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Puffing Billy

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

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 surrounding 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.



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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Marybrooke Manor

Sherbrooke, VIC

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

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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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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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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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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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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 would...

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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 region’s...

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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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Sooki Lounge Belgrave

Belgrave, VIC

Sooki Lounge Belgrave is a lively gastropub 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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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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Evolve Fair Foods

Belgrave, VIC

Evolve Fair Foods is a unique restaurant tucked away at the foot of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges. Along the winding mountain roads set amid the lush forested areas is this welcome café. Best known for its zealous...

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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 with the best of both worlds in Olinda. Meet, drink and indulge in one of the Dandenong Ranges’ hotspots. If...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Independent Restaurant and Bar

Gembrook, VIC

The Independent Restaurant and Bar is a casual restaurant setting that serves authentic Argentinian cuisine with Spanish and Italian influences. This dining destination seeks to provide an exceptional culinary journey...

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Destiny Point Cafe

Kalorama, VIC

Destiny Point Café is a must-visit while in the Dandenong Ranges, thanks to its rich heritage. This charming attraction has a history that spans more than a century and is perhaps the best place to visit if you would...

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