January Events

High Tea Experience at Fortnums

Tue 1st January  until Thu 31st January

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

Sunday High Tea at Marybrooke Manor

Tue 1st January  until Thu 31st January , 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!

Lavender Season at Warratina Lavender Farm

Tue 1st January  until Thu 31st January

Come and enjoy everything lavender during lavender season. 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

$10 per person (Children under 12 free) Includes a free lavender icecream

Mid Week Happy Hour at Dudleys

Tue 1st January  until Thu 31st January , 4.30pm to 6.30pm

Monday to Friday Happy Hour 4.30pm to 6.30pm. $8 pints. $30 Dips plate with any pint, stubby or glass of sparkling or 150ml wine. Yes any drink.... save up to $10.

540 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda

$8 pints!

The Gully Market

Tue 1st January  until Thu 31st January , 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

Stay 2 nights or more and kids stay FREE

Tue 1st January  until Thu 31st January

That's right, every school holidays, stay 2 nights or more at any of our family properties and the kids stay FREE! That's a saving of up to $200 in some of our properties which is more money to spend on the things that make going away fun. Just use the Code KIDSFREE when booking online or call 1300 48 84 48 and we'll do the rest. Sorry, but not to be used in conjunction with any other offer and only when booking direct. Not available between 25th December - 1st January. Explore our Family Accommodation and Family Getaways Guide for lots of fun things to do with the kids.

Valley Ranges Getaways

10% OFF all 2 Night Stays during Summer

Tue 1st January  until Thu 28th February

Forget the beach - Summer is a great time to escape to the cool climate Dandenong Ranges. Cool down in one of our beautiful air conditioned properties and explore the cool climate gardens and forests. Hit the walking trails or enjoy some fruit picking at the many local orchards. Simply Add the code SUMMER when booking 2 nights or more or call 1300 48 84 48 to book. Offer is not available for stays that include public holidays. Direct bookings only and not valid in conjunction with any other offer.

Valley Ranges Getaways

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

Tue 1st January  until Thu 31st January

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

Rotary Club of Lilydale’s Craft and Produce Market

Sun 6th January , 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

SkyHigh's Children Festival January 2019

Tue 8th January  until Sun 20th January , 11am until 5pm

January Summer school holidays are the best. With Christmas out of the way & children with energy to burn it’s perfect for getting out. SkyHigh 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!” Every day there’s so much happening; meet animals up close, take part in treasure hunts, enjoy a pony ride, some music or mini golf.

26 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong

Activities are FREE, Gate Fees Do Apply

Lavender at Twilight at Warratina Lavender Farm

Sat 12th January , From 6.30pm

Come and enjoy everything lavender at Twilight during lavender season. A great night out with canapés & Yarra Valley Wines amongst the Lavender. For further information call 03 5964 4650 or book tickets on our website.

Warratina Lavender Farm, 105 Quayle Rd, Wandin Yallock

$75 per person

Little Yarra Market

Sat 19th January , 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

True Fairies presents ‘Fairy Snow’s Interactive Storytelling’

Wed 23rd January , 11am, 11.30 and 1pm

Free holiday fun at Daisy Boots Book Shop as Fairy Snow shares some of our favourite stories. Interactive storytelling sessions will be held at 11am, 11.30am and 1pm in the lovely courtyard beside our store - courtesy of our good friends at Smits & Bits.

Daisy Boots Book Shop, 385 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Sassafras


Nellie in her own Write with artists from the Melba Opera Trust

Sat 26th January , 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Over the years we have found low evening light is the loveliest time to explore the gardens and a twilight performance in the theatre makes the occasion very special. Come and enjoy a program including Nellie Melba's most beloved songs and arias, interspersed with stories of her life in the Green Theatre at Cloudehill.

Cloudehill Garden Twilight Series - 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Adults $50 Children $30 (under 16)

Gembrook Market

Sun 27th January , 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