Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Dandenong Ranges

One of my new year's resolution this year is to get active with the boys.

Just a few years ago, during our pre-wedding, pre-parenting days, Gary and I used to do the 1000 steps at the Dandenong Ranges National Park. It's just a mere 15 minutes drive. Oh, how I used to love this hike which is also called the Kokoda Track. It commemorates the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea that honours the Australian men and women who fought in the World War II. The 1000 steps are part of the walk, although I think there are currently only about 800 steps left. Along the way, there are 13 replica plaques that tell the story of the battle at the Kokoda Trail.

The track is moderately steep. Tree ferns, gum trees and blackwood are plentiful. A round trip is about 3km and takes roughly an hour. Our fastest time clocked was about 40 minutes although with my current fitness, I'd be laughing if I could get to the BASE of the steps in 40 minutes!

It's great to be so close to nature, a little getaway from the hustle and bustle and yet only 15 minutes from home. Unfortunately (or fortunately) nowadays whenever we go to this park, it was for a picnic or a sausage sizzle and a play at the foot of the hill.

Yesterday, I took the boys to the park. We didn't do the 1000 steps, but we did a short nature walk. I had Lucas in the BabyBjorn. There are a number of tracks at the national park, some are quite easy. Lachie enjoyed the walk although he needed a little coaxing at first to distract him from the playground. We did the Living Bush Nature Walk with a slight detour and not the entire track. It took us about 30 minutes for a 500m walk but we did stop MANY times to look at rocks, insects, gum leaves, gum nuts, flowers etc.

I hope for this to be a weekly occurrence, and hopefully sometime soon, we'd be able to count 1000 steps! (I don't know how much longer I can carry Lucas in the sling though, he's getting heavy!)

The Dandenong Ranges National Park is located in the Eastern outskirts of Melbourne. It is roughly 40km from the city, driving east on the Eastern Freeway and down Burwood Highway into Upper Ferntree Gully.

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Kadus_Mama said...

yay!!! nice!!! If only im in Australia..

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