January Events


Sat 2nd December  until Wed 31st January , Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11am to 5pm (Open 7 days a week from Boxing Day to Australia Day)

Rosemary Laing is a renowned Australian artist who has worked with photography since the late 1980s. This exhibition includes major works that demonstrate her interest in how Australians have both perceived and moved through the landscape, shifting between dramatic vistas in works such as the leak and one dozen unnatural disasters in the Australian landscape series.

TarraWarra Museum of Art, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Healesville

$12 Adults $10 Seniors card holders $8 Pensioners, concession & students Children under 12 free

Burrinja Kids Stay & Play

Sat 23rd December  until Sun 28th January , Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm

A welcoming environment for families to engage with the arts in a practical and affordable way, throughout the year. Developed by Burrinja in collaboration with local artists, ‘Burrinja Kids… Stay and Play!’ is an exciting initiative that invites children and families to engage with art through a range of hands-on activities. The program celebrates the Burrinja exhibition program by creating interactive avenues to ignite the imagination and creativity of our young patrons.

Burrinja, Cnr Glenfern Rd and Matson Dr, Upwey


Lavendar Harvest Time at Warratina Lavendar Farm

Mon 1st January  until Wed 31st January

Come and enjoy everything lavender during lavender season. Book a tour and see how lavender is harvested and dried. Drying Shed Tours take place at Weekends or by appointment at other times. Enjoy our new summer menu with daily chef specials. For further information call 03 5964 4650.

Warratina Lavender Farm, 105 Quayle Rd, Wandin Yallock

Tours of Drying Shed Daily. $2 Entry.

Peach & Nectarine Season at Rayners

Mon 1st January  until Wed 28th February , 9am - 4pm

Stonefruit is the taste of summer, and Rayners Orchard has plenty to choose from — yellow, red & white flesh peaches & nectarines—ready for sampling on fruit tasting tours & available for picking. Rayners Orchard run fruit tasting adventure tours every day on demand—walk ins welcome. Tours run for an hour, & include lots of fruit samples. U Pick optional during tours. Open 7 days from 9am–5pm.

Rayner's Orchard, 60 Schoolhouse Rd, Woori Yallock

Door Sales Only

Afternoon Tea Anyone?

Mon 1st January  until Wed 31st January

People often travel to The Villages just for a real Devonshire Tea and with the increasing popularity of a High Tea, will often spend all afternoon drinking tea and grazing on the sweet and savoury delights. What a way to spend a day! Whether you want a full English High Tea Experience or just a piece of delicious cake or tart with a pot of tea or a coffee - you're in the right place! Find out more about the differences and where you can find the best Afternoon Tea experiences in the Dandenong Ranges.

Locations throughout the Dandenong Ranges

Steam and Cuisine Luncheon Train

Mon 8th January  until Wed 31st January , 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- great for sharing! Bookings essential. Contact: 03 9757 0700.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

3 Course Menu $93-$103 Natter Platter $71- $79

Sultan performing at Cloudehill Gardens

Sat 13th January , Gates Open: 5pm Start time: 6.30pm

Cloudehill is privileged to present Sultan, a Twilight recital in the Cloudehill Green Theatre. Sultan brings you the ancient rhythms & melodies from Anatolia and the Old World. Featuring Murat Yucel on vocals, darbukka and dendir, Alisha Brooks on soprano saxophone, Cuneyt Cakmak on kanan, Paddy Montgomery on oud and Rory Brown on double bass. Enquiries to Jeremy Francis on 03 9751 1009. Book your tickets online through the link below.

Cloudehill Gardens, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Adults $25 Children Under 16 $15

Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships PROUDLY sponsored by STIHL

Tue 16th January  until Sun 21st January , Tuesday 16th January until Sunday 21st January, 2018

Have you ever seen an artist create a sculpture with a chainsaw to create an entire sculpture from a single piece of wood in just 5 days? The annual Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships proudly sponsored by STIHL are on again in January, and it’s your opportunity to come and see 10 of the world’s best chainsaw carvers compete at SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, just an hour’s drive from Melbourne.

SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, 26 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong

Gate Entry $6.00 per car

Opera in the Garden at Cloudehill Gardens

Sat 27th January , Gates Open: 5pm Start time: 6.30pm

Cloudehill is privileged to present Opera in the Garden with Victorian Opera, a Twilight recital in the Cloudehill Green Theatre. Join us for a very special twilight recital brought to you by Victorian Opera in the Green Theatre at Cloudehill. Enquiries to Jeremy Francis on 03 9751 1009. Book your tickets online through the link below.

Cloudehill Gardens, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Adults $45 Children Under 16 $30