Dandenong Creek

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Dandenong (Narra Narrawong,[1] Dandinnong[2])
Dand-y-non, Tanjenong[1]
Dandenong creek and pedestrian bridge at Dandenong Park.png
Dandenong Creek channeled as an urban stream in Dandenong
Name origin: Aboriginal Bunwurrung: "high" or "lofty"[1]
Country Australia
State Victoria
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
 - location near Heathmont
 - elevation 556 m (1,824 ft)
 - coordinates 37°50′8″S 145°15′25″E / 37.83556°S 145.25694°E / -37.83556; 145.25694
Mouth confluence with the Eumemmerring Creek to form the Patterson River
 - location southwest of Bangholme
 - elevation 6 m (20 ft)
 - coordinates 38°2′37″S 145°10′29″E / 38.04361°S 145.17472°E / -38.04361; 145.17472Coordinates: 38°2′37″S 145°10′29″E / 38.04361°S 145.17472°E / -38.04361; 145.17472
Length 53 km (33 mi)
Dandenong Creek is located in Victoria
Dandenong Creek
Location of the Dandenong Creek mouth in Victoria

The Dandenong Creek (Aboriginal Bunwurrung: Narra Narrawong[1] or Dandinnong[2]) is an urban creek[3] of the Port Phillip catchment, located in the eastern and south-eastern Greater Melbourne region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Location and features[edit]

Dandenong Creek has its headwaters in the Dandenong Ranges near Olinda, within the Dandenong Ranges National Park and is sourced by downstream flows from the Bungalook Creek. 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 Bangholme. The creek descends approximately 550 metres (1,800 ft) over its course of 53 kilometres (33 mi).[1]

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.[5]

The creek is also the home of one of the largest remaining populations of Yarra Gum.[6]

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 Bayswater known as Old Joe's Creek, where a bad smell occurs.[citation needed]


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".[1]


The first European to see the creek near its source was in 1839 and is believed to be Daniel Bunce, a botanist.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Snapshot of Dandenong Creek" (PDF). Fact sheet. Melbourne Water. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Dandenong Creek: 13888: Historical information". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 August 2011. Archived from the original on 13 April 2014. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Dandenong Creek: 13888". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 11 April 2014. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Map of Dandenong Creek, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Dandenong Creek". Rivers and Creeks. Melbourne Water. Retrieved 4 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "Flora and Fauna: Significant Plant Species". Archived from the original on 28 August 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2007. 

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