|Etymology||Aboriginal Bunwurrung: "high" or "lofty"|
|Native name||Narra Narrawong, Dandinnong|
|Region||South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), Greater Melbourne|
|Local government area||City of Monash|
|2nd source||Bungalook Creek|
|• location||near Heathmont|
|• elevation||556 m (1,824 ft)|
|Mouth||confluence with the Eumemmerring Creek to form the Patterson River|
|southwest of Bangholme|
|6 m (20 ft)|
|Length||53 km (33 mi)|
|River system||Port Phillip catchment|
|• left||Corhanwarrabul Creek, Blind Creek, Old Joes Creek, Dobsons Creek|
|• right||Mordialloc Creek, Mile Creek, Heatherdale Creek, Bungalook Creek, Little Bungalook Creek|
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 east coast state of Victoria. The creek descends approximately 550 metres (1,800 ft) over its course of 53 kilometres (33 mi).
Location and features
Dandenong Creek has its headwaters in the Dandenong Ranges near Olinda within the Dandenong Ranges National Park. The creek first flows westwards, sourced by downstream flows from the Dobson Creek, Little Bungalook Creek, Tarralla/Bungalook Creek and Heatherdale Creek, before turning southwards at the junction between Ringwood, Vermont and Wantirna. It then flows meandrously to the south, joined by the Blind Creek (near Jells Park) and Corhanwarrabul Creek (at the Tirhatuan Wetlands), turning shortly westwards again at Dandenong Park to pick up the Mile Creek (near the junction of EastLink and Dandenong Bypass), and giving off Mordialloc Creek (near the junction between Dandenong South, Keysborough and Bangholme) before reaching its confluence with the Eumemmerring Creek in northeastern Bangholme to form the man-made Patterson River, which drains southwest through Bangholme, Patterson Lakes, Bonbeach and Carrum into Beaumaris Bay, an eastern bight of Port Phillip Bay north of the Mornington Peninsula.
The creek is also the home of one of the largest remaining populations of Yarra Gum, and a series of linear parks, nature reserves and wetlands are located along it. A bike path known as the Dandenong Creek Trail runs alongside for a significant distance.
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. An industrial wastewater stream known as Old Joes Creek flows into Dandenong Creek, with its confluence in Bayswater. This drain runs underground for much of its course, running in a westerly direction and servicing several industrial estates in the catchment of Dandenong Creek. The tributary is commonly polluted with heavy metals, and authorities have made several attempts to prevent pollution which spreads downstream into Dandenong Creek.
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".
The list below notes current bridges that cross over the Dandenong Creek. Some are road and rail bridges, whilst others are pedestrian and equestrian crossings.
Patterson River to Dandenong Valley Parklands
|Old Perry Road||Bangholme||Ruins of old Perry Road bridge over Dandenong Creek|
|Gippsland Railway bridge||Bridge carrying the Gippsland line over the creek|
|Lonsdale Street pedestrian bridge||Footbridge over the creek along Lonsdale Street|
|Lonsdale Street||The crossing of the Princes Highway, locally named Lonsdale Street|
|Dandenong Creek Trail|
|Dandenong Park footbridge|
|Dandenong Workers Social Club footbridge||Footbridge between the Dandenong Workers Social Club and their golf course|
|Heatherton Road||Dandenong North|
|Police Road Retarding Basin||Mulgrave||There is a path along the basin wall, enabling pedestrian crossing of the creek|
Dandenong Valley Parklands
|Dandenong Valley wetland trail||2010||Scoresby||Shared path over the creek|
|Ferntree Gully Road|
|Dandenong Creek Trail|
|Patterson's Bridge||Wantirna South||Part of Dandenong Creek Trail|
|High Street Road footbridge||Footbridge linking Napier Park with Nortons Park|
|Burwood Highway||Vermont South|
|Dandenong Creek Trail|
Dandenong Valley Parklands to Mount Dandenong
|EastLink Trail||Section of the EastLink Trail linking Winton Wetlands with Campbells Croft Reserve|
|Marlborough Road footbridge||Heathmont||Footbridge at the end of Marlborough Road|
|H.E. Parker Reserve footbridge||Footbridge connecting the Dandenong Creek Trail with H.E. Parker Reserve|
|Belgrave railway line||Bayswater North|
|Tarralla Creek Trail|
|Colchester Road||Kilsyth South|
|Liverpool Road Retarding Basin wall||Boronia||Path along basin wall provides crossing over the creek|
|Liverpool Road Retarding Basin footbridge||Footbridge inside the retarding basin provides crossing over the creek|
|Liverpool Road||The Basin|
|Dobson Lane||Dobson Lane|
|Edgar Track||Mount Dandenong|
|Doongalla Forest access road|
|Dandenong Creek Track||Olinda|
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