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Kalorama-Doongalla Loop

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This is a short run through the Dandenong Ranges to the historic Doongalla Homestead site.


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7.1

Miles

11.4

KM

83%

Runnable

1,930' 588 m

High

1,063' 324 m

Low

1,405' 428 m

Up

1,338' 408 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

This is not recommended on high bushfire risk days.

Overview

Run through the beautiful Australian bush while catching glimpses of magnificent views across Metropolitan Melbourne and the bay beyond. Pass the site of a plane crash some 80 years ago before reaching the old Doongalla Homestead site.

Need to Know

Bring your own drinking water as there is none available at the site.

Description

Starting from the parking area, follow the Old Mountain Road to shortly make a left onto Fireline Track. Follow Fireline Track through rolling forested hills before catching the Dacite Track on your left.

Dacite Track lasts for only a short while before using the Rankin Track to dive down a steep hill to a connection with the Camelia Track.

Camelia Track continues through more of the same forest and descending terrain until reaching one of the highlights of the run: Doongalla Homestead.

At the site, enjoy a snack in the picnic area while you investigate the remnants of an original bush homestead. When you're ready to continue, find the Zig Zag Track to begin a steady climb through switchbacking terrain to another junction with the Dacite Track and the trail's end into the Kyeema Track.

Traversing rolling terrain yet again, the Kyeema Track follows a leafy, pleasant path to the junction with Trig Track and the final leg of the journey back to the car.

Flora & Fauna

Kangaroos, wallaby, koalas, kookaburras, and cockatoos all can be seen on this trail.

History & Background

The old Doongalla Homestead site marks the original spot where the homestead was destroyed in a bush fire in the 1930s.

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Juliette P

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Kookaburra sits on the old gym tree - at Burke's Lookout
Aug 16, 2017 near Mount D…, AU
Matt from Parks Victoria takes you on a visual and informational tour of Dandenong Ranges National Park.
Aug 11, 2017 near Kalorama, AU

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Jan 28, 2021
Claire Grogan
Started at the old mountain track, very steep in sections both incline and decline. Good spot half way to break the journey, picnic tables and toil… 7.1mi — 2h 03m
May 25, 2019
Anton Klimenko
7mi — 1h 16m
Dec 25, 2018
Kenny Cheng