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The Puffing Billy railway is a historic steam train that starts at Belgrave and runs through the mountainous region of the Dandenong Ranges. This...

Puffing Billy

Renowned for its extensive hilly landscape that boasts beautiful verdant forests and many scenic view points, the Dandenong Ranges is a popular tourist destination near Melbourne in Victoria. With vibrant rural communities, many natural attractions and a range of luxury accommodation options, the Dandenongs appeal to many visitors.

The local area boasts a number of breathtaking mountains and forests, fun tourist attractions and activities, gorgeous rocky landscapes and a number of community markets and festivals. Even the local craft industries and stores add a zest to the Dandenongs’ tourism.

Dandenong Ranges Attractions, Things To Do, Points of Interest & Activities

Unquestionably, the Dandenong Ranges offers visitors an exceptional things to do and many great points of interest; with the Dandenong Ranges National Park occupying most of Mount Dandenong and the surroundings area.

The area offers a number of walking trails throughout the stony landscape and native Australian bushland. Being the major mountain range near Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges is home to the state’s numerous TV and radio transmission towers. Whilst visiting the hilly regions, you will see the towers soaring into the sky from the surrounding woodlands.

Whilst visiting the Dandenongs, take the Puffing Billy steam train to explore the area’s most scenic areas. The train passes travels from Belgrave to Gembrook, whilst crossing through the small quaint towns and scenic forests.

The area’s premier tourist attraction is the Mount Dandenong Observatory – a beautiful parkland that sits 633 metres above sea-level. The observatory is the highest lookout of the surrounding area and offers awe-inspiring views of the landscape and the city CBD in the far distance.

Besides that, you’ll also find the Sky High Restaurant, a coffee shop and picnic grounds with outdoor BBQ areas. Visitors can also relax inside these attractive gardens while enjoying the stunning views of the Dandenong’s and the nearby suburbs.

Puffing Billy

Puffing Billy

Belgrave, VIC
August 31, 2014
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The Puffing Billy railway is a historic steam train that starts at Belgrave and runs through the mountainous region of the Dandenong Ranges. This historic steam train takes its passengers through the renowned...

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1000 Steps

1000 Steps

Upper Ferntree Gully, VIC

Located within the Dandenong Ranges National Park, the 1000 Steps Kokoda Walk is a unique and renowned tourist spot in the Dandenong Ranges. The 1000 Steps boasts the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk, a popular walking trail...

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Dandenong Ranges National Park

Dandenong Ranges National Park

Belgrave, VIC

The prime scenic attraction of the area has to be the stunning Dandenong Ranges National Park. Nestled in the picturesque suburbs of the Dandenong Ranges in Melbourne, this National Park is 39km east of the Melbourne...

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National Rhododendron Gardens

National Rhododendron Gardens

Olinda, VIC

The National Rhododendron Gardens (formally known as The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden) is a popular destination located in the Dandenong Ranges. This serene setting houses a variety of colourful blooms; including...

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William Ricketts Sanctuary

William Ricketts Sanctuary

Mt Dandenong, VIC

The William Ricketts Sanctuary in the Dandenong Ranges is an amazing setting where you can relax and enjoy an array of activities. This peaceful refuge is set adjacent to the forest-clad hills of Mount Dandenong and on...

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Cuckoo Restaurant

Cuckoo Restaurant

Olinda, VIC
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Try the scrumptious smorgasbord meals at this fun-filled venue in the Dandenong Ranges. The restaurant boasts a unique Bavarian atmosphere; perfect for couples, groups and families to enjoy. Since 1958, the...

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Sky High

Sky High

Mount Dandenong, VIC

Whilst visiting the wonderful Dandenong Ranges, you should make sure to set aside some time to visit Sky High, a delightful restaurant located on Mount Dandenong. The Sky High Restaurant and lookout is located less than...

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Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake

Emerald, VIC

Emerald is a beautiful scenic location in the Dandenong Ranges; known for its gorgeous lake and a number of scenic attractions. Located between the towns of Cockatoo and Belgrave, Emerald is easily accessible from any...

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Olinda Falls

Olinda Falls

Mt Dandenong, VIC

Soak up in the picture-perfect scenic landscape of Olinda Falls while visiting the wonderful tourist spots of Mount Dandenong. With numerous public and private gardens containing native flowers and picnic grounds...

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Sherbrooke Forest

Sherbrooke Forest

Sherbrooke, VIC

Sherbrooke Forest is one of the top attractions in the Dandenong Ranges as it has a number of great picnic spots and relaxing walks. Some of the most popular locations within Sherbrooke Forest include Grants Picnic...

