The Dandenong's in the Outer Melbourne
The Dandenongs are located in the Outer Melbourne Region
Travel time from Melbourne to the Dandenongs is one hour plus
Travel Distance: Melbourne to the Dandenongs is 47.5 km via M3
Wander the walking trails, meander the villages and discover the
hidden delights of the Dandenong Ranges among its scenic winding
Now Olinda is a renowned tourist town located between the towns
of Sassafras and Kallista. Being a quaint town near the scenic Dandenong
Ranges, Olinda is a popular weekend and day trip destination amongst
visitors. Olinda offers an array of antique and craft shops, a selection
of boutique restaurants and coffee shops near the town’s main commercial
Mount Dandenong is the most scenic mountain within the Dandenong
Ranges region. With stunning attractions, lookouts and various other
tourist attractions, Mount Dandenong is a popular and unique tourist
destination nestled between the picturesque towns of Kalorama and
Olinda. Whilst boasting the highest peak in the region, Mount Dandenong
is a wonderful hill in the scenic and bushy Dandenong Ranges region.
The prime attraction on Mount Dandenong is Sky High restaurant and
Cafe on the summit which is the best location for visitors to dine
in or grab a snack.
The Dandenong Ranges houses the beautiful town of Belgrave which
is a commercial centre of the region and is located between Ferntree
Gully and Emerald. Belgrave is a popular town with numerous things
to see and do. Being close to the Melbourne CBD, many visitors come
here for weekend getaways and short day trips.
Gembrook is a charming destination located just an hour from the
Melbourne CBD, and one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions.
The most iconic feature at Gembrook is that it is the last destination
of the popular steam train, Puffing Billy.
Located in the outer-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Sassafras is
a popular weekend destination for both local and out of town visitors.
Being a close picturesque town to the Melbourne CBD, Sassafras is
an easily accessible holiday destination. Even today, the town boasts
its original charm, with no effect of the city’s busy life. Known
for its unique cafes, restaurants, tea rooms and scenic locations,
Sassafras welcomes visitors to come and explore the town and its
Ferntree Gully is a beautiful location with an array of attractions
and scenic spots. Located within the Dandenong Ranges National Park,
Ferntree Gully is just 36kms from the city. Being a popular tourist
destination with the renowned 1000 steps, Ferntree Gully is a frequently
visited destination in Victoria.
Emerald is a beautiful scenic town popular for its picturesque lake
and parks. Nestled in between the quaint towns of Cockatoo and Belgrave,
Emerald is a frequently visited town among tourists to the Dandenong
Ranges region. The town boasts two discrete commercial centres within
its vicinity, with the larger commercial centre near the Puffing
Billy playground and the area’s main railway station. In contrast,
the smaller centre is near the Worrell Reserve sports ground between
the Beaconsfield and Monbulk areas. This area features an array
of cafes, supermarket, gift shops, the town hall and a library.
Monbulk is a beautiful scenic suburb of Melbourne, located just
42km east of the CBD. Monbulk is an attractive town, often visited
by tourists heading up to the Dandenong Ranges. With a mountainous
backdrop and surrounding charming forest, this is a quaint location
boasting a serene setting in which visitors can enjoy. Monbulk Accommodation,
Cheap Hotels, Bed & Breakfasts, Dandenongs Monbulk is well known
for the area’s agricultural and horticultural production. So at
the local farmers markets, you will find a bounty of fruits, vegetables
and flowers. Apart from the many scenic locations, this town is
popular for its unique festivals and events. The town of Monbulk
is popular for its tulip gardens and tulip production. Just north
of Monbulk is the Tesselaar Tulip Festival which is held every year
and starts from mid-September and runs to mid-October. The area
is also known for the popular Silvan Food and Flower Festival and
the Victorian Strawberry Festival in the month of November.
Mt Evelyn, near Olinda Creek, is a picturesque location with numerous
scenic points and walking trails. A few years ago, the area of Mt
Evelyn was known as Olinda Vale and Billygoat Hill. Then the areas
of Valinda, Olinda Vale, Billygoat Hill and South Wandin came together
and became known as Mt Evelyn.
Macclesfield is a suburb located in the Dandenong Ranges, 47 kilometres
east from the Melbourne CBD. The suburb is best known for its rich
soil that has made it a household name as one of the best producers
of flowers and potatoes in Victoria.
Cockatoo is one of the suburbs located in the Dandenong Ranges,
and a popular attraction thanks to its many places of interest.
The suburb was initially known as Cockatoo Creek during its very
early settlement in the late 19th century.
