May Events

Dandenong Ranges Open Studios Exhibition

Fri 30th March  until Sun 6th May , Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm

What Lies Beneath. Now in its 15th year, The Dandenong Ranges Open Studios presents artwork from 27 participating studios. The annual group exhibition is designed to produce a cohesive and diverse range of artwork to showcase the creative energy and skill of each artist. This exhibition asks you to see what lies beneath…

Burrinja Gallery, Cnr Glenfern Rd & Matson Dve, Upwey

Free Entry

High Tea Experience at Fortnums

Tue 1st May  until Thu 31st May

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

Chocolate Facial at Nourish Olinda

Tue 1st May  until Sat 12th May , Open 7 Days 10am - 5pm

The absolute ultimate indulgence - the Chocolate Facial - NEW at Nourish Day Spa. Be one of the first to experience it for JUST $99 (normally $135). It's the indulgent facial, with AMAZING results!! Call 9751-1029 to book your spot today!

Nourish Day Spa, 31 Monash Ave, Olinda

Introductory Offer Just $99

Valley Ranges Getaways Autumn Picnic Hamper Offer

Tue 1st May  until Thu 31st May

Autumn is such a beautiful time to get out into the gardens and parks of the Dandenong Ranges. Find some peace under the trees with a gourmet picnic hamper for two from The Sassafras Providore. Enjoy a changing hamper of baguettes, a selection of fruits, antipasto produce and cheeses, flourless chocolate cake and two bottles of mineral water, iced tea or soft drink. Simply Add the code AUTUMN when booking 3 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.

Accommodation throughout the Dandenong Ranges

Stay 3 nights or more during Autumn and enjoy a Complimentary Gourmet Picnic Hamper worth $80!

Steam and Cuisine Luncheon Train

Tue 1st May  until Thu 31st May , 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

Earthly Pleasures Cafe Now Open for Dinner Fri & Sat Nights

Tue 1st May  until Thu 31st May , Small Plates from 4pm dinner from 5pm

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. Come and try our new Autumn menu!

1627 Burwood Hwy, Belgrave

10% off all books on Tuesdays at Daisy Boots Bookshop

Tue 1st May  until Thu 31st May

Daisy Boots Book Shop in Sassafras has a wide range of books to suit every taste. From books for children and young adults, to the latest in general fiction and non-fiction titles, we've got your reading needs covered. Pop in on Tuesdays for 10% off all books.

385 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Sassafras

Yesteryear Tours at Mont De Lancey

Tue 1st May  until Thu 31st May , 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

Tue 1st May  until Thu 31st May , 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?

Tue 1st May  until Thu 31st May

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

Tue 1st May  until Thu 31st May

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 4th May , 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

Introduction to Permaculture Principles and Design for Beginners

Sat 5th May , 10.30am for approximately 1.5 hours

Permaculture is a form of landscape design that follows recognised principles, while utilizing the features and patterns occurring in our natural eco-systems. With a focus on sustainability, the ultimate goal is an energy efficient and self-supporting environment within your garden borders. Your introduction in this workshop will be a brief history of Permaculture, while also covering the 12 key principles upon which Permaculture is based. Bookings essential on 03 9751 0584.

Diggers at Cloudehill, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Diggers members: $39, non-members: $49

Simple Cider Making at Home

Sat 5th May , 1pm for approximately 1.5 hours

Celebrate the apple season harvest by joining us at Cloudehill, and learn to become a cider connoisseur! ‘Pete the Permi’, with his extensive experience with heritage fruit trees, will discuss the best cider making fruit varieties and rootstocks, and how to grow and maintain your own heritage fruit trees at home. You'll learn about the basic and inexpensive equipment you need, and how to lay out your own domestic Cidery, so you can then create your very own home-grown cider to enjoy with your family and friends. Bookings essential on 03 9751 0584.

Diggers at Cloudehill, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Diggers members: $39, non-members: $49

Cockatoo Country Market

Sat 5th May , 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 5th May , 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 5th May , 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

Dandenong Ranges Open Studios Weekend

Sat 5th May  until Sun 6th May , 10am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday

We are delighted to invite you into the personal studios of the artists living in the rich landscape of the Dandenong Ranges. Each studio space offers unique stories, histories and contexts, the weekend is an opportunity to get an exclusive ‘sneak peak’ into the vibrant creative spaces and incredible architectural dwellings. There is also an array of workshops and events held over the weekend.

