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Dandenong Ranges > Parade of Light

Belgrave Lantern Festival

Celebrate the winter solstice, the turning point and the new beginning with an incredible spectacle. Marvel at the beautiful lantern creations on parade.

Olinda > Artwork and Gifts

Emma Jennings Gallery

Emma Jennings Gallery is a unique destination featuring local, ethical and sustainable art and gifts inspired by living in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges.

Dandenong Ranges > Locations across Emerald

PAVE Festival

Performing and visual arts comes alive in Emerald with live music, dance and art at various venues and a street fair with entertainment.

Olinda > 7 Gorgeous Self Contained Cottages

Como Cottage Accommodation

Gorgeous 1, 2 & 3 bedroom cottages with a unique touch of hills history. Perfect for couples, groups or families, choose a spa or real log fire.

Sassafras > 3 Self Contained Cottages

Clarendon Cottages

Romantic & peaceful luxury cottages in garden settings with spas & gas log fires. Generous breakfast provisions included. Perfect for couples or a family.

Mt Dandenong > Conferences & Business Meetings

Functions at SkyHigh Mt Dandenong

The SkyHigh event coordinators ensure every corporate event runs smoothly from start to finish, with catering served at the precise time it's scheduled, and audio visual gear ready when it needs to be.

Olinda > 10am - 5pm Daily

The Chelsea Australian Garden

The 2013 Chelsea Flower Show winning garden recreated in Olinda featuring an enormous Waratah sculpture, waterfall, billabong and over 15,000 plants!

Olinda > The home of pies!

Pie in the Sky

Come and enjoy our handcrafted award-winning Australian Pies, Pastries and Cakes. We are also famous for our Devonshire Teas!

Sassafras > Exhibitions by local artists

Up Gallery Sassafras

We are an artists run gallery exhibiting paintings, drawings and printmaking by Dandenong Ranges creatives. Our 'Made on the Mountain' giftshop is filled with ceramics, cards, textiles, jewellery and limited edition artists prints.

Olinda > 100% Natural skin care products

Soap Opera - Olinda

Soap Opera products are 100% natural and Naturopathically formulated, designed to nourish, care and scent the body, without harsh chemicals and without testing on animals.

Olinda > Australia's Tastiest Handmade Chocolates

Only Mine Chocolate Factory

The Only Mine chocolate factory is open 7 days in the heart of Olinda to enjoy Australia's best hand crafted chocolates.

Dandenong Ranges > 20 + private houses, cottages and apartments

Valley Ranges Getaways

Properties for couples, families, groups, intimate weddings and elopements. Conveniently located close to restaurants, attractions, walking trails and gardens.

Dandenong Ranges > Free Entry

Menzies Creek Train Museum

A train enthusiasts dream, big or small. The historic museum covers a space of 1160 square metres and houses over 80 exhibits.

Sassafras > Breakfast Weekends Only

Dine Divine

Whether you are just wanting afternoon tea or dinner with the family, Dine Divine has a delicious menu perfect for everyone.

Dandenong Ranges > Belgrave South

Birdsland Reserve & Nursery

A natural sanctuary with over 130 different native birds including the Wedgetail Eagle and Powerful Owl, also over 200 species of native plants.

Olinda > Several different sized functions spaces

Functions at Olinda Tea House

Looking for a venue with a difference? The Olinda Tea House is perfect location to bring a breath of fresh air to you and your guests with four different spaces.

Olinda > Boutique Contemporary Accommodation

Lochiel Luxury Accommodation

On two hectares of natural rainforest and fern gullies, Lochiel’s stylish contemporary stone and timber cottages are masterpieces of modern design.

Kallista > One & Two Bedroom Cottages

Weardale Estate

Cottage accomodation set on 3 acres of garden, nestled in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. Perfect for couples and families.

Mt Dandenong > Best views of Melbourne

SkyHigh Mount Dandenong

SkyHigh is a lookout with majestic views, 2 cafes, restaurant, function room, summer beer garden, Maze, English garden and walking trails in the state forest.

Mt Dandenong > Contemporary Modern Australian

The Bistro at SkyHigh Mt Dandenong

Our award winning SkyHigh bistro, located on the ground floor is open for kiosk drinks and snacks, full lunch menu 7 days a week and dinner over the weekend and public holidays.

Dandenong Ranges > Great food and family fun!

Herb & Chilli Festival

Learn how to grow and use herbs and chillis, food stalls with international dishes, cooking demos, entertainment and of course a chilli cook off!

Dandenong Ranges > Silvan

The Tulip Festival

Tulip season is truly beautiful and the entertainment is great. Themed weekends like Dutch, Turkish, Food & Jazz, Irish and a special week for Children.

Sassafras > Boutique & Garden Weddings

Weddings at Fortnums

An elegant dining room with an adjoining outdoor decking that overlooks the nearby Ranges. Our gardens offer views of the city and make an ideal location for an intimate ceremony.

Mt Dandenong > School Holiday Fun

SkyHigh Children's Festivals

Loads of entertainment and activities for the kids. Bouncy castle, treasure hunts, pony rides, face painting mini golf, train rides and more.

Dandenong Ranges > Lavender Farm in Wandin

Warratina Lavender Farm

Over 10,000 lavender plants makes a beautiful sight. See the lavender hand harvested and dried in the drying shed during harvest time.

