This Featured Run content
still in development or in editorial review.
“The 1000 Steps Kokoda Walk is a unique and well loved tourist destination in the Dandenong Ranges.”
— Juliette P
Located within the Dandenong Ranges National Park, the 1000 Steps Kokoda Walk is a unique and renowned tourist spot in the Dandenong Ranges.
Start out at the car park and stop take a look at the memorial information which gives information about the run and why it is special to Australians in remembering those who fought in Kokoda during World War 11. Then head on up the steps to the top of the mountain at One Tree Hill. On the way down take the Lyrebird track which is a wide track unlike the steps which are narrow making it hard to pass others on the way up or down. At the top take a well earned rest before heading down.
Features: Birding — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs
Need to Know
No dogs allowed. Terrain is steep and can be slippery when wet.
This track gets very congested, so if you're going to try and run it you should go early to respect other users.
The 1000 Steps boasts the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, a popular running trail in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne. The Kokoda Track is a beautiful running track which winds its way through forested areas, bushland to the top at One Tree Hill. Whilst there, take some time to read the memorial information to learn a little about the conditions experienced by the Australian soldiers during 1942.
To complete the 1000 Steps, you'll need a good level of fitness and wear appropriate running shoes as the ground is uneven and rocky. Come to the Steps and put your fitness to the test, although there are a number of shady rest stops along the way for those who need a rest. Make sure to bring your own bottle of water as there are no water fountains on the trail.
Depending on your fitness, the steps can take between 20 minutes to 1.5hrs to complete the return trip. Many people walk up the steps, but those who are a little fitter may run although this can be dangerous if there are too many people on site, so take caution.
History & Background
The track is a memorial to the Australian soldiers who fought in World War 2 in Kokoda, PNG. It provides a small insight into the conditions experienced by the Australian soldiers during 1942