Various Studios across the Dandenong Ranges

Free Entry

Success with Avocados in the hills

Sun 6th May , 10.30am for approximately 1.5 hours

We love them, we crave them, and they’re even really good for us, delicious avocados, food of the millennials, but how do you successfully grow a great crop, especially in the hills? Loved all year round, in salads and smashed on toast, avocados are certainly loved by the masses, but they can cost a fortune to buy, so join ‘Pete the Permie’ to learn all there is to know about success with avocados at home. He’ll discuss varieties, what’s best for your backyard, soil and environment needs, companion planting and pollination, and much much more, to get you on your way to growing an almost year-round supply! Bookings essential on 03 9751 0584.

Diggers at Cloudehill, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Diggers members: $39, non-members: $49

Rotary Club of Lilydale’s Craft and Produce Market

Sun 6th May , 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

Annual Kalorama Chestnut Festival

Sun 6th May , 10am to 4pm

An Annual Hills tradition celebrating all things Chestnut! Chestnut ice cream? Chestnut beer? Chestnut cream poffertjees? Who knew there were so many delicious ways to enjoy a chestnut. Come and join us for a day of family fun on the mountain. Gourmet food, Devonshire tea, coffee, beer and mulled wine. Explore locally made handcrafts and produce and there are loads of fairground rides and fun activities to enjoy.

Kalorama Reserve, Kalorama

Free Entry

Rhythm & Blues on Puffing Billy Railway

Sat 12th May , Departs 7pm Returns at 11.30pm

Enjoy a night of fine wine, food and entertainment by local Melbourne Blues band, Black and Blue. During the forward journey the entree will be served before disembarking the train at the historic Nobelius Packing Shed. You’ll enjoy a hearty meal from the carvery whilst listening (and dancing) to the smooth sounds of Black and Blue.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$103per person

Mother's Day Chocolate Rosebud Workshop

Sun 13th May , 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

In our first ever chocolate workshop, held at the Only Mine Chocolate Factory in Olinda, you will learn how to create these stunning chocolate rosebuds. Course elements include: - Decorating and styling the rosebuds - Understanding tempering of chocolate - Moulding chocolates - Creating and piping chocolate ganache - Finishing chocolates - Unmoulding chocolates - Joining chocolates. Book Now!

Only Mine Chocolate Factory, Shop 1, 540 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda

$65 - Booking is essential

Mother's Day at SkyHigh Mount Dandenong

Sun 13th May , 9am until 10pm

Just 45 minutes from Melbourne CBD and you will be SkyHigh on the uppermost reach of the Dandenong Ranges. Treat your Mum on that one special day with a devine breakfast, lunch or dinner overlooking Melbourne. We have many options for you to treat your Mum on Mother's Day this year from breakfast, lunch & dinner.

26 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong

Prices vary from $40 - $95 per adult to $25 - $45 per child

Love you Mum! Wood Sherbrooke

Sun 13th May , 9am to 5pm

Spoil Mum this Mother Day with a Champagne Breakfast or 3 Course lunch at Woods Sherbrooke. Champagne breakfast: Adults $35 Kids $20; 3 Course lunch including glass of wine or beer Adults $70 Kids $35.

Woods Sherbrooke. 21 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

Belgrave Big Dreams Market

Sun 13th May , 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

Fri 18th May , 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

Steam and Cuisine After Dark

Sat 19th May , 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

Montrose Craft Market

Sat 19th May , 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 19th May , 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

Emerald Craft and Produce Market

Sun 20th May , 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

Jazz on Puffing Billy Railway

Sat 26th May , Departs at 7pm Returns at 11:30pm

The Jazz Train is back in 2018 aboard Australia’s favourite steam train - Puffing Billy. Enjoy a night of fine wine, food and live Jazz by Off the Cuff as Puffing Billy trumpets through the Dandenong Ranges all the way to the historic Nobelius Packing Shed. A three course meal plus more Jazz tunes will ensure you have a night to remember and a truly unique and memorable experience.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$103 per person

Gembrook Market

Sun 27th May , 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