Montrose is located along the Mt Dandenong Tourist road and acts
as an entrance to the northern part of Dandenong Ranges National
Park. With numerous scenic points and several things to do, Montrose
is a beautiful suburb in the neighbourhoods of Olinda and the Dandenong
Ranges. The town boasts a compact shopping precinct that joins the
Mount Dandenong Tourist Road. With a rocky backdrop and adjacent
lush bushlands, the shopping area is a picturesque location both
to see and explore. For those looking for local shops and markets
can visit the smaller shopping strips on Leith Road near the commercial
Silvan is one of the Dandenong Ranges’ most beautiful destinations.
Popular for its high quality fruits, Silvan is an enchanting location
that awaits your visit. With a wide range of farm experiences, this
vibrant suburb is the perfect place for families to visit and spend
some time in the outdoors. The U-Pick fruit farm experiences are
a magical way to enjoy everything that Silvan has to offer. Just
as the name suggests, this revolves around handpicking your own
fruits fresh from the farm. Some of the most popular locations for
U-Pick include Chappies, a vast cherry and berry farm that comes
alive between November and January. At Blue hills Berries and Cherries,
not only do visitors pick sweet fruits seasonally, there is also
the option of sampling fresh homemade jams and chutneys at the farm.
Visit the gift shop and take home with you a memorable souvenir
that will capture the very essence of the farm gate experience.
Blue Hills is open every day between November and end-April. Silvan
is also home to the world-famous Tesselaar Tulip Festival which
is held annually. During spring, as the flowers bloom and the winter
cold gives way to warmer weather, the festival comes to life with
the vibrantly coloured tulips. The fields are an absolute delight,
and visitors will have the opportunity to walk among the seemingly
endless rows of tulips. Additionally, the festival also has on display
different forms of art, local entertainment and food to enjoy for
the fortnight during which it runs. Silvan Reservoir is a prime
attraction tucked away at the foot of the rolling Dandenong Ranges.
It is a short drive from the CBD, and is perfect for a day’s getaway.
Some of the amenities on location include picnic areas, open lawns
enclosed by a majestic forest of towering eucalyptus trees as well
as BBQ facilities. The Grey Gum Track Walk is a must-enjoy for nature
enthusiasts looking for tranquillity in the expansive park.
The charming suburb of Ferny Creek is located just 33kms east of
the Melbourne CBD and consists of hilly regions and lush forests
housing Australian native plants. Nestled on the landscapes adjacent
to the Dandenong Ranges National Park, Ferny Creek is a natural
habitat for native wildlife species and birds. Whilst visiting this
town, explore the area’s exotic flora and fauna by visiting the
parklands and scenic locations. Ferny Creek also houses part of
the 1000 Steps bushwalking track and a number of picnic grounds.
Enjoy the scenic trails across the beautiful pathways and explore
the area’s great offerings. Ferny Creek includes an array of natural
attractions, with local and out of town visitors coming here to
explore the national park.
Another popular day trip and weekend getaway destination in the
Dandenong Ranges is Kallista. This small tourist village is cocooned
within the mountains and lush native bushlands of the Dandenong
Ranges and is a quaint and picturesque tourist spot. The commercial
centre of Kallista boasts specialty shops, cafes, tea rooms and
an array of local art & craft shops. The town also boasts an arts
and crafts market that offers various plants, food items, craft
stalls, a number of amusement options and nearby accommodation.
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Another popular tourist attraction is the Kallista Tea Rooms; a
popular place for buying and tasting a variety of tea varieties.
Kallista is also known for its attractive parks and picnic grounds;
a popular getaway spot for residents and visitors alike. In addition,
tourists can also visit the Dandenong Ranges National Park for great
outdoor fun and activities where you can go on a walking trail through
the native Australian bushland. While heading to Sherbrooke, you
can stop near the George Tindale Memorial Gardens; a beautiful garden
with an interesting collection of exquisite plants. At the south
centre, you will come across the Grants Picnic Ground that houses
a souvenir shop, a kiosk, tea rooms, a restaurant and BBQ facilities
within the park’s boundary. Kallista offers a number of bushwalking
and walking tracks that lead you through the forested areas, fruit
orchards and numerous scenic points.
