HOT: Tesselaar Tulip Festival, 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan

For our family spring also heralds our annual visit to the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. This year the event runs from Thursday 14 September until Sunday 15 October 2017. The tulips have bloomed later than usual due to the unusually cold start to spring. The festival season has also been extended beyond Tuesday 10 October to Sunday […]

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2017 – Giveaway!

A kaleidoscope of colour will be on show at the annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival, held in Melbourne’s magical Dandenong Ranges from Thursday 14 September  until Tuesday 10 October 2017. Follow the yellow brick road through 25 acres of gardens and enjoy a spectacular display of more than 900,000 flowering tulips, showcasing 130 different varieties. While […]

HOT: Emerald Lake Model Railway, Emerald Lake Park, Emerald Lake Road, Emerald

Emerald Lake Model Railway is a kitsch attraction inside Emerald Lake. If you have little train fans it’s a must-do. It’s the largest running model railway in the Southern Hemisphere! The model railway is a family-run business and is pretty low-key in its operation. Pay the entry fee ($7 adults, $4 children), go behind the […]

HOT: The General Food Store, 377 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald

The General Food Store is THE place to eat in Emerald if you’re serious about your food. It’s often named in good food lists and Dandenong Ranges travel guides and is popular with locals and visitors.        The reason? They focus on using seasonal ingredients sourced from Victoria. Their coffee is by Coffee Supreme […]

HOT: Montrose Community Playground, Montrose Recreation Reserve, 950 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Montrose

Montrose Community Playground is an imaginative community-built playground set amongst the leafy Dandenong Ranges. It’s located within Montrose Recreation Reserve which also contains sports ovals, sports pavilion, open space, bushland areas, tennis courts and netball courts. It’s well worth a special trip as it’s large enough to entertain little and big kids for hours and […]

HOT: Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

If you’re looking for a perfect nature play + cafe combo that’s not too far from Melbourne…then Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens and The Piggery at Burnham Beeches in Sherbrooke is it. The gardens is one of the jewels of the Dandenong Ranges. It is particularly stunning in Autumn, with the changing colours of maples and beeches, […]

HOT: Piggery Cafe, Burnham Beeches, 1 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

Updated September 2016 Shannon Bennett, chef-restaurateur and perennial entrepreneur, is developing heritage-listed Burnham Beeches into a a biodynamic farm and self-sufficient village in Sherbrooke in the Dandenongs. Phase 1 of the 22 hectare site is the Piggery Cafe and Burnham Bakery, the commercial bakery which supplies all of the bread and pastries for Bennett’s restaurants, […]

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