September Events

Relax Reset Recharge at Wild Orchid Olinda

Wed 1st August  until Sun 30th September

Relax, reset and recharge with our special midweek package. Stay midweek for 3 nights in August and September and pay for 2 nights. Offer available Sunday - Thursday and only by booking direct on 9751 2556.

1576 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda

Midweek special - Stay for 3 nights Pay for 2

High Tea Experience at Fortnums

Sat 1st September  until Sun 30th September

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 are essential on 9755 1200.

Fortnums, 295 Mt Tourist Dandenong Rd, Sassafras

$45.90 per person

Cockatoo Country Market

Sat 1st September , 8.30am - 1.30pm

The Cockatoo Country Market is your local artisan market held in Cockatoo in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Where possible stall holders offer locally grown and made products.

77 Pakenham Road, Cockatoo

Everything Patchwork and Quilting at Gembrook

Sat 1st September , 10am - 4pm

There will be 30 traders present at the 5th Everything Patchwork and Quilting at Gembrook. The traders will be displaying/demonstrating/selling all things patchworkers and quilters love and must have. There will be a raffle and light refreshments available all day. All profit benefits the Gembrook CFA. Call 5968 1427 for further details.

Gembrook Community Centre, Pakenham/Gembrook Rd, Gembrook

$5 entry All profit to Gembrook CFA

Steam & Cuisine Luncheon

Sat 1st September  until Sun 30th September , Departs: 12:30pm daily (excluding Victorian Public Holidays)

Relax and share the majestic three-hour steam train journey as you take in the scenic vista of the Dandenong Ranges. Indulge in a delicious seasonal three-course menu or Natter Platter filled with a selection of cured meats, fine cheeses, and Devonshire Tea. Perfect for an afternoon filled with good food and local Yarra Valley wine.

Puffing Billy Railway, 1 Old Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$103 (Three Course Meal) $79 (Natter Platter) Concessions available.

Sunday High Tea at Marybrooke Manor

Sat 1st September  until Sun 30th September , 1-4pm every Sunday - bookings essential

High Tea can be enjoyed every Sunday afternoon at the historic Marybrooke Manor. Celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and hens days or just to spoil yourself. Our delightful menu consists of unlimited Manor made scones with chantilly cream and jam, assorted savoury and sweet selections and a selection of Madame Flavour teas and brewed coffee. Seatings available in the Sherbrooke Room between 1pm and 4pm. Price $40 per person. Children under 12 years are half price. Bookings are essential. Please call (03) 9755 2755.

Marybrooke, 10 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

$40 per person including unlimited scones!

Kallista Community Market

Sat 1st September , 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

Spring Open Garden & Garden Train Display

Sat 1st September , 10am - 3.30pm

We invite you to visit our Spring Open Garden & Garden Train Display for 2018! The garden features thousands of rare & miniature bulbs, small native plants and a range of drought hardy exotic plants including Camelias and a Tree Peony collection. And the Garden Railway winds its way around the English village and across bridges! Admission includes free tea, coffee & biscuits.

8-10 Henderson Hill Rd, Silvan

Adults $3 Children $2 Family 2 Adults and 3 Children $10

Wood Working Wonders Expo at Warratina Lavendar Farm

Sat 1st September  until Sun 16th September , Wednesday - Monday 10am - 4pm

Come along to Warratina Lavender Farm and enjoy wonderful wood turning demonstrations, wood carvings and all kinds of wood items for sale including furniture, salad bowls and many other beautiful pieces! Entry fee to the local CFA. All enquiries please call 03 5964 4650.

Warratina Lavendar Farm, 105 Quayle Rd, Wandin Yallock

Exhibition entry: Gold Coin Donation

Yesteryear Tours at Mont De Lancey

Sat 1st September  until Sun 30th September , Weds - Sun 11am & 2pm (2 hours)

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in the 1880s? Our YesterYear tour highlights the comparisons between a modern home and the pioneer Homestead. See if you can guess what rooms are missing. How would you manage without hot water, electricity, phone, internet, car and many other conveniences? As the Tour progresses around the property you will walk through the beautiful gardens set in lawns with stunning trees including a magnificent 100 year old oak. There’s also Montys Tearoom for light lunches and refreshments.

71 Wellington Road, Wandin

Adult $10 Concession $8 Children FREE

The Gully Market

Sat 1st September  until Sun 30th September , 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

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

Sat 1st September  until Sun 30th September

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

Father's Day at SkyHigh Mount Dandenong

Sun 2nd September , 8.30am until 9.30pm

Want to spoil dad this Father’s Day? At SkyHigh Mt Dandenong, we offer a number of different Father’s day dining options in our lower floor bistro and in our upper floor function room. Bookings are essential and we can be contacted during office hours on 9751 0443.

26 Observatory Rd, Mt Dandenong

From $25 to $75 per person

Rotary Club of Lilydale’s Craft and Produce Market

Sun 2nd September , 8am - 1pm

A farm fresh produce and craft 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 local crafts, fresh 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

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Fri 7th September , Departs at 7.30pm Fridays and 7.00pm Saturdays. Returns 11.30pm

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. Bookings essential. Contact: 03 9757 0700.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$115 per person

Friends of George Tindale Plant Sale

Sat 8th September , 9am - 2pm

Keen gardeners should not miss the opportunity to purchase a treasure at the monthly plant and bulb sale hosted by Friends of George Tindale Gardens. Smaller in size, our sales will focus on seasonal plants, propagated from our collection & donated from the Friends' gardens. Visitors will also have an opportunity to meander through the magnificent George Tindale Gardens. All monies raised will be used to assist with ongoing improvements to the garden.

