November Events

Tractor Fruit Tasting Tours

Wed 1st November  until Thu 30th November , Tours run from 9am to 4pm seven days a week all year round (except Christmas Day)

Sample fruit as it was meant to be eaten - straight from the tree! Sit in comfort in a covered trailer behind the farm tractor and enjoy a farm tour with fruit! U pick available during tours. Tours run daily between 9am - 4pm and last around 1 hour. Fruit picked to take away is charged depending on variety. During these tours 8 - 10 varieties of fruit samples are offered.

Rayner's Orchard, 60 Schoolhouse Rd Woori Yallock

Adults $28 Seniors & Children (5 yrs and under free): $23 Family Group (4 +) all @ kids prices p/p: $23

Winery Tours with Wild Wombat Tours

Wed 1st November  until Thu 30th November , Public & Private Tours 7 days

Our Yarra Valley Winery Tour is so popular we run it every day, seven days a week. One of the things that sets us apart from other tours is that we like our Yarra Valley winery tour itineraries to be totally flexible. This way, we can discuss with you any particular wineries you’d like to visit, or wine varietals you’d like to try, so we can ensure you get the most out of your day. Call 1300 945 396 to book.

Wild Wombat Tours : 1300 945 396

From $110 per person

Sunday Roast Lunch at SkyHigh Mount Dandenong

Wed 1st November  until Thu 30th November , 11.30 until 3pm - Only available every Sunday at SkyHigh

Enjoy SkyHigh Mount Dandenong’s Sunday Roast Lunch. Located in our upstairs Function Room with stunning views… Entree of soup, choice of roast pork or beef with all the trimmings, traditional fish and chips for main course. For the children we have fish & chips or chicken nuggets & chips if they do not wish to have the roast and of course something sweet - eat as much as you like from our dessert buffet. See our website to book.

SkyHigh, 26 Observatory Rd, Mt Dandenong

Adults $39.50 - Children $20.00 (5 - 12 years) includes a glass of wine for the Adults only - Children's price does not include drinks

Book 4 nights - Pay for 3 at Arcadia Cottages

Wed 1st November  until Fri 22nd December

Book 4 nights and only pay for 3 at Arcadia Cottages when staying between 1st November to December 22nd 2017. For bookings made through Arcadia Cottages website only or by phoning direct on 03 9751 1017. Please Note: For this special the code 4NIGHTSPECIAL17 must be mentioned at time of booking. For full details of offer including terms and conditions see our website.

Arcadia Cottages, 188-190 Falls Road, Olinda

Victor Alexandre Design Moving Clearance

Wed 1st November  until Thu 30th November , 11:00am - 4:30pm

During November, Victor Alexandre Design will be having a massive cleanout, featuring up to 70% off clothing, jewellery, shoes and accessories, as well as secondhand garments and new spring arrivals. There is sure to be something for everyone during November at Victor Alexandre Design.

385 Mount Dandenong-Tourist Road, Sassafras

Enquiries: 03 9755 3442

Wine Tasting at Olinda Cellars

Wed 1st November  until Thu 30th November , 5pm - 8pm

Join us EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT for free wine tasting where we explore new wines, new vintages and sometimes golden oldies. With a reputation as one of Melbourne’s finest boutique wine specialists, we offer sensational wines from all over Australia, with a great collection of hard to find vintage wines, boutique local beers and Australian Spirits.

Shop 7/540 Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda

Wines are selected weekly so call 9751 0999 for details of wines available for tasting.

The Gully Market

Wed 1st November  until Thu 30th November , 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

Classical Tracks - A programme of classical performances

Wed 1st November  until Thu 30th November

In partnership with Burrinja Cultural Centre and some of Australia’s finest orchestras, musicians and local talent, Yarra Ranges Council delivers you another season of sensational classical performances. Enjoy glorious music and thrilling performances in the Yarra Ranges’ finest performance spaces - this kaleidoscopic series of concerts, workshops, performances, multimedia productions, exhibitions, ballet and children's entertainment has something for everyone.

See the website for programme and ticket pricing

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

Wed 1st November  until Thu 30th November

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

Afternoon Tea Anyone?

Wed 1st November  until Thu 30th November

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

Steam and Cuisine Luncheon Train

Wed 1st November  until Thu 30th November , 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- a great meal to share. Bookings essential. Contact: 03 9757 0700.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

3 Course Menu $88.50-$98.50 Natter Platter $67.50 - $75

Fruit Bottling Workshops at Rayner's Orchard

Wed 1st November  until Thu 30th November , 2 sessions run daily: 9.30am and 1pm

Book in for a Fruit Bottling Workshop and learn to bottle your own fruit with our friendly staff. You can bottle up your own unique fruit combination or fill some bottles up with traditional fruit flavours. We use Fowlers Vacola equipment and also stock preserving kits, food dehydrators and other bottling equipment in our shop! Why not do the Bottling Workshop then purchase a Fowlers Vacola Preserving Kit to take home and bottle some more! Bookings online or call 03 5964 7654.

