August Events

SkyHigh's August Special Sunday Roast Lunch

Mon 1st August  until Wed 31st August , 11:30 am until 2:30pm

Just 45 minutes from Melbourne CBD you will be SkyHigh on the uppermost reach of the Dandenong Ranges. Our Sunday Roast Lunch during August is at a very special price of just $30 per Adult and $15 per child (5 - 12 years). This lunch is great for a family get together, birthday celebrations, christenings or just a quiet lunch for two. Located in our upper level function centre.

26 Observatory Rd, Mt Dandenong

$30 per Adult & $15 Per Child

Australia Wild Art Exhibition

Mon 1st August  until Sun 21st August , 11am - 4pm daily (closed Tuesdays)

The Australia Wild Exhibition celebrates our unique Australian Wildlife. A diverse range of art will be exhibited and available for sale from traditional wildlife and botanic art, to more contemporary conceptual works. One of the biggest exhibitions in Victoria of new works from wildlife artists is one of the best opportunities to find a piece for your collection. Opens Friday 7pm, 29th July. Enquiries on 9754 4264.

Sherbrooke Gallery, 62 Monbulk Road, Belgrave

Free Entry

Kiwi Fruit U Pick Season

Mon 1st August  until Wed 31st August , U pick available every day on tours between 9am - 4pm

Rayner's Orchard is running U Pick on Kiwi Fruit from 1st June till September! U Pick running daily between 9am - 4pm - you need to jump on a tractor tour so the tour guide can take you to where you need to pick your fruit - with the added bonus of fruit samples along the way! Fruit Tasting Tours with U Pick start from $18pp (for groups of 10 or more) and tours run for an hour.

Rayner's Orchard, 60 Schoolhouse Rd, Woori Yallock

Tours from $18 per person and U Pick @ $5/kg

Creative Writing Workshops for Kids aged 9-12 years

Mon 1st August  until Wed 24th August , Every Wednesday 4.15pm - 5.15pm (6 sessions)

These workshops are practical and fun. Students will receive feedback on their own stories and poems while learning more about the writing and editing process. The facilitator is Pauline Hosking, author of Cinnamon Stevens – Crime Buster. She has tutored in the G.A.T.E.WAYS programs for gifted children and been an Artist in Schools for Arts Victoria.

Belgrave Library, Reynolds Lane, Belgrave

$70 (The workshop is limited to 10 participants)

Fruit Bottling Workshops at Rayner's Orchard

Mon 1st August  until Wed 31st August , Minimum of two people required. Running twice daily at 9.30am & 1.00pm

Gain Fruit Bottling knowledge and get to bottle 4 jars of fruit to take home! Workshops duration is 2 - 3 hours and you get to take home some of the tastiest fruit you have ever tried – we supply everything, from the bottle to the fruit even morning or afternoon tea! Enjoy a relaxed environment while bottling up peaches, plums, nectarine or apricots and various other fruits in season. Bookings are essential on 03 5964 7654.

Rayner's Orchard, 60 Schoolhouse Rd, Woori Yallock

$89 per adult (Kids FREE with 2 or more adults only paying for $5.50 per bottle)

The Gully Market

Mon 1st August  until Wed 31st August , Saturday 8am-3pm Sunday 9am-3pm

The Gully Market is a long established market that runs every Saturday and Sunday in the carpark of the Upper Ferntree Gully Train Station. Drop in on the way up (or the way down) the mountain and stretch your legs as the Gully Market has lots of craft stalls, fresh fruit and vegetables, plants and home made goods.

Upper Ferntree Gully Railway Station

Enquiries: 0417 599 466

High Tea Experience at Fortnums

Mon 1st August  until Wed 31st August

Enjoy our High Tea experience 7 days a week in the picturesque town of Sassafras. With its English style conservatory windows overlooking the gardens Fortnums is perfect for a relaxing afternoon indulgence. You will be treated to a selection of savoury delights and sandwiches, followed by our famous scones, served with our own jam, and petite pastries and your choice of leaf tea or espresso coffee. Bookings on 9755 1200 or email [email protected]

Fortnums, 295 Mt Tourist Dandenong Rd, Sassafras

$45.90 per person

Kids Eat FREE at the Cuckoo

Mon 1st August  until Wed 31st August , Friday & Sunday nights until 30th September

Don’t fix dinner – bring your family to the Cuckoo. Mention this promotion when you book, bring two adults and get ready for our yummy full buffet and more dessert than you can imagine ! Our brilliant Bavarian floor show is included so come along for a great family experience. *Conditions: Maximum 2 children – up to the age of 12 with 2 adults extra children at normal child rates. Bookings essential on 9751 1003.

