Town picturesquely set in the Dandenong Ranges
Kallista is a township in the Dandenong Ranges 43 km east of Melbourne's city centre. It lies on the south-eastern edge of Dandenong Ranges National Park.
The mountains, which reach a high point of 633 metres above sea-level, consist of volcanic lava. They experience high rainfall as prevailing westerly winds rise when they hit the range and then cool to produce rain. The combination of rainfall and rich volcanic soils renders the soil fertile and the ranges are cloaked in vast tracts of forests and fern gullies, as well as some distinguished and renowned gardens. Potatoes, flowers, bulbs and berry fruits are produced for commercial purposes in the area.