Rayner's Orchard, 60 Schoolhouse Rd, Woori Yallock

Adults $89 includes 5 bottles of fruit. Additional bottles of fruit are $5.50 per bottle. Kids are free if accompanied by 2 or more adults. They only pay for fruit bottled at $5.50 per bottle.

Dine & Dance on Puffing Billy

Fri 3rd November , 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

$93 per person. No concessions apply.

Pasta Making Master Class at Wild Oak

Sat 4th November , 12pm - 3pm

When space became available adjoining the Wild Oak Restaurant, Chef Ben leapt at the chance to convert this quaint little shop into an intimate cooking area. Here, he can fulfill his desire to share knowledge in a fun environment with a small group of students. Learn how to make pasta dough from scratch, different pastas and sauces, and enjoy a glass of wine with Executive Chef and Owner Ben Higgs - not to be missed! Book on our website or call 9751 2033.

Cnr Ridge & Mt Dandenong Tourist Rds, Mt Dandenong

$99 per person

Kallista Community Market

Sat 4th November , 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

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Sat 4th November , Departs at 7.30pm Returns 11pm

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. Departs at 7.30pm Fridays and 7.00pm Saturdays. Bookings essential. Contact: 03 9757 0700.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$112 per person

All About Organic Fertilizers

Sat 4th November , 10.30am for approximately 1.5 hours

An exciting workshop presented by Tomas, who will discuss all the main aspects relating to organic soil fertility and successful soil management in your home garden, focusing on: 1. Organic fertilizers, what are they, and how to best use them. 2. An introduction to living soils, and the great benefits of compost. 3. Materials and amendments for your garden, discussing the obvious pro's and con's of each. 4. Practical tips on why and how to mulch, the benefits of No-Dig Gardens, and exploring Moon Planting! Bookings essential on 03 9751 0584.

Diggers at Cloudehill, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Diggers members: $29, non-members: $39

All you need to know about growing tomatoes

Sat 4th November , 1pm for approximately 1.5 hours

We're excited to have Evette Jungwirth on board to make sure you are harvesting sweet, sun-ripened tomatoes all summer long! As a highly experienced gardener, Evette loves to share her passion for 'All things Tomato' with our Diggers Club members, so join us for this essential warm weather workshop at Cloudehill, to get all the best growing tips for your summer tomato crop this season. All workshop attendees will not only be armed with all the knowledge to grow a bountiful tomato crop this season, but will also receive their very own free heirloom tomato seedling to take home and plant in their garden this weekend. Bookings essential on 03 9751 0584.

Diggers at Cloudehill, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Diggers members: $29, non-members: $39

Lilydale Farmers Produce Market

Sun 5th November , 8am - 1pm

A farm fresh produce 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 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

Enquiries: 9727 0037

Sunday High Tea at Marybrooke Manor

Sun 5th November  until Sun 26th November , 1-4pm every Sunday - bookings essential

Experience High Tea on Sunday afternoons at historic Marybrooke Manor in Sherbrooke. Celebrate special occasions or just spoil yourself. Enjoy unlimited Manor made scones with Chantilly cream and jam, assorted sweet and savoury selections, Madame Flavour teas and brewed coffee. Available 1pm to 4pm. $40 per person. Child 12 and under half price. Bookings are essential. Please call 9755 2755.

Marybrooke, 10 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

$40 per person including unlimited scones!

St. Michael’s Annual Cup Day Fair

Tue 7th November , 9am - 2pm

Join us for a fun day for the whole family at St. Michael’s Annual Cup Day Fair. There’s Trash & Treasure, Cakes & Jams, Food Court, Devonshire Teas, Arts & Crafts, Plants, Books, Silent Auction, Raffle, Toys, Children’s Activities, Bouncy Castle & much more. All in the beautiful surroundings of the Dandenongs. See our website for details or call Peter on 0413 009413. For further information see: http://www.lightinthehills.com.au

St. Michael's Anglican Church, cnr Falls & Mt Dandenong Tourist Rds, Kalorama

Free Event

Creswick Sassafras Liz Davenport Fashion Parade

Thu 9th November , 11am

Join us for at the Creswick Sassafras store for a fun fashion show featuring garments from the Liz Davenport range! Includes morning tea of tea, coffee, or a glass of wine plus nibbles. Please call to book: 03 9755 3030.

Creswick, Shop 3/383 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Sassafras

Free entry

Dine & Dance on Puffing Billy

Fri 10th November , 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

$93 per person. No concessions apply.

Steam and Cuisine After Dark

Fri 10th November , 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, with live entertainment from 6.30pm. 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. SPECIAL OFFER Travel on board Steam & Cuisine After Dark by 24 Nov 2017 and receive a complimentary glass of wine or beer per person! Simply book online with promo code SCADWINE. See our website for bookings.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$103 per person

Mont De Lancey Country Market

Sat 11th November , 9am - 1pm

The Mont De Lancey Country and Homemade Crafts Market will provide a unique personal encounter with the makers and growers of quality regional products in a heritage setting which provides a true country market environment. You'll find fresh produce, craft, herbs, meat, native flowers and more. Come and see the working Blacksmith's & Wood Turners. Great family fun.