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Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens

Sherbrooke, VIC

The Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens is a great venue for all nature lovers. Located in Sherbrooke, these gardens are home to magnificent shrubs, flowering plants, and majestic Mountain Ash trees. Whether you’re...

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Trees Adventure

Trees Adventure

Belgrave, VIC

The Trees Adventure High Ropes Park is an awesome setting for eco-adventure fun. Located in a stunning heritage garden of Belgrave, and next to Puffing Billy in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges, Trees Adventure is a...

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Cardinia Reservoir

Cardinia Reservoir

Narre Warren, VIC

Cardinia Reservoir, a water supply dam that is located East of Melbourne, was built in 1970 and provides water for many suburbs in Melbourne. The dam was constructed to supplement the dwindling supply of water in the...

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Sherbrooke Falls

Sherbrooke Falls

Sherbrooke, VIC

Apart from the hilly landscapes and various camp grounds, the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria is also quite popular for its gorgeous waterfalls. Sherbrooke Falls is a renowned oasis amid the picturesque landscape of the...

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Grants Picnic Ground

Grants Picnic Ground

Kallista, VIC

Grants Picnic Ground is a beautiful spot for picnics and one of the most popular destinations for outdoor lovers in the Dandenong Ranges. Best known for its bird-feeding, the picnic ground provides a tranquil setting...

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Cameo Cinema

Belgave, VIC

Cameo Cinema provides the perfect experience for the movie lover looking to enjoy the best of the big-screen. This independent cinema offers both blockbuster movies, showcases excellent art-house movies and also offers...

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Pie in the Sky

Olinda, VIC

Pie in the Sky is an award-winning café that takes great pride in serving some of the best meat pies in Australia. The café is best known for its fresh hand-made pies and its reverence for lean and fresh ingredients...

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Eastwood Golf Club

Kilsyth, VIC

Eastwood Golf Club is a prestigious private club set on 48 hectares of lush land at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges. Public access to the course is available during select times. With sweeping views of the magnificent...

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Lysterfield Park

Lysterfield Park

Lysterfield, VIC

Lysterfield Park is located on Horswood Road in Lysterfield and is a worthy tourist attraction thanks to its beautiful natural features. With an array of recreational activities, it is little wonder that Lysterfield...

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Burnham Beeches

Sherbrooke, VIC

Burnham Beeches is a legendary mansion tucked away in Sherbooke, about 40 minutes away from the Melbourne CBD. The exquisite mansion is in Art-Deco style, a type of architecture that emerged in the 1930s and has been...

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Marybrooke Manor

Sherbrooke, VIC

Marybrooke Manor is a resplendent guest house and wedding venue located at the edge of the idyllic Sherbooke forest. It is one of the most amazing wedding destinations in the Dandenong Ranges, and is has protected...

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Bunyip State Park

Bunyip State Park

Gembrook, VIC

From 1898 to 1990, this area was used primarily for logging. Later it became Bunyip State Park; the picturesque spot we can visit and enjoy today. The Bunyip State Park offers a variety of trails for walking or hiking...

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Coonara Springs

Olinda, VIC

Coonara Springs Restaurant, Gardens and Accommodation is one of the oldest restaurants in the Dandenong Ranges and is a major attraction in the region. Located on 7 landscaped acres, the property has extensive views...

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The Piggery Cafe

Sherbrooke, VIC

The Piggery Café is an idyllic eatery located in Burnham Beeches, one of the region’s most spectacular mansions. Unsurprisingly, the café’s name was inspired by the fact that it is housed in what was once a piggery...

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Cardinia Reservoir Park

Cardinia Reservoir Park

Narre Warren, VIC

An ideal getaway for the whole family, the Cardinia Reservoir Park is a fantastic location for families to come and picnic, as there is a natural abundance of flora and fauna. Visitors who manage to get a glimpse of the...

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Rj Hamer Arboretum

Rj Hamer Arboretum

Olinda, VIC

The Dandenong Ranges is one of the most popular and scenic destinations in Victoria. The R.J Hamer Arboretum in the Dandenongs is one of the most amazing and unique gardens located in this region. With the gorgeous...

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Warratina Lavender Farm

Warratina Lavender Farm

Wandin North, VIC

Nestled on a picturesque landscape at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, the Warratina Lavender Farm is a family owned and operated lavender farm that is truly worth a visit. Visitors can browse through the lavender...

