Kalorama to Sassafras via the Kyeema Track

2 h 45 min to 4 h 30 min
1 h 30 min to 2 h 15 min

8.3 km
oneway

↑ 359 m
↓ -430 m

Hard track
This track starts near the Kalorama CFA on Ridge Road, Kalorama, leading to Sassafras via the Kyeema Track. The Kyeema Track is named after the Australian National Airways plane that crashed into Mt. Dandenong on October 25, 1938. Embark on this quiet and peaceful walk that leads you through the Dandenong Ranges, between tall mountain ash, gum trees and gullies of tree ferns, presenting spectacular views of the surrounding landscape throughout. Along the way, you'll find Bourke's Lookout, which provides a panoramic view across metropolitan Melbourne. Some parts of the walk are challenging, with a lot of steep inclines and declines on mostly gravel tracks. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-37.8232096,145.3615092)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Maroondah Highway, 34
  • Turn on to 62 then drive for 8.4 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Mount Dandenong Road, 62 and drive for another 1.2 km
  • Turn left onto Mount Dandenong Road, C401, C415 and drive for another 510 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, C415 and drive for another 990 m
  • Keep right onto Old Coach Road and drive for another 220 m
  • Keep right onto Old Coach Road and drive for another 305 m
  • Turn left onto Old Coach Road and drive for another 1.6 km
  • Turn sharp right onto Old Coach Road and drive for another 295 m
  • Turn right onto Ridge Road, C403 and drive for another 810 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 7 m
  • Turn right and drive for another 2 m
Finish (-37.8623901,145.3527486)
Mode (end) Car Shuttle   Car  
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 10 m veer right.
After another 6 m pass the car park (on your left).
After another 20 m head through/around the gate.
After another 15 m turn sharp left, to head along Trig Track.
After another 60 m continue straight, to head along Trig Track.
After another 530 m (at the intersection of Kyeema Track & Trig Track) veer right, to head along Kyeema Track (a vehicle track).
After another 25 m (at the intersection of Kyeema Track & Trig Track) continue straight, to head along Kyeema Track.
After another 265 m continue straight, to head along Kyeema Track.
After another 40 m (at the intersection of Observatory Track & Kyeema Track) continue straight, to head along Kyeema Track.
After another 950 m continue straight.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 20 m veer right, to head along Kyeema Track.
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Kyeema Track.
After another 80 m (at the intersection of Glasgow Track & Kyeema Track) continue straight, to head along Kyeema Track.
After another 30 m continue straight, to head along Kyeema Track.
After another 210 m come to the "Bourke's Lookout".
After another 215 m (at the intersection of Birthday Hill Track & Kyeema Track) continue straight.
After another 250 m continue straight, to head along Zig Zag Track.
After another 610 m (at the intersection of Dacite Track & Zig Zag Track) turn left, to head along Channel 10 Track.
After another 610 m (at the intersection of Channel 10 Track & Dandenong Creek Track) continue straight, to head along Dandenong Creek Track.
After another 30 m continue straight, to head along Dandenong Creek Track.
After another 20 m (at the intersection of Dandenong Creek Track & Toroa Road) continue straight, to head along Dandenong Creek Track.
After another 960 m continue straight, to head along Dandenong Creek Track.
After another 530 m continue straight, to head along Dandenong Creek Track.
After another 300 m veer right, to head along Dandenong Creek Track.
After another 335 m head through/around the gate.
At the intersection of Basin - Olinda Road & Dandenong Creek Track veer left (a walking track).
After another 225 m turn left, to head along Range Road.
After another 110 m (at the intersection of School Track & Range Road) continue straight, to head along School Track.
After another 370 m continue straight, to head along School Track.
After another 205 m continue straight, to head along School Track.
After another 450 m continue straight, to head along School Track.
After another 55 m (at the intersection of Old Coach Road & School Track) turn sharp left, to head along Old Coach Road.
After another 360 m head through/around the gate.
After another 95 m continue straight, to head along Old Coach Road.
After another 160 m (at the intersection of Old Coach Road & Chudleigh Crescent) continue straight, to head along Old Coach Road.
After another 55 m come to the end.
A car park.
About 90 m past the end is a shelter.
About 60 m past the end is "Sassafras Village Green".
About 110 m past the end is a sign.
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Terrain
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Kalorama to Sassafras via the Kyeema Track


Grading
Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 8.3 km
Time 2 h 45 min to 4 h 30 min
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Very steep (4/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one 8.4 km from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Shelter
8.4 km[shelter]
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