In the suburbs of Melbourne, visitors often head to the scenic locations
near the Dandenong Ranges. Upwey is one such beautiful rural community,
located just 32kms from the Melbourne city. Upwey was once known
as Mast Gully during the 1850s, however, the area was renamed after
the successive changes in colonial settlement. Nowadays, Upwey is
a thriving community with a flourishing economy, with the Main Street
boasting a commercial centre of shops, boutiques, eateries and gift
shops. Whilst visiting this community, go and explore the neighbouring
outdoor scenic points. Upwey, with its adjoining township of Tecoma,
boasts a number of popular scenic walking trails across the hilly
landscapes of Mount Dandenong. The town’s most popular tourist attraction
is the Burrinja Gallery. This renowned gallery is located just five
minutes from the famous Puffing Billy steam train in Belgrave. This
unique and stunning art gallery houses an array of amazing collections
of contemporary and traditional art works from Australia and abroad.
The Dandenong Ranges and its local area houses a number of quaint
towns, villages and scenic spots. Selby is one of these beautiful
rural communities which is nestled in a picturesque setting. This
charming town boasts numerous attractions, such as several historic
museums, wineries, vineyards, galleries and parks, all in a tranquil
atmosphere. Selby Accommodation, Cheap Hotels & Holiday Motels,
Victoria The beautiful gardens of Selby are also perfect for outdoor
fun and picnics. Hikers can take the walking trails near the hilly
landscapes. Tourists can also visit the neighbouring attractions
in the Yarra Valley and other tourist locations in the Dandenong
Ranges area. There is an array of wonderful things to see and explore.
Renowned for its numerous inspiring natural attractions, Selby boasts
numerous parks, lakes, wineries, restaurants, local stores and various
art and craft galleries. Come and explore the spectacular accommodation
options that Selby offers. Even the activity options are plenty
here, with a number of walking trails, boating activities and many
more. At the town’s historic museums, learn more about Aboriginal
culture and enjoy viewing the many artefacts, exhibits and displays.
The renowned Aura Vale Lake Park is nearby, housing a beautiful
lake with stunning surrounding gardens, picnic areas and BBQ facilities.
Visitors can enjoy boating activities including sailboarding and
canoeing. However, visitors are not allowed to swim here due to
the water pollution of the lake water.
Lysterfield is a popular suburb located in the Dandenong Ranges,
32 kilometres south-east from the Melbourne CBD. The first settlement
in the area can be traced back to 1838 when the region was referred
to as Narre Warren before acquiring its present name in 1874. One
of the suburb’s most popular attractions is Lysterfield Park. This
beautiful spot is tucked away from the city, making it a tranquil
destination for a host of recreational activities. The park’s mountain
bike trails coupled with the mountain bike course boasts 20 kilometres
of trails suited for all riders. In addition to the park, Lysterfield
Lake is also a popular tourist destination. Some of the recreational
activities at the park include paddle boarding, sailing and canoeing.
There are also walking trails that surround the lakes, with a full
circuit taking around 2 hours. There are also two picnic areas along
the lake shore which are equipped with toilets, picnic tables and
free electric barbecues. There are several accommodation options
near Lysterfield, with hotels and BnB’s located just north in Ferntree
Gully and Belgrave, and south in Dandenong. Click the links below
to explore the full range of accommodation options near Lysterfield.
Menzies Creek is a neighbouring town of Belgrave, located in the
eastern suburbs of Melbourne, just 40kms from the Melbourne CBD.
Menzies Creek is the second station along the scenic railway of
Puffing Billy (after Belgrave). This small rural town in the Dandenong
Ranges is about 5km east of Belgrave. Menzies Creek also houses
popular tea rooms and a local railway museum. Menzies Creek Accommodation,
Cottages, Retreats, Bed & Breakfasts Whilst visiting the township,
you will come across the charming native forested areas lining the
majestic foothills of Mt Dandenong and several nearby picturesque
view points. The town was once a hub for extensive gold mining and
emerald digging activities. After this period of gold mining, Menzies
Creek was a centre for many farmers and timber businesses. With
the area’s rich volcanic soil and abundance of water, these businessmen
made a fortune in Menzies Creek. Today, the township’s economy is
sourced from its agricultural production and tourism. Apart from
Puffing Billy, Menzies Creek offers a number of scenic things to
see and do. Being a rural township in the Dandenong Ranges, this
place is home to picnic grounds, scenic trails and walking tracks
nestled throughout the township. Visitors can also visit the nearby
Aura Lake Park and Cardinia Reservoir. The area also boasts a number
of accommodation options, specialty shops and stores selling locally
produced goods, art & crafts, fresh produce and souvenirs. Check
out the range of accommodation options listed below.
Tremont is a suburb in the Dandenong Ranges, and is located 31 kilometres
east of the Melbourne CBD. The most interesting thing about this
suburb is that it is almost entirely located in the Dandenong Ranges
National Park. For this reason, it is one of the best places to
enjoy the natural outdoors. Tremont’s convenient location means
it lies in proximity to some of the most exciting natural attractions.