Cuckoo Restaurant, 508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda

*Free for children

Winter Wonderland Sale at Simply Sassy

Mon 1st August  until Wed 31st August , All Day Everyday

Wonderful Winter Specials across our full range of fabulous fashion accessories for ladies of all ages at Simply Sassy in beautiful Sassafras Village.

395 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Sassafras

Sale Prices

Wild About Tours

Mon 1st August  until Wed 31st August

Tours available tailored to suit your interests and time frame. Boutique wineries, cider & ale trail, Gardens, The best of The Dandenong's. Groups from 2-7 person. Call Jilly on 0431 970 522 for prices and to organise the perfect tour for you.

Picking up across the Dandenong Ranges

From $99 half day (lunch extra).

Winery Tours with Wild Wombat Tours

Mon 1st August  until Wed 31st August , Public & Private Tours 7 days

Our Yarra Valley Winery Tour is so popular we run it every day, seven days a week. One of the things that sets us apart from other tours is that we like our Yarra Valley winery tour itineraries to be totally flexible. This way, we can discuss with you any particular wineries you’d like to visit, or wine varietals you’d like to try, so we can ensure you get the most out of your day. Call 1300 945 396 to book.

Wild Wombat Tours : 1300 945 396

From $110 per person

Tractor Fruit Tasting Tours

Mon 1st August  until Wed 31st August , 45 mins - 1 hr

Sample fruit as it was meant to be eaten - straight from the tree! Sit in comfort in a covered trailer behind the farm tractor and enjoy a farm tour with fruit! U pick available during tours. Tours run daily between 9am - 4pm and last around 1 hour. Fruit picked to take away is charged depending on variety. During these tours 8 - 10 varieties of fruit samples are offered.

Rayner's Orchard, 60 Schoolhouse Rd Woori Yallock

Adults $25 Children/Seniors $18 Children 3 & under free

Wine Tasting at Olinda Cellars

Mon 1st August  until Wed 31st August , 5pm - 8pm

Join us EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT for free wine tasting where we explore new wines, new vintages and sometimes golden oldies. With a reputation as one of Melbourne’s finest boutique wine specialists, we offer sensational wines from all over Australia, with a great collection of hard to find vintage wines, boutique local beers and Australian Spirits.

Shop 7/540 Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda

Wines are selected weekly so call 9751 0999 for details of wines available for tasting.

Steam and Cuisine Luncheon Train

Mon 1st August  until Wed 31st August , Departs daily at 12.30pm- Return 3.30pm

Experience first class travel in our 100 year old fully enclosed and heated heritage dining carriages. Share the grandeur and charm of a three hour steam train journey whilst savouring our first class menu. Select from a three course standard menu or graze over our two course Natter Platter- a great meal to share. Bookings essential. Contact: 03 9757 0700.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

3 Course Menu $85-$95

Culture Tracks: Art Exhibitions, Music and Movies across the Ranges

Mon 1st August  until Wed 31st August

The Culture Tracks program of arts and cultural events covers performance, music, exhibitions, workshops and movies at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, The Memo in Healesville, Montrose Town Centre, Mooroolbark Community Centre, the Arts Centre in Warburton and Burrinja Cultural Centre. Drop in to your nearest venue and pick up a copy of the full Culture Tracks program, call our team on 1300 368 333, or visit our website to book tickets or find further information on all our events.

Brought to you by Yarra Ranges Arts, Culture & Heritage Department

Free Gate Entry weekdays in August at SkyHigh Mount Dandenong

Mon 1st August  until Wed 31st August , Monday to Friday only

Enjoy everything that SkyHigh Mt Dandenong has to offer with FREE Gate Entry during the month of August, Monday to Friday. Wander the beautiful gardens and take in the view. Stop for a coffee, lunch or dinner. Follow the link to our website and print out the voucher for your Free Gate Entry during the month of August, only Monday to Friday. Please show this voucher at the gate.

26 Observatory Rd, Mt Dandenong

Free Gate Entry - Monday to Friday during August

International Beer Day

Thu 4th August , 11am until close

International Beer Day is held annually on the first Friday in August (04/08/16). It’s a day to raise a frosty glass in celebration of the oldest, and most popular alcoholic beverage on the planet! Drop into Coldstream Brewery to be the first to grab our latest brew that will be released on International Beer Day.

Coldstream Brewery, 694 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream

FREE

Learn Knife Skills at Wild Oak Cooking School

Thu 4th August , 7pm - 9pm

Through a combination of demonstration and hands-on experience, Chef Ben Higgs will instruct you in the precise art of cutting, dicing, precision work, julienne, macedoine, brunoise and safe handling, as well as knife selection, sharpening and preservation of knives to give you the professional touch in the kitchen. This course offers a practical, hands-on experience aimed at developing your cutting skills, while providing essential tips and hints to make cutting a chore you relish.

