Caulfield to Dandenong Open Space

Artist impression of open space


The Level Crossing Removal Project have removed nine dangerous and congested level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong by elevating the rail line in three sections. As well as making the community safer and less congested, the innovative design allowed us to create 22.5 hectares of new community open space.

On 13 November 2017 we released the final designs for the new open space.

The new urban park was completed in late 2018.

'Djerring Trail' connecting our communities

Construction is complete on the open space, which includes seven new recreational areas for the community to enjoy, and a 17-kilometre walking and cycling path which extends from Monash University’s Caulfield Campus to the East Link Trail. More than 12 kilometres of path was built by the project, joining existing paths to create a continuous 17 kilometre route from Caulfield to the EastLink trail, beyond Yarraman Station.

During the consultation program for the project’s 22.5 hectares of new open space, you told us that this path should be named. We received an enormous response from the community to name the shared use path and received close to 2000 votes on the eight proposed names.

The list of names was informed from recommendations from the Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP) and the project team. These proposals complied with the Naming rules for places in Victoria 2016 and there was consultation with the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation and the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Inc with regards to the use of the Aboriginal language words.

The proposed names were:

  • Kerrboo onool Trail (pronounced kerr-boo-oh-nool)
  • Kerrboo onool Rail Trail
  • Djerring Trail (pronounced jer-ring)
  • Djerring Rail Trail
  • Urban Parkland Trail
  • Urban Parkland Rail Trail
  • Eucalyptus Trail
  • Eucalyptus Rail Trail

The overwhelming winner was 'Djerring Trail' receiving over 30% of the total votes. 'Djerring Rail Trail' came in second, giving 'Djerring' a clear preference with over 60% of the total votes combined.

The name has been formally submitted to the Office of Geographic Names, resulting in the Djerring Trail being formally gazetted and taking its place in Melbourne’s history.

'Djerring' is an Aboriginal word from the Bunurong language that translates to the words 'join' or 'unite' and is also interpreted as 'connect'.

The Bunurong are Indigenous Australians of the Kulin nation, who occupy South-Central Victoria, Australia.

About the open space

Community Open Space Expert Panel

A Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP) was established to oversee plans for the new public open space. For information on the panel visit Community Open Space Expert Panel. COSEP's key feedback, ideas and recommendations are summarised in the Community Open Space Expert Panel Report.

Open Space Ideas Hub

This Open Space Ideas Hub was launched in December 2016 - we wanted to hear your thoughts on some of the ideas the Community Open Space Expert Panel generated - as well as your own creative ideas of how we can transform the rail corridor into an attractive and safe environment for Melburnians to enjoy. This Open Space Ideas Hub closed on 30 June 2017.

The feedback and ideas received via the Open Space Ideas Hub are summarised in the Open Space Consultation Report.


The Level Crossing Removal Project have removed nine dangerous and congested level crossings between Caulfield and Dandenong by elevating the rail line in three sections. As well as making the community safer and less congested, the innovative design allowed us to create 22.5 hectares of new community open space.

On 13 November 2017 we released the final designs for the new open space.

The new urban park was completed in late 2018.

'Djerring Trail' connecting our communities

Construction is complete on the open space, which includes seven new recreational areas for the community to enjoy, and a 17-kilometre walking and cycling path which extends from Monash University’s Caulfield Campus to the East Link Trail. More than 12 kilometres of path was built by the project, joining existing paths to create a continuous 17 kilometre route from Caulfield to the EastLink trail, beyond Yarraman Station.

During the consultation program for the project’s 22.5 hectares of new open space, you told us that this path should be named. We received an enormous response from the community to name the shared use path and received close to 2000 votes on the eight proposed names.

The list of names was informed from recommendations from the Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP) and the project team. These proposals complied with the Naming rules for places in Victoria 2016 and there was consultation with the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation and the Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation Cultural Heritage Council Inc with regards to the use of the Aboriginal language words.

The proposed names were:

  • Kerrboo onool Trail (pronounced kerr-boo-oh-nool)
  • Kerrboo onool Rail Trail
  • Djerring Trail (pronounced jer-ring)
  • Djerring Rail Trail
  • Urban Parkland Trail
  • Urban Parkland Rail Trail
  • Eucalyptus Trail
  • Eucalyptus Rail Trail

The overwhelming winner was 'Djerring Trail' receiving over 30% of the total votes. 'Djerring Rail Trail' came in second, giving 'Djerring' a clear preference with over 60% of the total votes combined.

The name has been formally submitted to the Office of Geographic Names, resulting in the Djerring Trail being formally gazetted and taking its place in Melbourne’s history.

'Djerring' is an Aboriginal word from the Bunurong language that translates to the words 'join' or 'unite' and is also interpreted as 'connect'.

The Bunurong are Indigenous Australians of the Kulin nation, who occupy South-Central Victoria, Australia.

About the open space

Community Open Space Expert Panel

A Community Open Space Expert Panel (COSEP) was established to oversee plans for the new public open space. For information on the panel visit Community Open Space Expert Panel. COSEP's key feedback, ideas and recommendations are summarised in the Community Open Space Expert Panel Report.

Open Space Ideas Hub

This Open Space Ideas Hub was launched in December 2016 - we wanted to hear your thoughts on some of the ideas the Community Open Space Expert Panel generated - as well as your own creative ideas of how we can transform the rail corridor into an attractive and safe environment for Melburnians to enjoy. This Open Space Ideas Hub closed on 30 June 2017.

The feedback and ideas received via the Open Space Ideas Hub are summarised in the Open Space Consultation Report.

Discussions: All (1) Open (0)
  • CLOSED: This discussion forum opened in December 2016 and closed on 30 June 2017.

    You need to be signed in to add your comment.

    This discussion forum opened in December 2016 and closed on 30 June 2017.

    The discussion forum was created so we could hear the community's thoughts and feedback on the 22.5 hectares of new open space.

    We are using your feedback to enhance the open space design (which will be released in late 2017) and inform our decision making.

    This discussion forum opened in December 2016 and closed on 30 June 2017.

    The discussion forum was created so we could hear the community's thoughts and feedback on the 22.5 hectares of new open space.

    We are using your feedback to enhance the open space design (which will be released in late 2017) and inform our decision making.

    Replies Closed