The park is famous for its towering mountain ash forests on the
rolling hills, its bio-diverse wildlife and its scenic views. There
are lots of recreational activities to enjoy while in town. Cycling
is a popular way to explore Tremont’s delightful nooks and crannies.
Cyclists are welcome to use the network of cycling tracks that wind
through the expansive park. The popular 1000 Steps trail that leads
up to One Tree Hill is an amazing picturesque destination for those
wanting a challenging hike. This trail is very steep and is a renowned
tourist spot and a popular weekend activity for fitness enthusiasts.
Once you get to the top of the 1000 Steps, you can relax at the
One Tree Hill Picnic Ground. The One Tree Hill picnic area is well-equipped
with several picnic tables, two picnic shelters, free electric BBQ’s,
car parking, toilets (including an accessible, unisex toilet) and
grassy areas where you can set up a picnic blanket. Other attractions
located near Tremont include Sherbrooke Falls, O’Donohue Picnic
Ground and the famous Puffing Billy Railway. Due to its location
in a National Park, there are no accommodation options within Tremont
itself, but there are plenty of options nearby in the surrounding
suburbs including Ferntree Gully, Belgrave and Olinda. Click the
link below to explore the range of accommodation options near Tremont.
There is no shortage of scenic day trip locations around the Dandenong
Ranges. With an extensive hilly region and adjacent verdant forests,
the rural communities and quaint towns in the area boast a number
of picturesque spots, popular view points and several renowned bushwalking
tracks. One such community popular among laid back visitors is The
Patch. This small town is located 39km east of the Melbourne CBD,
and with a population of only 800, this small town is a less-developed
suburb in the Dandenong Ranges. The area formed during the 1860s,
when a number of timber-cutters discovered this grass patched area,
hence the name. Today, the township has merged with a part of Monbulk.
Well known for its horticultural and agricultural produce, you will
find berries, fruits, vegetables, locally made jams, jellies and
other fruit products at the general stores whilst visiting this
area. The Patch also houses the Monbulk Jam Factory and several
berry growing farms. Some of the farms also have their own stores
where you can pick and choose your favourite berries. Even though
the area is relatively small, there is no scarcity of scenic locations
for visitors to explore. Come and experience a relaxed lifestyle
by staying at one of the nearby accommodation options and enjoy
the area’s best attractions and activities. Check out the various
accommodation options below.
Upper Ferntree Gully
Upper Ferntree Gully is a suburb of the Dandenong Ranges that houses
the popular Ferntree Gully Park; which also happens to be a section
of the Dandenong Ranges National Park. Visitors from Melbourne heading
to the suburb should head 32km east from the Melbourne CBD. Upper
Ferntree Gully Upper Ferntree Gully is a suburb of the Dandenong
Ranges that houses the popular Ferntree Gully Park; which also happens
to be a section of the Dandenong Ranges National Park. Visitors
from Melbourne heading to the suburb should head 32km east from
the Melbourne CBD.
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 in the area. Nicely maintained by rangers,
the Kokoda Track is a beautiful walking track with adjacent forested
areas, bushlands and various scenic points. Whilst visiting the
steps, you will get a small glimpse into the physical effort experienced
by the Australian soldiers during 1942. As the name suggests, the
1000 Steps includes stony steps that lead to the popular One Tree
Hill; which starts at the cafe and leads up the top of the mountain.
Those who would like to challenge themselves by completing the 1000
Steps should wear appropriate footwear (runners or hiking shoes)
and should have a moderate level of fitness. Many people come to
this attraction to test and improve their fitness, and thankfully
there are a number of shady rest stops along the way for those who
need to catch their breath. Those climbing the 1000 Steps should
make sure to bring your own bottle of water as there are no water
fountains on the trail. Apart from the amazing experience of the
trail itself, you can also enjoy the area’s scenic spots, beautiful
parklands and numerous view points as you traverse this course near
Mt. Dandenong. If you are coming from the city using public transport,
catch a train on the Belgrave Line and get off at the “Upper Ferntree
Gully” station. From there it is just a 800m walk east along Burwood
Highway to reach the southern end of the carpark – around 500m extra
to get up to the cafe and the start of the steps. Depending on your
fitness, the steps can take between 30 minutes to 1.5hrs to complete
the return trip. Many people walk up the steps, but those who are
a little fitter may run. So go at your own pace and enjoy the challenge!
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