Olinda > Ceremony & Reception

Weddings at Olinda Tea House

With floor to ceiling windows, the bi-fold doors open up to the surrounding deck creating a seamless flow from the indoor reception onto the lush green gardens and bush land backdrop.

Sassafras > Wednesday - Sunday 11am-4pm


Fortnums has the bright airy look and feel of an English conservatory with a charming atmosphere created by warm friendly staff and relaxing music.

Dandenong Ranges > Wandin North

Mont De Lancey Museum & Gallery

Take a trip back in time to Mont De Lancey Homestead, an authentic recreation of pioneer life in the Dandenong Ranges and an art gallery.

Mt Dandenong > Dine-in, Dinner and Lunch

Kelly's Bar & Kitchen

A cozy log cabin with large open fire situated in the heart of the Dandenong’s. Kelly’s has a wide variety of nationally acclaimed craft beers and wines complimented with a contemporary Australian menu and the perfect kids menu.

Dandenong Ranges > Emerald lake Park, Emerald

Lakeside Paddleboats

The iconic vintage paddleboats on the Lake have been lovingly restored. Experience a close encounter as you navigate your way amongst our resident wildlife.

Dandenong Ranges > Family Fun

Rayners Orchard & Tractor Tours

Just a short drive away, freshly picked fruit is available every day of the year and during the popular daily Fruit Tasting Tractor Tours.

Dandenong Ranges > Events throughout the Villages

Christmas in July

Get cosy by the fire in one of the gorgeous B&B’s. Catch Christmas lunch at one of the restaurants. Do some early Christmas shopping - it might even snow!

Dandenong Ranges > Trains Run Daily

Puffing Billy Railway

Step back in time at Australia’s oldest and best-preserved heritage steam railway, Puffing Billy, situated in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges and only 60-minutes from Melbourne CBD.

Olinda > 10am - 5pm Daily

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens

Enjoy a tour, or just take a stroll through 40 hectares of scenic botanic gardens or a picnic by the lake and take in stunning views of the Australian Alps.

Olinda > A must-see garden in all seasons

Cloudehill Gardens & Nursery

Some 20 garden compartments threaded through 80 year old European beech, magnolias, maples and a collection of Himalayan tree rhododendrons.

Olinda > Barn, Coachouse & Homestead

Gracehill Accommodation

Stay in some hills history! The Barn has 3 bedrooms, The Coachhouse 2 and the Homestead is perfect for just two people. The Barn even has a playground!

Olinda > Teahouse and Asian-Fusion Dining

Olinda Tea House

Taking a modern spin on Chinese cuisine, we offer unique high quality dishes, exquisite desserts and high teas.

Dandenong Ranges > Belgrave to Emerald

Puffing Billy Running Festival

Attracting over 3,000 runners each year it's not just a race amongst the competitors but against Puffing Billy! Up to 25 km's through the hills and fern gullies.

Dandenong Ranges > Belgrave

Burrinja Gallery

Indigenous art gallery, collection and cultural education, contemporary arts gallery, performing arts, artist studios, live music, workshops and café.

Sassafras > 100% Natural skin care products

Soap Opera - Sassafras

Soap Opera products are 100% natural and Naturopathically formulated, designed to nourish, care and scent the body, without harsh chemicals and without testing on animals.

Dandenong Ranges > Selby Community House

Selby Fest

Selby Fest is a free music and arts festival which is a celebration of our community and the Dandenongs.

Kalorama > Australian native display garden & nursery

Karwarra Australian Native Botanic Garden & Nursery

Karwarra Australian Native Botanic Garden, set on 2 hectares at picturesque Kalorama is devoted to displaying the diversity of Australian plants in a landscape setting.

Kalorama > Kalorama Memorial Reserve

Kalorama Rally

One of Melbourne’s pioneering motoring events running since 1956 featuring veteran and vintage cars and bikes.

Olinda > Iconic Hat Store

Truffaux Hatmakers

Internationally renowned hatmakers with a deep love for Panamas, fedoras, felts, furs, caps, buckets, beanies, newsboys, berets, irish scarves, cacao & quirky night lights.

Sassafras > Where the locals choose to be

Ripe Sassafras Cafe | Restaurant

Hills locals serving up a smile with award winning organic dark roast, Lindt hot chocolate, specialty teas and chef prepared meals and cakes made in-house from scratch from local and ethical sources.

Sherbrooke > Free Public Garden

Alfred Nicholas Gardens

Once part of Burnham Beeches Estate, Alfred Nicholas Gardens has extensive water features with waterfalls, an ornamental lake and the famous boat house.

Kalorama > An Annual Hills tradition

The Chestnut Festival

Chestnut icecream anyone? Lots of stalls showcasing food made with chestnuts and local arts and crafts. Fun rides and adventure play space for the kids.

Olinda > Garden Weddings & Receptions

Weddings at Cloudehill Gardens

Two gardens within Cloudehill make perfect settings for garden weddings and Receptions can be held at Seasons Restaurant overlooking the gardens. The gardens are also available for wedding photography.

Sherbrooke > Art Gallery & Art School

Sherbrooke Art Gallery

Local Art Gallery featuring works by members of Sherbrooke Art Society in historic Red Mill building. Art classes & workshops . Events & Exhibitions.

Dandenong Ranges > Belgrave

Cameo Cinemas

A mixture of movies on a total of 8 screens, including an outdoor cinema that operates December - March every year.

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