Dandenong is situated 31 km south-east of central Melbourne on the Gippsland railway and Princes Highway. The name is thought to be a corruption of an Aboriginal word meaning lofty mountains, and referred to the ranges 20 km north-west of Dandenong. The country is flat to undulating and was originally densely forested with red gum. The Dandenong Creek rises in the ranges and runs through Dandenong to Carrum on Port Phillip Bay.


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