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Sport and Recreation

Sport and Recreation

Walking

Walking is a great form of transport, exercise and leisure.  It is simple, inexpensive, achievable and easy. There are many great health benefits as regular walking can reduce the risk of health disease, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and some types of cancer.  Regular walking is also a great way for reducing stress, increasing energy levels and stimulating the mind. 

The Greater Dandenong Walking Strategy has been developed with the aim to increase the number of people walking by activating places, spaces and people through increased promotion, as well as increased access and opportunity to walk.


Council walking paths

There are numerous walking and shared paths within the municipality that provide connectivity to shopping centres, schools and residential areas.

For longer walks, there is a network of shared paths within the City of Greater Dandenong. You can view these paths by downloading the City of Greater Dandenong TravelSmart Map (PDF - 5MB). This map provides sustainable transport information on a pocket-sized street map.

You can also pick up a hard copy of the TravelSmart map at one of our customer service centres.


Council walking tours

The City of Greater Dandenong runs a number of cultural and food tours that give you the opportunity to explore some our cultural precincts on foot.

Little India cultural tour
Afghan Bazaar cultural tour
Sensational Springvale cultural tour


Alex Wilkie Nature Reserve also offers guided walking tours, where they describe the natural fauna and flora of the local environment.


Local walking groups

There are a variety of walking groups in the Greater Dandenong area. Whether your interest is social or for fitness there is a walk to suit you. The walks take place at different times throughout the week, at a number of locations, both indoors and outdoors.

Parkmore Community Walk
Tuesdays, 7.30am–8.30am
Parkmore Shopping Centre, Cheltenham Road, Keysborough
Free weekly indoor walking program. Warm up and cool down exercise led by a qualified instructor.
Contact Parkmore Shopping Centre customer service on 9798 9494 to register.

Ramblers Walking Group
Tuesdays, 9am–11am
Noble Park Community Centre, Ross Reserve, Memorial Drive, Noble Park
Friendly social group that meet at the Community Centre and walk around the local area.  Excursions are organised the last Tuesday of the month.  
Contact Nina on 9547 5801

Redlegs Walking Group
Thursdays, 10am
Dandenong Oasis Leisure Centre
Free all abilities weekly walking group.
Contact Peter on 0407 848 181

Dandenong Plaza Pacers Walk
Thursdays, 7.30am–8.30am
Level 2 (Myer entrance), Dandenong Plaza Shopping Centre, McCrae Street, Dandenong
Free weekly indoor walking program with warm up and cool down exercise led by a qualified instructor.
Contact Dandenong Plaza customer service on 9792 0130 to register.

Life Activities Club Dandenong (over 50s)
Fridays, 9am (half day walks)
Membership and joining fees apply.
Contact Ron Wardell on 9795 5736

University of the Third Age Dandenong
Paddy O’Donoghue Centre, 18 Buckley Street
Weekly walking group. $40 annual membership which entitles members to attend any activities in which there is a vacancy.
Contact University of the Third Age on 9546 2997

Dandenong Valley Bushwalking Club Inc.
Bush walking activities.
Contact John Freeman on 9546 3514 or dandenongvalleybwc@yahoo.com.au

Active Travel

The City of Greater Dandenong encourages schools, early years and workplaces to promote active travel.  Active travel means getting to your destination through any active means such as walking or cycling.  Active travel improves physical and mental wellbeing, reduces congestion and improves community safety. 

The City of Greater Dandenong endorses the following initiatives and can offer additional support and incentives to schools, services and workplaces who want to get involved:

Schools

Walk to School

Smart Steps for Schools

Ride2School

National Walk Safely To School Day

 Workplaces

Smart Steps for Business

Ride2Work

 You can find out about the benefits of active travel by viewing the Walk to School Greater Dandenong video. 

 To find out about active travel support for early years, schools and workplaces, contact healthandwellbeing@cgd.vic.gov.au.