February Events

The Gully Market

Wed 1st February  until Tue 28th February , 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

Chinese New Year at The Cuckoo

Wed 1st February  until Tue 28th February

With thousands of guests visiting the Cuckoo Restaurant from all over the globe it's time to celebrate Chinese New Year. Family friendly and catering for groups large & small we offer our usual four course buffet plus extra special Chinese dishes. The restaurant will be decorated to reflect the year of the rooster and our usual live entertainment and floor show will delight at every session. For Bookings: 03 9751 1003.

The Cuckoo, 508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda

Simply Sassy SALE SALE SALE

Wed 1st February  until Tue 28th February , Open Everyday From 11.30am

Something for everyone ... All styles & tastes ... Fun & conservative! Any Handbag $50, Any Necklace $20, All other Jewellery $15. But only While Stocks Last!

Simply Sassy, 395 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd,Sassafras

Sale Prices!

3 Night Special at Arcadia Cottages

Wed 1st February  until Tue 28th February

Book 3 nights and stay before 7th March 2017 and receive a complimentary Bottle of Wine, Cheese & Dip Platter, Midday Checkout PLUS 10% off Booking. Must mention the code VOMDFEB2017 at time of booking for this special. Available only direct on 03 9751 1017 or through our website. See Arcadia Cottages website for Terms and Conditions.

Arcadia Cottages, 188-190 Falls Road, Olinda

From $700 for 3 nights

February Special Offers at Linden Gardens Rainforest Retreat

Wed 1st February  until Tue 28th February

OFFER 1: Stay 3 nights at Linden Gardens mid-week (Monday to Thursday nights) and receive 10% off per night. OFFER 2: Book 2 nights at Linden Gardens mid-week (Monday to Thursday nights) and receive a complimentary bottle of Sparkling Wine from the Yarra Ranges on arrival. Valid until 28 February 2017, excluding public holiday periods. To book call 9751 1103.

1383 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Mt Dandenong

First Night Free at Valley Ranges Getaways

Wed 1st February  until Tue 28th February

Stay any 3 nights throughout February in any of our beautiful properties and you'll stay the first night for FREE. From cosy cottages for two to grand hills houses to share with friends, you'll find the perfect getaway for you. Simply use the code 3FOR2FEB in the notes when booking online on our website or call 1300 48 84 48.

22 Unique Properties Across the Dandenong Ranges

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

Wed 1st February  until Tue 28th February

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

Steam and Cuisine Luncheon Train

Wed 1st February  until Tue 28th February , 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 $88.50-$98.50 Natter Platter $67.50 - $75

Wine Tasting at Olinda Cellars

Wed 1st February  until Tue 28th February , 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.

Wild About Tours

Wed 1st February  until Tue 28th February

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).

Fruit Bottling Workshops at Rayner's Orchard

Wed 1st February  until Tue 28th February , 2 sessions run daily: 9.30am and 1pm

Book in for a Fruit Bottling Workshop and learn to bottle your own fruit with our friendly staff. You can bottle up your own unique fruit combination or fill some bottles up with traditional fruit flavours. We use Fowlers Vacola equipment and also stock preserving kits, food dehydrators and other bottling equipment in our shop! Why not do the Bottling Workshop then purchase a Fowlers Vacola Preserving Kit to take home and bottle some more! Bookings online or call 03 5964 7654.

Rayner's Orchard, 60 Schoolhouse Rd, Woori Yallock

Adults $89 includes 5 bottles of fruit. Additional bottles of fruit are $5.50 per bottle. Kids are free if accompanied by 2 or more adults. They only pay for fruit bottled at $5.50 per bottle.

Tractor Fruit Tasting Tours

Wed 1st February  until Tue 28th February , Tours run from 9am to 4pm seven days a week all year round (except Christmas Day)

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 $28 Seniors & Children (5 yrs and under free): $23 Family Group (4 +) all @ kids prices p/p: $23

Winery Tours with Wild Wombat Tours

Wed 1st February  until Tue 28th February , 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

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Fri 3rd February , Departs at 7.30pm 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

Kallista Community Market

Sat 4th February , 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

Jazz on Puffing Billy Railway

Sat 4th February , Departs at 7pm

Jazz on Puffing Billy Railway will be trumpeting along with live Jazz music with the Mast Gully Quartet, great local wines and a dinner in the historic Nobelius Packing Shed. From the moment you board, your feet will be tapping as you take the fun-filled journey through the Dandenong Ranges all the way up to the historic restored Packing Shed. The Train departs from Puffing Billy’s Belgrave Station. Bookings essential on 03 9757 0700 or online.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, Belgrave

Artisan Sausages Cooking Class at Wild Oak

Sat 4th February , 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

Lilydale Farmers Produce Market

Sun 5th February , 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

Mont De Lancey Country Market

Sat 11th February , 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

Hills Art Market

Sat 11th February , 9am - 3pm

Come and see what is hidden in the hills at this unique open-air Artists Market, a visual and musical feast. Artists will showcase and sell their art directly to you and visitors can wander through a world of artistic imagination, discovering the variety of skills and techniques and musicians of the local region, while enjoying the beauty of the tall trees, good food, great coffee, and all that the Emerald village has to offer.