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Day Spa Dandenong Ranges

Day Spas

Melbourne, VIC
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At the Dandenong Ranges, you’ll never run out of activities as the region offers many things to see and do. When it comes to relaxing and rejuvenation, a wonderful day spa retreat comes to mind. Imagine indulging...

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Fortnums

Sassafras, VIC

Fortnums is located in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges, overlooking the majestic ranges in the distance. Set amongst lush green gardens, Fortnums is a restaurant, wedding and functions venue all rolled in one...

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Pirianda Gardens

Pirianda Gardens

Olinda, VIC

The Pirianda Gardens are known for being one of the most picturesque parks in Victoria. The terraced gardens are beyond compare, especially in autumn, as the leaves turn to stunning shades of red, orange and yellow. The...

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Tim Neville Arboretum

Tim Neville Arboretum

Ferntree Gully, VIC

Located on Dorset Road in the Dandenong Ranges, the Tim Neville Arboretum is a popular playground for visitors to this area. The arboretum is essentially a fun-filled playground that is designed with children in mind...

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Dudley’s

Olinda, VIC

Dudley’s is the perfect restaurant to wine and dine in Olinda while immersing yourself in the rich culture of the region. This popular restaurant prides itself in preparing Australian meals with key influences...

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Round Bird Can’t Fly

Lilydale, VIC

Round Bird Can’t Fly is an amazing cafe where you can combine food, wine and art all in the one location. Round Bird prides itself on using local produce with fresh bread, local coffee and regional wines available...

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Chappies

Chappies

Silvan, VIC

With the rich fertile soil and wonderful weather, the Mount Dandenong area has numerous farmlands and orchards. Therefore, there are many fruit growers in the area. With the abundance of fruit, the Chappies Berry Farm...

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Silvan Reservoir Park

Silvan Reservoir Park

Silvan, VIC

Set at the base of the Dandenong Ranges, Silvan Reservoir Park is the perfect location for a day out of town, and is just a short drive from Melbourne. The Park has a number of walking trails that visitors can use to...

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Birdsland Reserve

Belgrave Heights, VIC

Birdsland Reserve is an amazing getaway tucked away between Lysterfield Lake Park and Belgrave. This bushland reserve is best known for its rich bird life and diverse species of native animals. The reserve’s rich...

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Ranges at Olinda

Olinda, VIC

Ranges at Olinda prides itself in being a café by day and a restaurant by night, and this provides visitors the best of both worlds in Olinda. Meet, drink and indulge in one of the Dandenong Ranges’ hotspots. If you are...

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Cloudehill Gardens

Olinda, VIC

Cloudehill Gardens are a magnificent escape tucked away at the top of the majestic Dandenong Ranges and is a must-visit for both locals and visitors touring the region. The gardens are an all-seasons source of...

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Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk

Kallista, VIC

Eastern Sherbrooke Forest Walk is located in the verdant Sherbooke rainforest and is one of the region’s most spectacular destinations for bushwalking. The forest is located just 40 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD and...

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Kalorama Park

Kalorama Park

Kalorama, VIC

Kalorama Park in Victoria, boasts breathtaking views of the Dandenong Ranges to the South East and is a major tourist attraction in the area. With such majestic views of the surrounding environment, the park is a must...

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Australian Rainbow Trout Farm

Australian Rainbow Trout Farm

Macclesfield, VIC

The Australian Rainbow Trout Farm is rated as the number one attraction in Macclesfield, Victoria. Just one hour outside Melbourne, it’s easily accessible and a fun way to spend time with the family in the great...

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Dine Divine

Sassafras, VIC

Dine Divine is located in Sassafras and is a delightful place to relax and enjoy the best of the Dandenong Ranges. Dine Divine is part café, restaurant and bar, tucked away amongst the rolling hills with the most...

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Grants On Sherbrooke

Kallista, VIC

Grants On Sherbrooke is a café that offers every visitor the unique opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and tastes right in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. Whether you are enjoying a quiet bush walk, or...

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King Henry Arts Cafe

Sassafras, VIC

King Henry Arts Café is a family owned café located in scenic Sassafras, just an hour’s drive from the Melbourne CBD. The most interesting aspect about this charming café is that it is more than a hundred years old...

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Kuranga Native Nursery

Mount Evelyn, VIC

Kuranga Native Nursery is home to many of the country’s most beautiful native plants and offers nature lovers the opportunity to purchase Australian fauna for their own garden. The nursery is also home to a cafe and...

