October Events

Irish Weekend at the Tulip Festival

Fri 30th September  until Sun 2nd October , 10am until 5pm daily

A pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow. Why not rejoice in the Tulips this weekend, with fun, music, dancing and Leprechauns! Tesselaar Tulip Festival delights in the ‘greening of the Tulip’, while there is still plenty of colour around. But soon the tractor will be ploughing the fields so it is time to make fun while the Tulips bloom! Top musical entertainment from Knot O’ The Gate, Irish Pipers and Irish dancing. A craic of a weekend.

Tesselaar Tulip Farm, 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan

$26 adults $22 concession

Kallista Community Market

Sat 1st October , 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

Fruit Bottling Workshops at Rayner's Orchard

Sat 1st October  until Mon 31st October , 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

Sat 1st October  until Mon 31st October , 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

Garden Tours with Wild Wombat Tours

Sat 1st October  until Mon 31st October , Touring 7 days in Spring, Summer and Autumn

The Wombat will pick you up from the hills and take you to visit a choice of gardens in the mornings, followed by lunch with a glass of wine at a local restaurant. After lunch we will visit more wonderful gardens and then return you to your pick up point. From the magic of the National Rhododendron Garden with its vistas over the Yarra Valley to the amazing perennial borders of Cloudehill, there is something to please everyone. Call 1300 945 396 to book.

Wild Wombat Tours : 1300 945 396

High Tea Experience at Fortnums

Sat 1st October  until Mon 31st October

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

Oktoberfest at the Cuckoo

Sat 1st October  until Sun 23rd October , All sessions from Friday night through to Sunday night

Come join the Cuckoo Restaurant for a weekend of leather pants, German beer , pretzels, yelling a yodel and slip slop slap dancing. Oktoberfest with the best at the Cuckoo. Bookings essential on 9751 1003.

Cuckoo Restaurant, 508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda

Usual session prices apply, please see website

Edible flowers - growing your own and their uses

Sat 1st October , 10.30am for approximately 1.5 hours

Jocelyn Cross from Petite Ingredient will be stripping away the perceptions of edible flowers as a luxury culinary garnish and explaining how we can very simply grow these delightful floral ingredients in our own gardens and add colour and flavour to our day to day home cooking. Bookings on 03 9751 0584.

Diggers at Cloudehill, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

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

Wild About Tours

Sat 1st October  until Mon 31st October

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).

Homemade herbal remedies for the beginner

Sat 1st October , 1pm for approximately 1.5 hours

Herbal Remedies can be easily made for you or your family from common flowers and herbs. The herbs can be obtained by either growing them in your garden, purchasing them on the internet, or buying them from your local health foods store. We'll cover Aloe Vera, Cayenne Pepper, Chamomile, Comfrey Couch Grass, Dandelion, Marigold (Calendula), Nettle, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme and Valerian Root. Presented by Julie White-Richardson. Bookings on 03 9751 0584.

Diggers at Cloudehill, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

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

Winery Tours with Wild Wombat Tours

Sat 1st October  until Mon 31st October , 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

Sat 1st October  until Mon 31st October , 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 $21, 5 yrs and under free, Family group of 4 or more $21

2016 Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Sat 1st October  until Tue 4th October , 10am until 5pm daily (Weekdays & Weekends)

See a spectacular 700,000 Tulips in bloom and over one million spring flowering bulbs. The Tulip Festival will be buzzing with live daily entertainment, market stalls, the world's biggest clog, a sculpture exhibit and much more. There are various themed days and weekends including Turkish, Yarra Ranges, Dutch, Food Wine & Jazz, Irish and eight days of kids school holiday fun. Visit the website for a full program of entertainment.

Tesselaar Gardens, 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan

$26 adults $22 concession

Colour World Pattern Universe

Sat 1st October  until Mon 31st October , Usual Opening Hours

MILOKO of Sassafras takes pleasure in featuring the paintings of emerging Hills artist Karen Bowen. Inspired by influences as diverse as Hundertwasser, Matisse and Cris Canning, Karen creates joyously colourful works in oil and acrylic that explore themes of pattern and symbolism with exuberant celebration.