Beside Puffing Billy at Emerald Station

Free Entry

Belgrave Big Dreams Market

Sun 12th February , 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

Valentines Day Dinner at The Cuckoo

Tue 14th February , 6.00pm - 11.30pm

Make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one and join us at the Cuckoo Restaurant for something fun and just a little bit different. No double sittings- stay as long as you like for our famous 4 course international buffet, live music, floor show and some sweet extras. Set with a backdrop of mountain ash forests in the Dandenongs, this is the perfect setting for a delightful night out together. For Bookings: 03 9751 1003.

The Cuckoo, 508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda

$72.50 per person

Valentine's Day at Dine Divine

Tue 14th February

Book Now for Valentine's Day Dinner available from 5pm - 9pm Tuesday 14th February. It comprises of a 3 Courses Meal with Glass of Champagne on arrival and finish with Coffee or Tea for Only $60 per head. Booking is essential and going by previous years will book out quickly. Call on 9755 1489.

Dine Divine Sassafras, 345 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd Sassafras

$60 per Head

Celebrate Valentines Day in the Villages

Tue 14th February

The perfect romantic destination. The Villages are the deep breath you've been meaning to take. Breath in the crisp mountain air, enjoy the food and wine and take the time to reconnect with your partner. A romantic getaway to one of our beautiful accommodation options is the perfect way to say 'I Love You'.

Valentine's Day Lunch Train

Tue 14th February , Departs at 12.30pm Returns approximately 3.30pm

Share the grandeur and charm of a three hour steam train journey whilst savouring a delicious lunch in our fully enclosed, heritage dining carriages. Enjoy an all gluten free Three Course menu or graze over our Natter Platter followed by scones, jam and cream. All ladies travelling on Valentine's Day (Tuesday 14 February) will receive a lovely red rose!

Puffing Billy Railway, Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

Three Course Meal $98.50 ($88.50 Concession/Child 5-16 yrs) Natter Platter $75 ($67.50 Concession/Child 5-16 yrs)

Forest and Flowers

Fri 17th February , 10.30 am to 4pm daily

Miloko is featuring the work of Jan Parish. Her work explores the connections between indigenous nature and introduced species that abound in the glorious beauty of the Dandenong Ranges. Her artistic eye is sharpened through her experience of living in the Kimberly and the hills. A soft palette draws the viewer and the swirls and patterns bring a vivid sense of movement and life to her paintings.

Miloko, Woodlands Ave, Sassafras

Free

Dine & Dance on Puffing Billy

Fri 17th February , Departs 7.00pm Returns 11.30pm

Are you ready to Dine & Dance the night away at Puffing Billy? We’re waiting to welcome you and your guests to your unique heritage experience. Winding through the Dandenong Ranges, Dine & Dance on Puffing Billy is the perfect setting for your work function, birthday celebration or a great night out with friends.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$93 per person. No concessions apply.

Montrose Craft Market

Sat 18th February , 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

Little Yarra Market

Sat 18th February , 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 enquiries@littleyarramarket.com or phone 0411 243 673.

Little Yarra Steiner School or Upper Yarra Museum

Free Entry

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Sat 18th February , Departs at 7.30pm 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 19th February , 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

Dine & Dance on Puffing Billy

Fri 24th February , Departs 7.00pm Returns 11.30pm

Are you ready to Dine & Dance the night away at Puffing Billy? We’re waiting to welcome you and your guests to your unique heritage experience. Winding through the Dandenong Ranges, Dine & Dance on Puffing Billy is the perfect setting for your work function, birthday celebration or a great night out with friends.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$93 per person. No concessions apply.

Evergreen Ensemble - Music of the Highlands & Islands

Sat 25th February , Start time: 6.30pm

Forming part of our Music of the Highlands and Islands Twilight Series, Evergreen Ensemble brings you 'Airs for the Seasons', a musical tour through a Scottish country garden. Shane Lestideau (violin), Rosy Hunt (cello), Jessica Foot (oboe and fiddle) and Simon Rickard (bassoon) bring you works from 18th century Scotland by James Oswald, each piece inspired by a flower or vegetable with commentary by Simon Rickard. Also pieces by Purcell, McGibbon and fiery Scottish jigs and reels.

Cloudehill Gardens, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Adults $30 Children under 16 $20

The Roller Coaster Run

Sat 25th February

A great introduction to trail running you can do a 21.5km or 43km run. Runners are treated to a journey through the Dandenong Ranges National Park. The race course is a loop and runners taking up the 43km challenge do a second reverse loop before once again finishing at SkyHigh. The event combines a social atmosphere, a great challenge, some amazing trails and fantastic scenery with the generosity and inclusion of the trail running community at large.

Starts and Finishes at SkyHigh, 26 Observatory Rd, Mt Dandenong

See website for entry fees.

Day Out With Thomas at Puffing Billy Railway

Sat 25th February  until Sun 26th February , 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

Children 4yrs + and Adults - $35, Children 1-3 yrs - $20, Children Under 1 - FREE. No concession fares.

Gembrook Market

Sun 26th February , 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