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Mount Dandenong is a suburb and geographical area in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

Mount Dandenong is also a mountain which is 633 metres tall, upon which the suburb is located.

Light to moderate Snow falls has been recorded on Mount Dandenong once every couple of winters. Mount Dandenong experienced snow fall on Christmas Day 2006, which was considered unusual for summer in Australia.

Originally the town was to be named Mount Corhanwarrabul, but due to the problems that were foreseen with the spelling and pronunciation of this name, the Surveyor-General's office opted to name it Mount Dandenong. Though today there is still a Mount Corhanwarrabul, which is on the site of Burkes' Lookout.The town of Mt. Dandenong was settled in 1893, along with a neighbouring town, Olinda. It was around this time that the Government established ten acre farms that would be used to harvest timber.

By 1900 the town had its own post office, general store and primary school.

In 1922 The first Motorcars were see in operation in Mount Dandenong

Around 2002 it was proposed that the word ''Melbourne'' be erected in large letters at the peak of the Mountain in the style of the Hollywood sign, visible from the city centre. However this was met with outrage from local residents and was not pursued

Other attractions include parks, forests, an arboretum, numerous lookout and many restaurants. The William Ricketts Sanctuary is situated on the East face of Mount Dandenong. It is a unique park with over 93 ceramic sculptures woven into the eucalyptus forest.

Close to the summit of the mountain sits the SkyHigh Mt. Dandenong restaurant, gardens and maze, re-opened in 2005.

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