71 Wellington Road, Wandin

Gold Coin entry, children free

Hills Art Market

Sat 11th November , 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

Puffing Billy's Day out with Thomas

Sat 11th November  until Sun 12th November , 9:00am – 3:30pm (Train Times 10am, 11.20am, 12.40pm & 2pm)

Thomas the Tank Engine fans (big and small) are invited to Puffing Billy's Gembrook's picturesque railway station for a family friendly day out! Enjoy a 35 minute train ride with Thomas, Percy and Diesel, fun activities, photo opportunities and a chance to shake the Fat Controllers hand. Please note that the session time chosen at time of booking is also your train ride departure time. We suggest you arrive 45 minutes (or earlier) before your scheduled train departure. Enquiries 03 9757 0700.

Gembrook Puffing Billy Railway Station, Main Rd, Gembrook

Adults $37 Children (4-16 years) $37 Toddlers (1-3 years) $21 Infants FREE. No concession fares.

Jazz on Puffing Billy Railway

Sat 11th November , Departs at 7pm

Jazz on Puffing Billy Railway will be trumpeting along with live Jazz music with the Mast Gully Quartet, great local wines and a dinner in the historic Nobelius Packing Shed. From the moment you board, your feet will be tapping as you take the fun-filled journey through the Dandenong Ranges all the way up to the historic restored Packing Shed. The Train departs from Puffing Billy’s Belgrave Station. Bookings essential on 03 9757 0700 or online.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, Belgrave

Belgrave Big Dreams Market

Sun 12th November , 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

Montrose Craft Market

Sat 18th November , 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 November , 9am - 2pm

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.

Little Yarra Steiner School or Upper Yarra Museum

Free Entry

Puffing Billy's Day out with Thomas

Sat 18th November  until Sun 19th November , 9:00am – 3:30pm (Train Times 10am, 11.20am, 12.40pm & 2pm)

Thomas the Tank Engine fans (big and small) are invited to Puffing Billy's Gembrook's picturesque railway station for a family friendly day out! Enjoy a 35 minute train ride with Thomas, Percy and Diesel, fun activities, photo opportunities and a chance to shake the Fat Controllers hand. Please note that the session time chosen at time of booking is also your train ride departure time. We suggest you arrive 45 minutes (or earlier) before your scheduled train departure. Enquiries 03 9757 0700.

Gembrook Puffing Billy Railway Station, Main Rd, Gembrook

Adults $37 Children (4-16 years) $37 Toddlers (1-3 years) $21 Infants FREE. No concession fares.

Open Garden Weekend @ Warratina Lavendar Farm

Sat 18th November  until Sun 19th November , 10am - 4pm

Enjoy strolling through the rows of lavender and wander around the original homestead gardens. Craft demonstrations, stalls, music, lavender scones, ice-cream, sausage sizzle, entertainment & more. Entry fee to the local CFA. All enquiries please call 03 5964 4650.

Warratina Lavender Farm, 105 Quayle Rd, Wandin Yallock

Exhibition entry: $10 adult - $25 family - children under 12 free.

Rhythm & Blues on Puffing Billy Railway

Sat 18th November , Train Departs 7pm Returns at 11.30pm

Join us for a night of fine wine, food and live musical entertainment aboard 'Rhythm & Blues on Puffing Billy'. A journey through the Dandenong Ranges to the historic Nobelius Packing Shed. Our carvery is followed by various dessert options. Wrap up the evening, with tea, coffee, dinner chocolates and a complimentary glass of port served. Contact: 03 9757 0700 for further information see our website.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$99.00 per person

Emerald Craft and Produce Market

Sun 19th November , 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

Live Jazz at Wild Oak Restaurant

Fri 24th November , 7pm onwards

Enjoy dinner with the smooth sounds of live jazz from our Resident jazz trio featuring Craig Smith. Bookings 9751 2033.

Cnr Ridge Rd & Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Mt Dandenong

Steam and Cuisine After Dark

Fri 24th November , 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, with live entertainment from 6.30pm. 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. SPECIAL OFFER Travel on board Steam & Cuisine After Dark by 24 Nov 2017 and receive a complimentary glass of wine or beer per person! Simply book online with promo code SCADWINE. See our website for bookings.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$103 per person

Draughthorse and YesterYear Festival

Sat 25th November  until Sun 26th November , 10am till 4pm Saturday or Sunday

Looking for a interesting and fun experience that the whole family can enjoy? Draughthorse and YesterYear Festival gives insights into lost trades and life in the past. Majestic Draught Horses, vintage engines powering, blacksmiths firing up the forges. See amazing working dogs. Creative chainsaw carvings plus much more. ONLINE TICKETS available from our website.

Mont De Lancey Historic Property Wellington Rd, Wandin North

Adults $10 Children FREE

Dine & Dance on Puffing Billy

Sat 25th November , 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

$93 per person. No concessions apply.

Gembrook Market

Sun 26th November , 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