Doongalla Stables Extended Loop

4 h 30 min to 6 h 30 min

12.7 km
circuit

↑ 663 m
↓ -663 m

Moderate track
Starting near the Doongalla Stables Picnic Area, at the end of Doongalla Forest Road, Mount Dandenong, this walk takes you on a generous loop within the Dandenong Ranges National Park via the Stables, Edgar, Camelia, Fireline and Dacite tracks. Enjoy this hike through the Doongalla Forest, surrounded by ferns, trees, and birds, with beautiful views along the way. The trail is wide, flat and well signposted. It has some challenging hills, and is suited for moderately fit walkers. 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 At the intersection of Doongalla Road & Stables Track (-37.8471531,145.3442923)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Burwood Highway, 26
  • Turn on to Dorset Road then drive for 2.6 km
  • Turn right onto Boronia Road, 36 and drive for another 530 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Boronia Road, 36 and drive for another 590 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Forest Road, 36 and drive for another 1.9 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Basin - Olinda Road and drive for another 650 m
  • Turn left onto Sheffield Road and drive for another 430 m
  • Turn right onto Doongalla Road and drive for another 560 m
  • Keep left onto Simpsons Road and drive for another 2.1 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Doongalla Road & Stables Track Start heading along Doongalla Road (a service road).
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Stables Track & Doongalla Road) turn sharp right, to head along Stables Track (a vehicle track).
After another 50 m to find the car park.
After another 8 m pass the water tap (15 m on your right).
Then pass the toilet (7 m on your left). This toilet is male and female.
After another 860 m (at the intersection of Bills Track & Stables Track) continue straight, to head along Bills Track.
After another 480 m (at the intersection of Edgar Track & Bills Track) turn right, to head along Edgar Track.
After another 680 m continue straight, to head along Edgar Track.
After another 165 m continue straight, to head along Edgar Track.
After another 90 m turn right.
After another 150 m veer right, to head along Edgar Track.
After another 35 m continue straight, to head along Edgar Track.
After another 360 m (at the intersection of Edgar Track & Camelia Track) turn around, to head along Camelia Track.
After another 240 m (at the intersection of Camelia Track & Rankin Track) continue straight, to head along Camelia Track.
After another 10 m continue straight, to head along Camelia Track.
After another 120 m (at the intersection of Camelia Track & Birthday Hill Track) continue straight, to head along Camelia Track.
After another 360 m continue straight, to head along Camelia Track.
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Camelia Track & Glasgow Track) continue straight, to head along Camelia Track.
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Fireline Track & Dacite Track) continue straight, to head along Fireline Track.
After another 280 m (014Link Track on right) veer left, to head along Link Track.
Then head down the very steep (20% ~ 11.3°) incline (about 170 m long)
At the intersection of Link Track & Singleton Terrace turn right, to head along Singleton Terrace.
After another 55 m continue straight, to head along Singleton Terrace.
After another 360 m (at the intersection of Singleton Terrace & Box Track) continue straight, to head along Singleton Terrace.
After another 580 m (at the intersection of Singleton Terrace & Marshall Terrace) continue straight, to head along Singleton Terrace.
After another 1.3 km (at the intersection of Fireline Track & Singleton Terrace) continue straight, to head along Singleton Terrace.
After another 480 m head through/around the gate.
After another 335 m (at the intersection of Old Mountain Road & Singleton Terrace) continue straight, to head along Singleton Terrace.
After another 15 m (at the intersection of Singleton Terrace & Fireline Track) veer left, to head along Fireline Track.
After another 540 m continue straight, to head along Fireline Track.
After another 490 m (at the intersection of Fireline Track & Observatory Track) continue straight, to head along Fireline Track.
After another 1.1 km (014Link Track on right) continue straight, to head along Fireline Track.
After another 280 m (at the intersection of Fireline Track & Dacite Track) continue straight, to head along Camelia Track.
After another 90 m (at the intersection of Glasgow Track & Camelia Track) turn left, to head along Glasgow Track (a walking track).
After another 150 m (at the intersection of Glasgow Track & Dacite Track) turn right, to head along Dacite Track (a vehicle track).
After another 510 m (at the intersection of Rankin Track & Dacite Track) turn left, to head along Dacite Track.
After another 410 m (at the intersection of Dacite Track & Zig Zag Track) continue straight, to head along Channel 10 Track.
After another 610 m (at the intersection of Channel 10 Track & Dandenong Creek Track) turn right, to head along Channel 10 Track.
After another 20 m veer right, to head along Channel 10 Track.
After another 420 m continue straight, to head along Channel 10 Track.
After another 125 m continue straight, to head along Channel 10 Track.
After another 55 m head through/around the gate.
At the intersection of Doongalla Road & Channel 10 Track veer left, to head along Doongalla Road (a service road).
After another 50 m pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
Continue straight, to head along Doongalla Road.
After another 20 m continue straight, to head along Doongalla Road.
After another 170 m (at the intersection of Camelia Track & Doongalla Road) continue straight, to head along Doongalla Road.
After another 235 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Doongalla Stables Extended Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 12.7 km
Time 4 h 30 min to 6 h 30 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (2/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 4.2 km apart with the largest gap of 12.2 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
70 m[toilet]
Toilet
12.3 km[toilet]
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