Miloko, 372 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Sassafras

Free

Wine Tasting at Olinda Cellars

Sat 1st October  until Mon 31st October , 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.

Irish Weekend at the Tulip Festival

Sat 1st October  until Sun 2nd October , 10am until 5pm daily

A pot of gold at the end of the Rainbow. Why not rejoice in the Tulips this weekend, with fun, music, dancing and Leprechauns! Tesselaar Tulip Festival delights in the ‘greening of the Tulip’, while there is still plenty of colour around. But soon the tractor will be ploughing the fields so it is time to make fun while the Tulips bloom! Top musical entertainment from Knot O’ The Gate, Irish Pipers and Irish dancing. A craic of a weekend.

Tesselaar Tulip Farm, 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan

$26 adults $22 concession

Steam and Cuisine Luncheon Train

Sat 1st October  until Mon 31st October , 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

Sat 1st October  until Mon 31st October

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

Lilydale Farmers Produce Market

Sun 2nd October , 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

Italian Cantina Mondays at Wild Oak

Mon 3rd October  until Mon 31st October , Monday Nights Only (not on public holidays)

Monday Nights are bellissimo at Wild Oak with our very special Italian Cantina Mondays. A changing taste of Italy every week, using the best fresh local produce the region has to offer - not to be missed! Only $15 per person and you can add a glass of wine for just $5. Book online through our website or call 9751 2033.

Cnr Ridge Rd & Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Mt Dandenong

$15 per person + $5 for a glass of wine

Learn Knife Skills at Wild Oak Cooking School

Thu 6th October , 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

Sherbrooke Art Society Spring Exhibition

Fri 7th October  until Sun 30th October , 11am - 4pm (closed Tues)

The members of Sherbrooke Art Society celebrate Spring with an exhibition of new artworks. The Sogetsu School of Ikebana will exhibit beautiful floral art in the traditional Japanese style in the first week of the exhibition. Admission to both exhibitions is free. Come and help celebrate Sherbrooke Art Society's 50th aniversary on the awards opening night 7pm, Friday 7th October.

62 Monbulk Road, Belgrave

Free Entry

Mont De Lancey Country Market

Sat 8th October , 9am - 1pm

The Mont De Lancey Country and Homemade Crafts Market will provide a unique personal encounter with the makers and growers of quality regional products in a heritage setting which provides a true country market environment. You'll find fresh produce, craft, herbs, meat, native flowers and more. Come and see the working Blacksmith's & Wood Turners. Great family fun.

71 Wellington Road, Wandin

Gold Coin entry, children free

Belgrave Big Dreams Market

Sun 9th October , 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

Little Yarra Market

Sat 15th October , 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 15th October , 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

Day Out With Thomas at Puffing Billy Railway

Sat 15th October  until Sun 16th October , 9:00am – 3:30pm

Bring the family to discover the fun of a Day Out With Thomas, jump aboard the carriages of Thomas, Percy and Diesel for a 35 minute return ride through the hills. Have your face painted, ride the Bulgy Bus, play in the animal nursery and discover the exciting Imagination Station, at this wheelchair and pram friendly station. Tickets include all of the activities and rides, a chance to shake hands with The Fat Controller and a take home Junior Engineer Certificate! Enquiries 03 9757 0700.

Gembrook Puffing Billy Railway Station, Main Rd, Gembrook

$35 (4 years + and Adults) $20 (1-3 years) Child under 1 year FREE. No concessions apply.

