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Overview

Dandenong Ranges

Escape from the bustle of busy city life into a lush haven of hidden delights in the Dandenong Ranges' secret fern glades, towering forests and eclectic villages.

Storybook villages linked by fairytale train

See the seasons in the villages of the ranges as they burst with vibrant colour in spring and are softened by mist and dustings of snow in winter. Absorb the creative vibe of shops and galleries in Olinda, Belgrave and Sassafras, overflowing with one-off designs in jewellery, furniture and glasswork.

Observe how far you've come as you gaze down at the city's twinkling panorama of fairy lights from SkyHigh atop Mount Dandenong.

Glimpse the shiny flanks of the historic Puffing Billy steam engine from your hilltop cottage or sun-kissed garden as it chuffs along its narrow-gauge track. Jump aboard and dangle your feet out of the open-sided carriages, or act grown up and enjoy first-class travel.

Wandering through the world of whimsy

Get reacquainted with the elements in the vast national parks and gardens, from the blooms of the National Rhododendron Gardens to the whispering forests in the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Meander through lush gullies and misty mountain ash to magical places like Sherbrooke Forest, Doongalla Homestead and One Tree Hill. Be guided in quiet contemplation by mystical sculptures hidden among ferns in the William Ricketts Sanctuary. Go hard and conquer the Thousand Steps and the fascinating Kokoda Walk.

Old world delights with the modern touch

Taste just how Dandenong Ranges eateries have successfully mixed one part modern style with one part tradition. Tuck into famous Devonshire teas, dine aboard Puffing Billy or savour just-picked berries and local produce in cosy cafes or airy restaurants.

Stay in an elegant guesthouse dating from a century ago when the Dandenong Ranges was Melbourne's favourite retreat, or choose from more contemporary accommodation that combines old world affectations with modern luxury, space and style.

Villages

Dandenong Ranges

Destinations

Sassafras

Follow a well-worn road to a relaxing weekend in charming Sassafras, a popular destination for city dwellers since the nineteenth century.

Destinations

Belgrave

Stumble upon bustling Belgrave nestled in the lush Sherbrooke Forest and watch the scenery unfold with a ride on beloved stream train Puffing Billy.

Destinations

Olinda

Perch yourself high above Melbourne and surrounds and observe the striking seasons in the beautiful public and private gardens of Olinda.

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Things to do

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Burrinja Cultural Centre

Burrinja is a vibrant community cultural centre in the Dandenong Ranges with a clear, creative and...

Cherryhill Orchards

This summer, spend a day at the Cherryhill Orchards. Pick the best of the Yarra Valley's freshest...

Puffing Billy Steam Railway

All aboard for a ride on the historic steam railway, through towering forests and lush fern gullies.

SkyHigh Mount Dandenong and Scenic Lookout

At SkyHigh Mount Dandenong you will get some perspective and escape the noise and pressures of the...

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

See almost a million tulips on display at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival, the colour is absolutely...

Trees Adventure - Glen Harrow Park

The Trees Adventure Glen Harrow Park is one of the ultimate Treetop experiences in the Victoria. It...

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Parks and gardens

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National parks & reserves

RJ Hamer Arboretum

Arboretum is a Latin word meaning a place for trees. Here you will find over 150 species of native and exotic trees in plantations designed to...

National parks & reserves

Aura Vale Lake Park

Located north of Cardinia Reservoir, Aura Vale Lake plays a very important role in Melbourne's water supply. The lake forms part of a drainage system...

Walking & hiking

1000 Steps

March your way up the steep, 1000 step-climb to experience a tiny sense of the exhaustion felt by the Australian soldiers following the Kokoda Trail.

National parks & reserves

Pirianda Gardens

Designed to take advantage of the steep slopes, the terraced gardens of Pirianda are distinctive for their combination of botanically important...

Parks & gardens

Kuranga Native Nursery and Paperbark Cafe

Kuranga Native Nursery and Paperbark Cafe has absolutely the largest range of Australian native plants, anywhere. Winner of a number of awards,...

National parks & reserves

Silvan Reservoir Park

Set in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Silvan Reservoir Park is an easy drive from Melbourne and ideal for a great day out. Featuring...

National parks & reserves

George Tindale Memorial Gardens

The George Tindale Memorial Garden contains a number of plants rarely found in cultivation, which are thriving in the acidic soils, cool temperate...

National parks & reserves

Mount Dandenong Arboretum

The Mount Dandenong Arboretum extends over 16 hectares and contains a collection of maturing deciduous trees and conifers from around the world....

National parks & reserves

Dandenong Ranges National Park

Take a relaxing walk through forests of towering mountain ash in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, just an hour’s drive from Melbourne's CBD.

National parks & reserves

Bunyip State Park

See a mosiac of green from heathland on river plains to Mountain Ash forest covering steep slopes. Whatever recreational pursuit you enjoy, Bunyip...

National parks & reserves

National Rhododendron Gardens

The National Rhododendron Gardens are host to brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal...

National parks & reserves

Kalorama Park

Boasting spectacular views over Silvan Reservoir and the south-eastern face of the Dandenong Ranges, Kalorama Park is perfect for picnics, barbecues...

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Join a tour

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Coach tours

Puffing Billy with Australian Wildlife and Winery

Choose from two options on this Puffing Billy tour. Option One includes a ride on Puffing Billy and Australian wildlife tour at Healesville...

Tours

Rainforest Birdwatching Tour

Melbourne Birding Tours will take you deep into the wonderful Dandenong Ranges National Park. You will gaze up in awe at the height of the tallest...

Food & wine tours

Garden Tour

A new tour visiting the many beautiful gardens of the Dandenong Ranges. The Wombat will pick you up from the city or the valley or even in the hills...

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Outdoor activities

Walking and hiking

It's easy to get active in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, with a range of tracks and trails to suit all abilities in parks and gardens.

Nature & wildlife

Parks and gardens

Witness seasonal explosions of colour as flowers bloom throughout the magnificent parks and gardens of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

Destinations

Yarra Valley

Tuck yourself away in front of an open fire in the Yarra Valley to indulge in life's great pleasures of food, wine, scenery and inspiring arts.

Food & wine

Restaurants

Please your palate and sate your appetite at some of the best restaurants, wineries, cafes and pubs in the stunning Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.