|Dandenong (Narra Narrawong, Dandinnong)|
Dandenong Creek channeled as an urban stream in
|Name origin: Aboriginal Bunwurrung: "high" or "lofty"|
|Regions||South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), Greater Melbourne|
|Local government area||City of Monash|
|Part of||Port Phillip catchment|
|- left||Corhanwarrabul Creek|
|Primary source||Dandenong Ranges|
|Secondary source||Bungalook Creek|
|- elevation||96 m (315 ft)|
|Mouth||confluence with the Eumemmerring Creek to form the Patterson River|
|- location||southwest of|
|- elevation||6 m (20 ft)|
|Length||34 km (21 mi)|
The Dandenong Creek (Aboriginal Bunwurrung: Narra Narrawong or Dandinnong) is an urban creek of the Port Phillip catchment, located in the eastern and south-eastern Greater Melbourne region of the Australian state of Victoria.
Location and features
With its headwaters in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges within the Dandenong Ranges National Park sourced by downstream flows from the Bungalook Creek, the Dandenong Creek rises in urban parkland that divides the Melbourne suburbs of and . The creek flows generally south by southwest, joined by the Corhanwarrabul Creek, before reaching its confluence with the Eumemmerring Creek to form the man-made Patterson River southwest of . The creek descends 87 metres (285 ft) over its course that is estimated to range from 34 kilometres (21 mi) to 53 kilometres (33 mi).
The health of the creek in these urban areas ranges from moderate to very poor and has been the focus of a number of clean-up campaigns in recent years.
A bike path known as the Dandenong Creek Trail runs alongside for a significant distance. It also has an industrial wastewater course joining onto it in known as Old Joe's Creek, where a bad smell occurs.
The traditional custodians of the land surrounding what is now known as the Dandenong Creek were the indigenous Bunurong people of the Kulin nation who referred to the creek as Narra Narrawong; while others gave the creek the name Dandenong, sometimes spelled as Dand-y-non or Tanjenong by early settlers, believed to mean "high" or "lofty".
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- Returning Dandenong Creek project
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