Mount Dandenong, Victoria

Mount Dandenong is a small township/suburb of Greater Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 35 km (22 mi) east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2016 Census, Mount Dandenong had a population of 1,251.

Mount Dandenong
Mt Dandenong from Mooroolbark.jpg
Mount Dandenong from Mooroolbark
Mount Dandenong is located in Victoria
Mount Dandenong
Mount Dandenong
Coordinates37°49′52″S 145°21′36″E / 37.83111°S 145.36000°E / -37.83111; 145.36000Coordinates: 37°49′52″S 145°21′36″E / 37.83111°S 145.36000°E / -37.83111; 145.36000
Population1,251 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density123.9/km2 (320.8/sq mi)
Area10.1 km2 (3.9 sq mi)
Location35 km (22 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)Shire of Yarra Ranges
State electorate(s)Monbulk
Federal Division(s)Casey
Localities around Mount Dandenong:
Montrose Montrose Kalorama
Kilsyth Mount Dandenong Olinda
The Basin Sassafras

Light to moderate snowfalls occur on Mount Dandenong a few times most years, mostly frequently between late winter and late spring. The area around Mount Dandenong experienced a highly unusual summer snow fall on Christmas Day 2006.[2]


Originally the town was to be named Mount Corhanwarrabul, but due to the problems that were foreseen with the spelling and pronunciation of this name, the Surveyor-General's office opted to name it Mount Dandenong. However, today there is still a Mount Corhanwarrabul, which is on the site of Burkes Lookout. The town of Mount Dandenong was settled in 1893, along with a neighbouring town, Olinda. It was around this time that the Government established 10-acre (40,000 m2) farms that would be used to harvest timber.

By around 1900 the town had its own general store and primary school. The Post Office, opened in 1902, was closed and replaced by one at Kalorama in 1991. In 1922 the first motorcars were seen in operation in Mount Dandenong.

In 1938, the 1938 Kyeema Crash occurred eighteen people were killed when the Kyeema, an Australian National Airways DC-2, VH-UYC crashed.

A proposal around 2002 for the building of a large "Melbourne" sign on the mountain, similar to the Hollywood sign, was vigorously opposed and not pursued.[3]


Mount Dandenong has an oceanic climate (Cfb) with warm summers and cool winters. The temperature usually is 3 - 7 °C (5.4 - 12.6 °F) cooler than downtown Melbourne due to its elevation and distance from the urban island heating effect of Melbourne.

Recent snowfallsEdit

  • 2007 - 17 and 18 July[5][6]
  • 2006 - 25 December[2]
  • 2006 - 15 November[7]
  • 2006 - 28 October[8][9]
  • 2005 - 10 August[10]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mount Dandenong (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 August 2020.  
  2. ^ a b Dowsley, Anthony (26 December 2006). "Melbourne shivers at Christmas". Herald Sun. Retrieved 28 December 2006.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Environment CanadaCanadian Climate Normals 1971–2000, accessed 07 July 2009
  5. ^ Webb, Carolyn (18 July 2007). "Wet and white Victoria shivers through coldest day". Retrieved 18 July 2007.
  6. ^ Edmonds, Mike (18 July 2007). "Wintry blast to continue". Herald Sun. Retrieved 18 July 2007.
  7. ^ Wotherspoon, Sarah (15 November 2006). "Rain hits the target". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 14 September 2007. Retrieved 16 November 2006.
  8. ^ "Snow falls in south-east Aust as cold snap bites". ABC News Online. 28 October 2006. Retrieved 16 November 2006.
  9. ^ Borensztain, Jordana (29 October 2006). "Snow, hail...but we're still in longest dry". Herald Sun. Retrieved 16 November 2006.
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