August Events

High Tea Experience at Fortnums

Wed 1st August  until Fri 31st August

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

FREE Entry at SkyHigh Mt Dandenong Monday to Friday August Only

Wed 1st August  until Fri 31st August , Monday to Friday 9am - 10pm

Whilst temperatures can often remain chilly, views of Melbourne can be spectacular and very beautiful, even on overcast or foggy days. What’s more, by simply following the link to our website and showing the voucher at the gate you’ll gain FREE entry Monday to Friday right throughout August!

26 Observatory Rd, Mt Dandenong

$30 per person

Steam & Cuisine Luncheon

Wed 1st August  until Fri 31st August , 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

Wed 1st August  until Fri 31st August , 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!

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

Yesteryear Tours at Mont De Lancey

Wed 1st August  until Fri 31st August , 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

Wed 1st August  until Fri 31st August , 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

Wed 1st August  until Fri 31st August

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

Cockatoo Country Market

Sat 4th August , 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

Dine & Dance on Puffing Billy

Sat 4th August , 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.

Duplicity at Kelly's Bar and Kitchen

Sat 4th August , 6.30pm - 9.30pm

Acoustic duo Duplicity returns to Kelly's Bar and Kitchen. Covering a range of genres from Jazz and Blues to Rock and Pop, Duplicity takes ukuleles to places they don't normally go combining clever arrangements with beautiful vocals. Duplicity isn't just about the ukulele, we also break out the guitar from time to time for some classic covers. Join us for good company, fine food and, of course, fine acoustic music. At our first appearance at Kelly’s in June we had a full house so be sure to book a table ahead of time.

1510 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda

FREE

Lolly and Icecream Shop Opening Day

Sat 4th August

A wonderful addition to Gembrook, come and celebrate the opening of 'Kids in a Lolly Shop'. Right opposite Puffing Billy's Gembrook Station and next door to The Motorist Museum, a wonderful place to treat the kids to icecream, milkshakes, smoothies, chocolate and of course all their favourite lollies.

77 Main St, Gembrook

Kallista Community Market

Sat 4th August , 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

SkyHigh Sunday Roast Lunch Special

Sun 5th August  until Sun 26th August , Every Sunday in August 11.30am until 3pm

SkyHigh Mt Dandenong, one of Melbourne’s best restaurants and August is the perfect time to bring the whole family or a group of friends for an enticing Sunday 3-course roast luncheon. You will find our stunning ‘eat as much as you like‘ buffet that includes a chocolate fondue with fruit and marshmallows, is complemented by a selection of cheese and biscuits, freshly brewed coffee & teas.

26 Observatory Rd, Mt Dandenong

$30 per Adult & $15 per Child (5 - 12 years)

Rotary Club of Lilydale’s Craft and Produce Market

Sun 5th August , 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

Sat 11th August , 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 11th August , 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

Blossom Season at Rayners Orchard

Sat 11th August  until Sun 16th September , 9am - 4pm

From mid August through to mid September, Rayners Orchard will be running tractor tours through the rows of peach, plum, apricot and nectarine blossom, with plenty of stops along the way to capture memories with family and friends. With a picturesque backdrop of hundreds of stone fruit trees in bloom, this is a farm tour you won't forget!

60 Schoolhouse Rd, Woori Yallock

Belgrave Big Dreams Market

Sun 12th August , 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

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Sat 18th August , 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

Spring Open Garden & Garden Train Display

Sat 18th August , 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

Montrose Craft Market

Sat 18th August , 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 August , 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 19th August , 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 19th August , 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

Steam & Cuisine After Dark

Sat 25th August , 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 25th August , 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

Gembrook Market

Sun 26th August , 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