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Sassafras

Relax, unwind and leave the city stress behind with a weekend in Sassafras. Discover the village's nineteenth century charm, stroll through lush English gardens, and savour an afternoon Devonshire tea.

Devonshire teas, specialty teas and teapots

Hop from brunch to a late lunch to dinner in Sassafras's cafes and restaurants, and come back for seconds in the quaint tearooms. Take Devonshire tea at Miss Marples Tearoom, an authentic English cottage inspired by Agatha Christie.

Between meals browse in the antique stores and the local specialist shops. Pick up local wine and produce at Ripe or General Food Store. Find wooden toys and handmade puppets at Geppetto's Workshop, and grab a teapot as a souvenir at Tea Leaves along with black, green and herbal teas from across the globe.

Walking off the indulgence

Take a wander through the magical Alfred Nicholas Gardens or the nearby George Tindale Memorial Gardens and feel as though you're in another world.

Linger in nearby Sherbrooke Forest as you stroll past waterfalls and picnic grounds on the nature walk trails. Stretch the legs on a hike along the 13-kilometre Sassafras Creek Forest Trail to Emerald, taking in lush fern gullies, mosses and towering Mountain Ash.

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Sassafras

Cafes

Ripe Cafe

Dine at Ripe cafe, a Sassafras local's favourite. Fuel up on hearty soups and sandwiches and pack a few treats before you explore the town.

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.

Walking & hiking

Sherbrooke Falls Trail

Enjoy a gentle introduction to the Dandenong Ranges on this gentle walk to Sherbrooke Falls and find a new favourite escape for walks and picnics.

Parks & gardens

Alfred Nicholas Gardens

Meander through this gorgeous historic garden, a scenic haven with a picturesque lake, a boathouse, a canopy of ash trees and vibrant blooms year-round.

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...

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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.

Food & wine

Local produce

Gather regional produce for an unforgettable picnic lunch with fresh Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and ice creams.

Outdoor activities

Camping

Camp out in beautiful bush or beside clear mountain streams in the scenic state and national parks of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.