Family Time and 1000 Steps



Have you ever had those days when you just have to get out?

I had that feeling recently and the need to be at one with nature got me out and on to a drive with the family to 1000 steps at Ferntree Gully.

Sometimes we get so busy in our lives that we forget to take a minute and breathe to appreciate everything around us.

How beautiful it was, under the massive shade of big old trees. The almost quietness and the fresh smell from a mix of both the wet and dry Eucalyptus forest and its surrounding towering ferns.

My son was ready for an adventure, so off he ran to explore the huge ferns and forest creeks while my younger Miss was feeling less excited and preferred to be piggy backed up the steps. I suppose it’s not for everyone but hey at least we are together. Lucky I was in a happy place and frame of mind as those steps are less than ideal when there is an extra 18kgs on your back. 


Just a quick history behind the place for those who are interested… 

Created in the early 1900s, 1000 steps walk was originally made from the trunks of tree ferns laid along the wetter areas of the track to make the climb a little easier. These were replaced by wooden palings before the more permanent concrete steps were installed in 1950. 

Due to the similarity of the walk to the first 100 metres of the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, the Victorian veterans of the Kokoda campaign adopted this park as their memorial site in 1998. They then established of the 14 plaques along the walk dedicated to those Australian Military Forces who fought and died on Kokoda. 

The 1000 steps represent the “Golden Staircase” a name given by Australian soldiers to the 2000 steps cut by the Australian Army Engineers and others into the track between Uberi and Imita Ridge. The ‘Kokoda Track Memorial Walk’ represents an area of historical significance and every effort is undertaken to retain this heritage.

The walk is a ‘must do’ for fitness enthusiasts across Melbourne, making the 3km trek one of the most popular spots in the Dandenong Ranges National Park. 

It can get fairly busy on weekends, so go early, much later or on weekdays.

If you haven’t been there for a visit – go ahead. Try it. It was lovely 🙂 

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