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National Rhododendron Gardens

Mist @ Olinda

Olinda, VIC

Mist @ Olinda is an elegant wedding and function venue tucked away within the National Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda. This newly refurbished venue is perfect for weddings and private functions with catering services...

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Burrinja Cultural Centre

Burrinja Cultural Centre

Upwey, VIC

The Burrinja Cultural Centre, a non-for-profit arts organisation in the Dandenong Ranges, seeks to bring together the community through various art exhibitions and performances. A vibrant community centre in Upwey, the...

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Copperfields Restaurant

Olinda, VIC

Copperfields Restaurant is the perfect venue for adventurous dining and is located in the heart of Dandenong Ranges. Whether you are looking for a casual hangout over a cup of coffee, or fine dining and world class...

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Miss Marple’s Tearoom

Sassafras, VIC

Miss Marple’s Tearoom is a charming restaurant that is tucked away in Sassafras, a quaint township in the Dandenong Ranges. Miss Marples is an enchanting destination for visitors looking for a culinary adventure...

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Sooki Lounge Belgrave

Belgrave, VIC

Sooki Lounge Belgrave is a lively gastro pub that takes pride in being one of the Dandenong Ranges most incredible locations for live events. Best known as a venue for music lovers and night owls, Sooki is a must visit...

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Kurth Kiln Regional Park

Gembrook, VIC

Kurth Kiln Regional Park is a popular park located in the Dandenong Ranges, and whose unique attractions make it a must-visit for those coming to the region. The park is best known for its kiln whose history can be...

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Belgrave Lake Park, Belgrave, Victoria, Australia

Belgrave Lake Park

Belgrave, VIC

Belgrave Lake Park is a sizable reserve, located just south of Belgrave, that plays a significant role in maintaining the biodiversity of flora and fauna in the region. Belgrave Lake Park is the critical link between...

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Cafe De Beaumarchais

Sassafras, VIC

Cafe De Beaumarchais is a chic and sophisticated café tucked away in the tourist town of Sassafras. Best known for its excellent French cuisine, this café is a must-visit when touring the Dandenong Ranges. Cafe De...

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George Tindale Memorial Gardens

George Tindale Memorial Gardens

Sherbrooke, VIC

The George Tindale Memorial Gardens is a popular public park which features a number of rare and native flora species. The soil at this park is acidic and rich in minerals, therefore many rare plants grow here without...

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Sir Paz Estate

Wandin East, VIC

Sir Paz Estate is an award-winning winery located in Wandin East that is home to some of the regions most amazing wines. The property was established in 1997, and has since grown in popularity to have one of the...

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Woolrich Lookout

Olinda, VIC

Woolrich Lookout is one of the most fascinating viewing spots located in the Dandenong Ranges. This lookout is tucked away in the RJ Hamer Arboretum, and offers incredible views of the Dandenong Ranges National Park in...

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Ripe Cafe

Sassafras, VIC

Ripe Café is a charming eatery tucked away in the heart of Sassafras, a popular tourist town in the Dandenong Ranges. This quaint café whips up the most delicious country meals and pastries with a homely touch, making...

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Ferny Creek Reserve

Ferny Creek Reserve

Sassafras, VIC

Ferny Creek Reserve is located in the suburb of Ferny Creek, approximately 30kms from Melbourne, Vic. Known as a recreational getaway, the reserve is a popular attraction for locals and visitors to the Dandenong Ranges...

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Olinda Creek Walking Track

Silvan, VIC

The Olinda Creek Walking Track is one of the popular attractions in the Dandenong Ranges and is a favourite for outdoor lovers. The walking track traverses the ground between the Silvan Reservoir Park and Mount Evelyn...

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Waterford Valley Golf Course

Knoxfield, VIC

The Waterford Valley Golf Course is a premier “pay for play” par 72 golf course located just half an hour from the city. The course is specially designed for corporate golfing and this evidenced by its grand and...

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The Deli Platter

Olinda, VIC

The Deli Platter is a cafe and delicatessen located in the picturesque suburb of Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges. The Deli Platter serves a huge range of delicious homemade foods that are freshly prepared daily and are...

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Geppettos Workshop

Geppetto’s Workshop

Sassafras, VIC

Geppetto’s Workshop is Australia’s finest themed toy store which is conveniently based in two locations in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges; Olinda and Sassafras. Geppetto’s Workshop stocks toys from...

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Mount Dandenong Observatory

Mount Dandenong Observatory

Mount Dandenong, VIC

To get the most panoramic views of Mount Dandenong and its surroundings, visitors should head to the popular lookouts and the viewing points of the area. Much of the Mount Dandenong area is occupied by the Dandenong...

