February Events

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

High Tea Experience at Fortnums

Thu 1st February  until Wed 28th February

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

Earthly Pleasures Cafe Now Open for Dinner Fri & Sat Nights

Thu 1st February  until Sat 31st March

Earthly Pleasures Cafe Dinner service is back, Friday and Saturday nights from 5.30pm, Small plates from 4.30pm and Happy Hour Friday nights from 4.30pm. For a meal or just a knock off drink after a long week, come and enjoy this perfect summer weather on the terrace.

1627 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave

Steam and Cuisine Luncheon Train

Thu 1st February  until Wed 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- 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

Yesteryear Tours at Mont De Lancey

Thu 1st February  until Wed 28th February , 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

Thu 1st February  until Wed 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

Afternoon Tea Anyone?

Thu 1st February  until Wed 28th February

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

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

Thu 1st February  until Wed 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 After Dark

Fri 2nd February , 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Puffing Billy introduces Steam & Cuisine After Dark where you and your guests will enjoy this exclusive dining event in our faithfully restored First Class dining carriages. The entree and main course are served whilst the train winds its way through the Dandenong Ranges, arriving at Lakeside. The return journey completes the evening, with dessert, tea, coffee and a complimentary glass of port.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

3 Course Menu $103 per person

Cockatoo Country Market

Sat 3rd February , 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

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Sat 3rd February , 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

Kallista Community Market

Sat 3rd 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

Rotary Club of Lilydale’s Craft and Produce Market

Sun 4th February , 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

Dine & Dance on Puffing Billy

Sat 10th 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

$98 per person. No concessions apply.

Evergreen Ensemble 'Snow in Summer' at Cloudehill Gardens

Sat 10th February , Gates Open: 5pm Start time: 6.00pm

Cloudehill is privileged to present Evergreen Ensemble, a Twilight recital in the Cloudehill Green Theatre. Evergreen Ensemble pays homage to the music of the cold and windswept landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, as well exploring their Scandinavian ties. Scottish baroque music as you’ve never heard it before, arranged for electric viola da gamba, celtic harp, baroque violin, theorbo and the angelic voice of Claire Patti. 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

Hills Art Market

Sat 10th 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 11th 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

Valentine's Day Lunch Train

Wed 14th February , Departs at 7.30pm Returns approximately 10.30pm

Our live musician will be performing from 6.30pm onwards as you board the train. The entree and main course are served whilst the train winds its way through the Dandenong Ranges, with the world's tallest flowering tree - the Mountain Ash towering overhead and lush fern gullies brushing past. At Lakeside station, grab your table lantern and take a stroll along the platform and capture some amazing images of the steam engine at night. The return journey completes the evening, with dessert, tea, coffee and a complimentary glass of port served.

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

$115 per person. No concessions apply.

Celebrate Valentines Day in the Villages

Wed 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 at Dine Divine

Wed 14th February

Enjoy a romantic five course dinner menu with a glass of sparkling on arrival in the gorgeous historic church. Bookings essential on 9755 1489.

Dine Divine Sassafras, 345 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd Sassafras

$75 per person

Valentines Day Dinner at The Cuckoo

Wed 14th February , 6.30pm - 11.00pm

Lovebirds, come and enjoy a evening at the Cuckoo Restaurant with our new European buffet and sizzling grill. Enjoy a sumptuous full smorgasbord offering fresh seafood, grilled grass fed steaks, rosemary lamb chops and seasoned chicken. Strawberries, chocolate and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine on arrival and a rose for the couple. Enjoy German beers, a special cocktail for the night at an intimate candlelit dinner for two. Live romantic music with quality entertainers provided and free surprise gift! For Bookings: 03 9751 1003.

The Cuckoo, 508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda

$69.00 per adult

SkyHigh Mt Dandenong's Valentine's Day Dinner

Wed 14th February , 6pm - 10.30pm

Treat your loved one to a romantic and memorable dining experience with stunning views of the Melbourne skyline as the sun sets. Dining upstairs in SkyHigh's stylish function room or in the lower level bistro, enjoy a three course dinner, comprising a shared platter to start, your choice of mains and an indulgent shared dessert plate. Bookings Essential: 9751 0443.

26 Observatory Rd, Mt Dandenong

$70 per person

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Fri 16th February , 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

Jali Buba Kuyateh 'The heart of Africa' at Cloudehill Gardens

Sat 17th February , Gates Open: 5pm Start time: 6.00pm

Cloudehill is privileged to present Jali Buba Kuyateh 'The Heart of Africa', a Twilight recital of music from the Senegalese Griot tradition in the Cloudehill Green Theatre. Rarely do you see such a complete musician as Jali Buba Kuyateh. Jali Buba comes from a griot (hereditary musician) family, where he has played kora since the age of five and comes from the famous Kuyateh family of Medina Wandifa. 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

Montrose Craft Market

Sat 17th 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 17th February , 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

Steam and Cuisine After Dark

Fri 23rd February , 7.30pm - 10.30pm

Puffing Billy introduces Steam & Cuisine After Dark where you and your guests will enjoy this exclusive dining event in our faithfully restored First Class dining carriages. The entree and main course are served whilst the train winds its way through the Dandenong Ranges, arriving at Lakeside. The return journey completes the evening, with dessert, tea, coffee and a complimentary glass of port.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

3 Course Menu $103 per person

The Roller Coaster Run

Sat 24th 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.

Yoga Splash Fest

Sun 25th February , 8.30am - 1.00pm

This 4 hour yoga and meditation event is designed to highlight the benefits of yoga and meditation and to bring awareness to our beautiful outdoor hilltop pool. Included is a short massage, free entry to the pool all day, 2 different types of yoga, a sonic meditation as well as healthy food and health and healing practitioners to chat to about what they can offer you.

Olinda Community Pool, Olinda-Monbulk Rd

Singles $50 Groups of 2 $95 Groups of 4 $160 Child $30 Pensioner $40

Emerald Craft and Produce Market

Sun 25th 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

Gembrook Market

Sun 25th 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 Community Centre, Gembrook-Pakenham Rd, Gembrook

David Strassman's "iTedE"

Wed 28th February , 7.00pm

It’s about Chucking time… Side-splitting comedy! A hilarious all-new show! Strasso’s screwed. He can’t get Chuck and Ted E. off their iPhones. They’re lost to Snapchat, Instagram & Facebook. The battle is on! And in an amazing live-show breakthrough, Strasso throws his voice to 5 puppets at once. It’s a riotously unbelievable, 6-way comedy routine. You seriously won’t believe it!

The Memo, 235 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville

Full - $59.90, Concession and Groups - $49.90