“The 1000 Steps Kokoda Walk is a unique and well-loved tourist destination in the Dandenong Ranges.”
— Juliette P
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This is not suitable for prams or wheelchairs.
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 and 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 in 1942.
Need to Know
To complete the 1000 Steps, you'll need a good level of fitness and 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.
Lastly, take caution in the wet as the steps can become quite slippery.
Depending on your fitness, the whole loop can take between 20 to 90 minutes to complete. Many runners walk up the steps, but those who are a little fitter may be able to run. However, this can be dangerous if there are too many people on site, so take caution.
Start out at the car park and stop to take a look at the memorial, which gives information about the run and why it is special to Australians in remembering those who fought in Kokoda during World War II.
After doing so, head on up the steps to the top of the mountain at One Tree Hill. At the top, take a well-earned rest before heading down.
On the way down, take the Lyrebird Track
, which is a wide track unlike the narrow steps from before, and as a result makes it much easier to pass people.
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 the war.