The original 1000 Steps Walk was created in the early 1900s, a narrow, wet 3km rainforest track winding 290m up a fern tree crested steep incline. In the 1950s rough concrete steps were laid to improve accessibility.
In 1998 the park became a memorial to the Kokoda trail, a fitting place for remembrance. Memorials and plaques share the story of the incomprehensibly fierce and desperate WWII defence of Australia against formidable Japanese forces in what was then the Australian Territory of Papua (Papua New Guinea).
A beautiful and challenging walk, there are small rest areas where you can hop off the narrow path and pause to take in the view. An abundance of ferns and magnificent towering trees make this a really special place.
If you are lucky you may see a beautiful Lyrebird or other Australian native animals such as a Wallaby or Wombat.
The 1000 Steps trail departs from Ferntree Gully Picnic Area at the junction of the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road and the Burwood Highway in Upper Ferntree Gully.
Car parking is limited and this is a popular walk so arrive early. Parking may be available at the One Tree Hill Picnic Ground at the top of the 1000 Steps. Alternatively, the Upper Fern Tree Gully train stations are 1200m from the start of the walk.
A playground with swings is at the start of the walk and is a great place for families to stop on the downhill return leg of the walk.
Public toilets are onsite.