George Tindale Gardens, Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

Free of charge

Steam & Cuisine After Dark

Sat 8th September , 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Puffing Billy invites you to Steam & Cuisine After Dark where you and your guests will enjoy this exclusive dining event in our beautifully restored First Class dining carriages. Savour over our seasonal three-course menu as you enjoy a relaxing journey through the magnificent Dandenong Ranges.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Old Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

3 Course Menu $103 per person

Spring Open Garden & Garden Train Display

Sat 8th September , 10am - 3.30pm

We invite you to visit our Spring Open Garden & Garden Train Display for 2018! The garden features thousands of rare & miniature bulbs, small native plants and a range of drought hardy exotic plants including Camelias and a Tree Peony collection. And the Garden Railway winds its way around the English village and across bridges! Admission includes free tea, coffee & biscuits.

8-10 Henderson Hill Rd, Silvan

Adults $3 Children $2 Family 2 Adults and 3 Children $10

Belgrave Big Dreams Market

Sun 9th September , 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

Dine & Dance on Puffing Billy

Fri 14th September , 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

$98 per person. No concessions apply.

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Sat 15th September , Departs at 7.30pm Fridays and 7.00pm Saturdays. Returns 11.30pm

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. Bookings essential. Contact: 03 9757 0700.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$115 per person

Art Safari

Sat 15th September , 7:00 - 9:00pm

You're invited to enjoy the hillsceneLIVE 2018 launch ART SAFARI at Burrinja Gallery. A different way to experience an evening that showcases the artists, the festival and reinvents the gallery space. The meeting of two programs that promises to be an expedition into the wild side of art. HillsceneLIVE is an experiential arts festival fthat nurtures experimental works and embraces risky ideas.

Burrinja Cultural Centre, Cnr Glenfern Road and Matson Dr, Upwey

FREE

Montrose Craft Market

Sat 15th September , 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

Grassroots Market Upwey

Sat 15th September , 11am - 5pm

A fantastic showcase of local home-made/grown talent from Upwey and surrounds. Enjoy tasty treats, inspiring craft, beautiful homewares, fresh local produce, cool melodies from buskers, Crafty kids and family activities. Chat to dynamic community groups and see what fantastic offerings Upwey has on offer. So much for everyone. Our markets are family and dog friendly, so please consider coming along and seeing the array of local talent we have on show.

Village Green 6a Mahoney St, (Behind Upwey Shops)

Free outdoor market with kids activities and music

Little Yarra Market

Sat 15th September , 10am - 3pm

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.

Upper Yarra Museum, Old Railway Station, Warburton Hwy, Yarra Function

Free Entry

Meditation Classes for Kids

Sun 16th September , 10am - 11.30am

These meditation & buddhism for kids classes introduce children of all ages to simple Kadampa Buddhist teachings and meditations designed to help them solve their problems and develop a happy heart. Every class will emphasise loving kindness and cultivating a positive mind. Classes also include simple prayers, fun activities and discussions relevant to their everyday experiences. Suggested age: 5-10 years, children to be accompanied by an adult.

Kadampa Medidation Centre Australia, 25 McCarthy Road, Olinda

Class fee: $6, this includes morning tea. No booking is required.

Emerald Craft and Produce Market

Sun 16th September , 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

Fondue Night at the Deli Platter

Sat 22nd September , 7.30pm

Do you fondue? An all you can eat evening with traditional accompaniments & charcuterie. A glass of wine to start your evening is included and available by the glass. Seats are strictly limited and may be booked through Try Booking. Please see our website for links & further details.

1/1514 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda

$35 adult all you can eat

Spring School Holidays at Rayners Orchard

Sat 22nd September  until Sun 7th October , 9am - 4pm

Fruit Tasting Tractor Tours running every day from 9am - 4pm with Special Offer only available during the September School Holidays. Receive 1kg of Kiwi Fruit FREE when you take a Family Tractor Fruit Tasting Adventure Tour! Join a tour in Spring School Holidays & pick your own oranges, mandarins & kiwi fruit - & sample lots more!

60 Schoolhouse Road, Woori Yallock

Family classified as 4 or more people with 1 paying child

September Children's Festival 2018 at SkyHigh Mount Dandenong

Sun 23rd September  until Fri 5th October , 11am until 5pm over the School Holidays from 23rd September until 5th October

September Spring school holidays are the best – it’s not too cold, not too hot, so perfect for getting out, and SkyHigh Mt Dandenong is the place to be for great activities and fun for kids to make sure you never hear those two dreaded words: “I’m bored!” The fun activities and games change every day, so make sure you check the daily activities and times on our website.

26 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong

Activities are FREE of Charge - Gate Fees & Maze Fees Apply

Gembrook Market

Sun 23rd September , 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 Community Centre, Gembrook-Pakenham Rd, Gembrook