Cnr Ridge & Mt Dandenong Tourist Rds, Mt Dandenong

$65 per person

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Sat 6th August  until Sun 7th August , 6pm Saturday to 10am Sunday

Highly improvised comedy theatre. Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve up some madcap mayhem and a three-course meal – with the audience playing the part of their restaurant diners. Enjoy the show, dinner, with drinks at bar prices, a comfortable night in en-suite accommodation and breakfast for two. $350 per couple. Se the website for more details and bookings.

Country Place, Olinda Creek Road, Kalorama

$350 per couple for show, dinner, overnight accommodation and breakfast

Kallista Community Market

Sat 6th August , 9am - 1pm

Kallista is a vibrant outdoor country market with handmade and home crafted goods including jewellery, plants, wood crafts, soap, clothing, delicious food and so much more.

Village Green, Church St, Kallista

Designing a Perennial Border Workshop

Sat 6th August , 10.30am for approximately 1.5 hours

Jeremy Francis is the creator of Cloudehill Gardens. His design has strong influences from Italian renaissance gardens, English Arts and Crafts and contemporary meadow gardens, but his summer flowering perennial borders are unique and spectacular. Come and learn from scratch how to construct and plant a perennial border for your garden. Bookings essential on 03 9751 0584.

Diggers at Cloudehill, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Diggers members: $29, non-members: $39

Blueberries & Good Soils Workshop

Sat 6th August , 1pm for approximately 1.5 hours

1pm: Blueberry Basics with Robyn Fox. Hands on demonstration, learn to select and grow the right blueberry for your climate. Includes pruning and maintenance for the optimal summer crop, with early, middle and late fruiting varieties. 1.30pm: Building Beneficial Soil Bacteria with Ken Colley. How to maximise the good bacteria in the soil through good composting techniques and aerated compost teas, and its benefits for a beautiful garden. Bookings on 03 9751 0584.

Diggers at Cloudehill, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Diggers members: $29, non-members: $39

Lilydale Farmers Produce Market

Sun 7th August , 8am - 1pm

A farm fresh produce market next to Lillydale Lake with over 50 stalls with a variety of fresh foods, easy access and car parking. You'll find a range of vegetables, seasonal fruits and berries, butchers with beef, pork and small good products, processed foods – jams, chutneys, sauces, soups and pasta lines, bakery products – breads, croissants, cakes, tarts & muffins and more... and baby farm animals and a jumping castle for young children to enjoy.

Bellbird Park, Swansea Rd, Lilydale

Enquiries: 9727 0037

Sunday Sessions at Coldstream Brewery - LIVE Music

Sun 7th August , 3pm - 6pm

FREE live music each Sunday from 3pm-6pm. Come along for a relaxing afternoon of great brews and tunes @ Coldstream Brewery.

Coldstream Brewery, 694 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream

FREE Entry

3 Course Italian Cooking Class at Wild Oak

Thu 11th August , 7pm - 9pm

Melbourne does have the highest population of Italians than any other city outside of Italy. So Italian could nearly be our national food. Learn to cook amazing Italian recipes in a fun hands on environment and get to eat your creations with a glass of wine. Book on our website or call 9751 2033.

Cnr Ridge & Mt Dandenong Tourist Rds, Mt Dandenong

$110 per person

Belgrave Big Dreams Market

Sun 14th August , 9 am - 2 pm

A place to find all things grown and made with love : A dream come true : A dream to foster community, abundance, joy and creativity. You'll discover a collection of Melbourne's finest Artists and Makers. Discover original and bespoke design pieces alongside some of the yummiest and freshest produce the area has to offer with live music courtesy of our very talented onsite buskers, bouncy castle and facepainting for the kids, this is a market for the whole family to enjoy!

Hayes Car Park/Blacksmiths Way, Belgrave

Free Entry

Sunday Sessions at Coldstream Brewery - LIVE Music

Sun 14th August , 3pm - 6pm

FREE live music each Sunday from 3pm-6pm. Come along for a relaxing afternoon of great brews and tunes @ Coldstream Brewery.

Coldstream Brewery, 694 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream

FREE Entry

Little Yarra Market

Sat 20th August , 9am - 2pm

Looking for a great outdoor market? Little Yarra has it all, quality stalls, crafts & recycled goods, organic skincare, eco-cleaning products, local & organic produce, sourdough bread, coffee, chai, great food, massage, wood fired pizza, biodynamic sausages, local buskers, entertainment and more. Enquiries can be made to [email protected] or phone 0411 243 673.

205 Little Yarra Rd (towards Powelltown), Yarra Junction

Free Entry

Montrose Craft Market

Sat 20th August , 9am - 1.30pm

Situated at the base of the mountain on the way to Lilydale the Montrose Market has a variety of craft and fresh produce stalls. Drop in on the way out to the Yarra Valley.

Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Montrose

Enquiries: 9728 1703

Artisan Sausages Cooking Class at Wild Oak

Sat 20th August , 11am - 2pm

Learn how to make beautiful fresh artisan sausages by hand & with a basic home machine with Executive Chef Ben Higgs. He'll teach you to master to art of sausage linking and the best bit is you get to take it all home. You'll also enjoy a lunch with a glass of wine. Book on our website or call 9751 2033.

Cnr Ridge & Mt Dandenong Tourist Rds, Mt Dandenong

$170 per person

Open Garden and Garden Train Display

Sat 20th August , 10am - 3.00pm

Our Garden will be open to coincide with peak flowering of the Spring Bulbs. The trains will be running and the train shop will be open for sales. Tea or coffee and biscuits are available & are included in the entry fee. Further enquiries call 9737 9827 or email [email protected]

C&M Drewitt, 8-10 Henderson Hill Rd, Silvan

Adults $3.00 Children $2.00 Family $10 (2 Adults up to 3 Children)

Emerald Craft and Produce Market

Sun 21st August , 9am - 3pm

The Emerald Market is vibrant and colourful featuring locally made products and home grown produce right in the centre of town. Visitors can expect a variety of goods including preserves, cakes, hot food stalls, local specialties, vegetables and plants, jewellery, clothing, food, lifestyle products and massage. Our market is plastic bag free, so don’t forget to bring along your own bags.

Cnr Kilvington Drive & Main St, Emerald

Enquiries: 0419 345 750

Sunday Sessions at Coldstream Brewery - LIVE Music

Sun 21st August , 3pm - 6pm

FREE live music each Sunday from 3pm-6pm. Come along for a relaxing afternoon of great brews and tunes @ Coldstream Brewery.

Coldstream Brewery, 694 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream

FREE Entry

Live Jazz at Wild Oak Restaurant

Fri 26th August , 7pm onwards

Enjoy dinner with the smooth sounds of live jazz from our Resident jazz trio featuring Craig Smith. Bookings 9751 2033.

Cnr Ridge Rd & Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Mt Dandenong

Open Garden and Garden Train Display

Sat 27th August , 10am - 3.00pm

Our Garden will be open to coincide with peak flowering of the Spring Bulbs. The trains will be running and the train shop will be open for sales. Tea or coffee and biscuits are available & are included in the entry fee. Further enquiries call 9737 9827 or email [email protected]

C&M Drewitt, 8-10 Henderson Hill Rd, Silvan

Adults $3.00 Children $2.00 Family $10 (2 Adults up to 3 Children)

The Huntsman's Table

Sat 27th August , 7.30pm

Think stately homes. Think game season. We'll be celebrating a style of food that honours the traditional Huntsman's fare whilst putting our modern twist to the dishes. Tweed coats are optional. Presented by The General Food Store, Emerald. Enquiries on 5968 3580 or [email protected]

The Gem Community Arts Centre, 19 Kilvington Drive, Emerald

$85pp (+booking fee), beer and wine can be purchased at bar prices on the night.

Hancock's Daffodil Display Garden

Sat 27th August  until Fri 30th September , 11am to 4pm daily

Come and see the huge range of spectacular daffodils and other spring flowers at the farm on the corner of Belgrave-Gembrook Road and Grantulla Road in Menzies Creek. Potted daffodils, fresh cut flowers and an extensive display undercover as well as our display garden. Free catalogues are available and easy access for everybody. Buses are welcome, but please ring on 9754 3328.

101 Grantulla Road, Menzies Creek

Admission is FREE

Gembrook Market

Sun 28th August , 9am - 2pm

Promoting sustainable living, many of the 90+ stall holders are artisans and craftspeople who have created unique items from recycled materials. Purchase home grown produce including some wonderful gourmet foods. We have a 'garage sale site' and if occupied on the day you visit, who knows what bargain you may find! A jumping castle, farm animals or similar activities for young children are on site at most markets.

Gembrook Railway Station

Sunday Sessions at Coldstream Brewery - LIVE Music

Sun 28th August , 3pm - 6pm

FREE live music each Sunday from 3pm-6pm. Come along for a relaxing afternoon of great brews and tunes @ Coldstream Brewery.

Coldstream Brewery, 694 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream

FREE Entry

Sunday Afternoon Cafe Series at Burrinja

Sun 28th August , 2pm to 4pm

The Sunday Afternoon Cafe Series has returned to Cafe Burrinja, every last Sunday of the month enjoy a range of fabulous musicians on the Cafe Burrinja stage. See the website for this month's act. For Cafe Burrinja bookings contact 9754 477.

Burrinja Cafe, Cnr Glenfern Rd and Matson Dr, Upwey

Admission Free