Keen walkers are being warned to use caution when tackling the popular 1000 Steps track in Ferntree Gully during hot weather.
The warning follows reports of a young woman collapsing there last week when overcome by the heat. Ambulance Victoria paramedic team manager Bryan Macdonald said people often underestimated the fitness levels required to climb the steps safely.
He said walkers should ensure they have plenty of water, appropriate clothing and the right shoes for walking on uneven terrain.
Mr Macdonald said that on hot days it was recommended that walkers tackle the track either early or late in the day when it was cooler. "If you're new to the 1000 Steps, I would urge you to try them when weather's cooler because you may underestimate the challenge."