Things to do and see in the Dandenongs and Yarra Valley.

With over eighty wineries and an abundance of restaurants, eateries and tourist attractions, the Dandenong Ranges and the Yarra Valley will provide you with life-long memories.

Yarra Valley Wineries

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Yarra Valley Dairy

Yarra Valley Dairy is renowned for producing award-winning fresh, soft cheeses made in distinctly Italian and French styles. Visit the Cheese Shop and discover over fifteen delicious cheeses made on the farm. There are complimentary tasting of five cheeses or you can sit down and enjoy a cheese plate with a glass of local wine […]

The Observatory – SkyHigh

At SkyHigh Mount Dandenong you will get some perspective and escape the noise and pressures of the concrete jungle. Less than an hour from the Melbourne city centre you can be SkyHigh, on the uppermost reach of the Dandenong Ranges, amid cool fern glades and lush towering native forest, looking at the big picture, from […]

Sherbrooke Forest

The lush rainforest of Sherbrooke is one of the prettiest and most accessible places for bushwalking near Melbourne. Situated 40 kilometres east of the city and served by public transport, this forest is part of the Dandenong Ranges National Park. The seven kilometre Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk is a good way to see the fern-filled […]

Olinda Falls

The Olinda section of Dandenong Ranges National Park, covering 790 hectares between Olinda, Kalorama and the catchment of Silvan Reservoir, once formed part of the Dandenong State Forest Reserve. One of the newer sectiones of the National Park, Olinda boasts relatively undisturbed native habitat. Three picnic areas are located in the forest. Valley Picnic Ground […]

Miss Marples

The local tea room in the quaint old English village of St. Mary Mead was the gathering place for all the local identities. It was a hotbed of gossip, and to anyone of an enquiring mind, like Miss Marple, it was a constant source of useful information. It was Miss Marple’s shrewd powers of observation […]

Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary, or the Sir Colin MacKenzie Fauna Park, is a zoo specializing in native Australian animals. It is located at Healesville in rural Victoria, Australia, and has a history of breeding native animals. It is one of only two places to have successfully bred a platypus, the other being Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. It also […]

Emerald Lake Park

Council’s premier park and tourist attraction Emerald Lake Park, in the heart of Emerald in the Dandenong Ranges, is approximately one hour’s drive east of Melbourne. As one of the destination points for the iconic Puffing Billy, the park offers a range of activities including picnics, walking trails, paddleboats and fishing – something for everyone. […]

Grants Picnic Ground

Grants Picnic Ground sits within the Sherbrooke Forest, the largest section of Dandenong Ranges National Park. A number of walking tracks, starting from the picnic grounds, enable you to discover some of the plants and animals of Sherbrooke. Bird Feeding Area There is a bird feeding area at Grants Picnic Ground. Visitors must purchase a […]

Hot Air Ballooning

Go hot air ballooning over the spectacular Yarra Valley! Float across the sky and over the top of the unique landscapes of Australia’s most famous wine region. Peaceful yet exhilarating, the flight lasts for approximately one hour. Finish the journey with a delicious breakfast. Take off on a beautiful hot air balloon flight over the […]

Trees Adventure

Trees Adventure is a new, exhilarating eco-adventure in the Dandenongs. It comprises five tree-top obstacle and flying fox courses that weave through the sublime canopy of Glen Harrow heritage gardens. Soar through the forest on an array of flying foxes and take on a series of thrilling challenges. Adventurers move between platforms between 2 and […]

Sassafras Lolly Shop

Olinda Sweet Co opened it’s doors in February 1997 and shortly added it’s sister store in Sassafras- Sassafras Sweet Co. They have become icons in the region for the thousands of tourists that travel to the Dandenong Ranges annually. It is also strongly supported by the local residents.

Cuckoo Restaurant

The Cuckoo is within easy reach of Melbourne nestled in the stunning Dandenong Ranges, an ideal venue for all celebrations and for tour groups. Open nearly every day of the year, the Cuckoo offers a delicious international smorgasbord prepared by first class chefs in a warm and welcoming family atmosphere. Decorated in the style of […]

Puffing Billy

Enjoy a ride on Puffing Billy, Australia’s oldest steam railway and one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world. Travel 24 kilometres through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges from Belgrave. Puffing Billy is the last of the experimental narrow-gauge railway lines built at the turn of the 20th […]