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Sat 15th October , Departs at 7.00pm Returns 11pm

Join us for an intriguing night of murder, mystery and suspense aboard Puffing Billy's evening train special. Dress to the 1920s and 1930s era to go in the draw to win a prize! Includes train journey, three course meal at the Nobelius Packing Shed and live entertainment. Departs at 7.30pm Fridays and 7.00pm Saturdays. Bookings essential. Contact: 03 9757 0700.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$112 per person

Emerald Craft and Produce Market

Sun 16th October , 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

Secret Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges

Mon 17th October  until Fri 23rd September , Only 50 available places each day

Passionate garden lovers will experience first-hand a selection of beautiful, privately owned gardens, not normally accessible to the general public. All tour packages start from Olinda each morning. Tour through the hills with expert guides like Phillip Johnson, Norma Berry and Joost Bakker. Experience gastronomical delights at leading Dandenong Ranges restaurants, or canapés evenings set in picturesque gardens. This is a one off event not to be missed. Visit the website and explore the gardens and tour itineraries.

Private Gardens through out the Dandenong Ranges

$195 per day (discounts for multiple days)

Thai Master Class at Wild Oak Cooking School

Thu 20th October , 7pm - 9pm

Learn the fine art of fragrant Thai cooking. This fresh healthy fast way of cooking of wonderful flavours to suit everyone from hot to mild. When space became available adjoining the Wild Oak Restaurant, Chef Ben leapt at the chance to convert this quaint little shop into an intimate cooking area. Here, he can fulfil his desire to share knowledge in a fun environment with a small group of students.

Cnr Ridge & Mt Dandenong Tourist Rds, Mt Dandenong

$145 per person

Steam and Cuisine After Dark

Sat 22nd October , 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Steam & Cuisine After Dark offers live entertainment from 6.30pm onwards.The entree and main course are served whilst the train winds its way through the Dandenong Ranges, with the world's tallest flowering tree - the Mountain Ash towering overhead and lush fern gullies, arriving at Lakeside.The return journey completes the evening, with dessert, tea, coffee and a complimentary glass of port. See our website for bookings.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

3 Course Menu $99

Day Out With Thomas at Puffing Billy Railway

Sat 22nd October  until Sun 23rd October , 9:00am – 3:30pm

Bring the family to discover the fun of a Day Out With Thomas, jump aboard the carriages of Thomas, Percy and Diesel for a 35 minute return ride through the hills. Have your face painted, ride the Bulgy Bus, play in the animal nursery and discover the exciting Imagination Station, at this wheelchair and pram friendly station. Tickets include all of the activities and rides, a chance to shake hands with The Fat Controller and a take home Junior Engineer Certificate! Enquiries 03 9757 0700.

Gembrook Puffing Billy Railway Station, Main Rd, Gembrook

$35 (4 years + and Adults) $20 (1-3 years) Child under 1 year FREE. No concessions apply.

Upwey GrassRoots Community Market

Sat 22nd October , 9.30am - 2.30pm

Meet the person behind the product and enjoy live music and a welcoming and a friendly atmosphere. There will be stall holders of all kinds so get there early to get a park and remember to bring your own shopping bags. Enquire on 9752 6037

Main Street, Upwey behind the shops

Free entry

Gembrook Market

Sun 23rd October , 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

Live Jazz at Wild Oak Restaurant

Fri 28th October , 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

SAS Artist of the Year - Nadine Gajnik - Exhibition

Fri 28th October  until Sun 20th November , 11am - 4pm (closed Tues)

Nadine Gajnik is Sherbrooke Art Society's Artist of the Year 2016. Nadine will be exhibiting a collection of new oil paintings in the Reg Green Gallery at Sherbrooke Gallery. Celebrate Nadine's achievement and meet the artist at the opening on Friday the 28th of October at 7pm.

62 Monbulk Road, Belgrave

Free Entry

Pasta Making Master Class at Wild Oak

Sat 29th October , 11am - 2pm

When space became available adjoining the Wild Oak Restaurant, Chef Ben leapt at the chance to convert this quaint little shop into an intimate cooking area. Here, he can fulfill his desire to share knowledge in a fun environment with a small group of students. Learn how to make pasta dough from scratch, different pastas and sauces, and enjoy a glass of wine with Executive Chef and Owner Ben Higgs - not to be missed! Book on our website or call 9751 2033.

Cnr Ridge & Mt Dandenong Tourist Rds, Mt Dandenong

$135 per person

Sunday Afternoon Cafe Series at Burrinja

Sun 30th October , 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