenong Ranges – 1000 Steps Walk; Sunday


YHA Bushwalking Victoria is organising the Open Weekend for all members and non-members on the weekend of 24-25 February 2024.

The aim is to promote bushwalking activity as well as our YHA Bushwalking club.

Free – For members & non-members

There are going to be 3 walks on each day that will be led by our club’s walk leaders.


Walk Description

The 1000 Steps is probably Melbourne’s most popular bushwalk. Officially the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, walkers love the challenge of the steep trail, locals appreciate the convenience and tourists just want a picture of a gorgeous rainforest walk.

The Kokoda Track Memorial Walk (incorporating the 1000 Steps) departs from Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground, winding up a steep hill along a creek through lush rainforest, before emerging into a clearing where you can enjoy great views of Melbourne through the trees. The loop is completed by taking the Lyrebird Track back to the carpark.

The 3 walks on Sunday 25 Feb will be:


09.30 am – Longer Extended 1000 Steps Walk
Distance: TBA
Duration: approx. 5-6 hours
Grade: Medium


12.00 pm – Extended 1000 Steps Walk
Distance: TBA
Duration: approx. 4 hours
Grade: Easy-Medium


2.00 pm – 1,000 Steps Walk
Distance: TBA
Duration: approx. 1.5 – 2 hours
Grade: Easy



Make your own way to the walk location by car or public transport (your choice).

For those who intend to travel by public transport, the Upper Ferntree Gully station is about 1.7kms away from the start of the walk.



Booking is required for this walk. Please indicate what similar walks you have done recently (i.e. in the past few months) to give the leader confidence that you are capable of doing this one. Refer to Walking Grades which, in conjunction with the walk description, will help you assess whether you have the required walking fitness and experience to do this walk.

The Leader will confirm your acceptance on the walk, or not, via email.  The leader will provide details of where and when to meet.

By booking into this event you acknowledge that you agree to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Booking Fee:
Members: free.     Non-members: free.

If you need to cancel, please advise the leader as soon as possible, so that someone else has the opportunity.


What to bring

• Day pack
• Sufficient water (2 litres, more on hot summer days)
• Lunch and snacks
• Hat, sun screen
• Suitable outdoor clothing (no jeans/sneakers!)
• Rainwear & warm jacket
• Proper walking shoes/boots
• Hand Sanitiser

Refer to our Gear Checklist page for more details.   If you are not properly equipped, the walk leader can decide not to let you participate on this walk.


Safety and Ambulance Insurance

We strongly recommend that you have Ambulance cover. If conditions are hazardous, the walk may be cancelled. If any doubts at all, check your emails the night before and the morning of the event. For more details refer to Joining a walk and your safety

If you are Covid-19 positive, have any Covid-19 symptoms or are a contact of someone with Covid-19, please follow the instructions in the Coronavirus Victoria website.


Still have questions?

Check out What happens on a walk.

Check out Day walks and social activities.

Members who wish to submit photos for social media or Yeti should refer to Member Resources.

Contact the leader using the “Enquiry” button.

Activity Date(s)


February 25, 2024 9:30 am


February 25, 2024 4:00 pm







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