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Wild Oak Restaurant

Olinda, VIC

Wild Oak Restaurant takes pride in providing Australian meals ultra-modern setting that makes it a must-visit whilst visiting the Dandenong Ranges. The restaurant’s philosophy revolves around serving flavour-driven...

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Dandenong Ranges High Tea

Dandenong Ranges High Tea is one of the region’s long-running traditions and an attraction for both locals and visitors. With many different venues offering varying experiences for guests, it isn’t hard to see why...

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Aura Vale Lake Park

Aura Vale Lake Park

Selby, VIC

The Aura Vale Lake Park plays a significant role in the supply of water in Melbourne City. The lake constitutes an integral part of the drainage system within Melbourne, and plays a vital role in preventing the...

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Doongalla Homestead

The Basin, VIC

Doongalla Homestead is a delightful picnic ground tucked away in The Basin, and it is a tranquil attraction in the Dandenong Ranges. Come with a picnic, or take a quiet stroll at this historic landmark in Victoria. With...

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Montrose Community Playground

Montrose, VIC

Montrose Community Playground is an expansive public recreational space located on Mount Dandenong tourist Road in the recreation reserve. The playground features plenty of fun equipment for kids to enjoy as well as...

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O’Donohue Picnic Ground

Sherbrooke, VIC

O’Donohue Picnic Ground is a hidden gem tucked away in the beautiful Sherbooke Forest, right in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. With a number of picnic tables and walking tracks located around the picnic...

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1 in 20

The Basin, VIC

The 1 in 20 is one of the most popular climbing routes in the Dandenong Ranges. This route winds up from The Basin area to the scenic Sassafras, providing a gentle climb and one of the most beautiful places for cyclists...

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Puffing Billy

Dandenong Ranges Tours

Dandenong Ranges Tours are the perfect way to get out and about and enjoy one of Victoria’s most stunning regions. Located just an hour east from the Melbourne CBD, the Dandenong Ranges are a lush, mountainous landscape...

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Mount Dandenong Arboretum

Mount Dandenong Arboretum

Mount Dandenong, VIC

Established in 1928, the Mount Dandenong Arboretum was created for the purpose of preserving conifers and deciduous trees that have environmental significance. At the outset, plants initially received at the arboretum...

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Mt Dandenong Walk

Mt Dandenong Walks

Belgrave, VIC

Mt Dandenong boasts a number of scenic walking trails amid the beautiful mountainous landscape and the adjacent deciduous forest. Each of the Mt Dandenong walks are unique and offers you an exceptional experience with...

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Tesselaar Nursery

Silvan, VIC

Tesselaar Nursery is home to Australia’s most vibrantly coloured garden plants and offers a huge range of varieties for sale. The Tesselaar Nursery has been managed by the Tesselaar family for more than 70 years and is...

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Wright Forest

Wright Forest

Cockatoo, VIC

Bush walking is a favourite pasttime for many outdoor enthusiasts and Wright Forest, a bushland reserve located in Cockatoo, is the perfect place to explore the outdoors. The 400-acre forest is home to many different...

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Ferny Creek Horticultural Society Garden

Sassafras, VIC

The Ferny Creek Horticultural Society Garden is set on an expansive piece of land and is best known for its panoramic views of the region and its splendid walking tracks. The Great Dividing Range is a perfect backdrop...

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Kays Picnic Ground

Olinda, VIC

Kays Picnic Ground is a wonderful recreational space tucked away in the scenic Dandenong Ranges. One of the most distinct things about these grounds is that they are teeming with diverse flora and fauna for an...

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Sherbrooke Art Gallery

Belgrave, VIC

Sherbrooke Art Gallery has a range of ever changing artworks on display which are also available for sale to the general public. Managed by the Sherbrooke Art Society which was established in 1966, the gallery has grown...

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Cockatoo Recreation Reserve

Cockatoo Recreation Reserve

Cockatoo, VIC

Cockatoo Recreation Reserve in the Dandenong Ranges is a peaceful parkland area where visitors can come to relax. One of the most popular attractions at the Cockatoo Recreation Reserve is the skate ramp, where skating...

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Gembrook Hill Vineyard

Gembrook Hill Vineyard

Gembrook, VIC

The Gembrook Hill Vineyard is a small, quaint and popular vineyard in Dandenong Ranges region in Victoria. The vineyard property was bought by two aspiring winemakers and enthusiasts in 1983. Both Ian and June Marks...

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