October Events

Steam and Cuisine Luncheon Train

Tue 1st January  until Thu 31st December , Departs daily at 12.30pm - 3.30pm (except public holidays)

We invite you to Puffing Billy for a different experience - travelling First Class! Relax and unwind with a 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. All tickets include your selected meal, 2-hour train journey and 1-hour spare time at Emerald Lake Park.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

See the website for pricing

Devonshire Tea Anyone?

Tue 1st January  until Thu 31st December

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.

See the website for best places in the Dandenong Ranges

The Gully Market

Wed 30th January  until Thu 31st December , 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

Friday Night Wine Tasting at Olinda Cellars

Thu 31st January  until Thu 31st December , 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.

3 Night Mid Week Special at Arcadia Cottages

Sat 1st June  until Sat 30th November

Book 3 nights midweek in Olinda Cottage, Treehouse Cottage or Forest Cottage and you'll get 10% OFF as well as a delicious breakfast basket, special treats and an 11am checkout! For bookings made through Arcadia Cottages website only or by phoning direct on 03 9751 1017. See our website for full details.

Arcadia Cottages, 188-190 Falls Road, Olinda

10% OFF as well as a delicious breakfast basket, special treats and an 11am checkout.

Sunday High Tea at Marybrooke Manor

Sat 1st June  until Sun 29th December , 1-4pm every Sunday

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. Bookings are essential. Please call (03) 9755 2755.

Marybrooke Manor, 10 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke. Bookings Essential on 9755 2755.

Price $40 per person. Children under 12 years are half price.

Weekend Bottomless High Tea Brunch

Sat 1st June  until Tue 31st December , Saturday & Sunday at 10am

Gather your friends and join Mary Eats Cake for a Bottomless Brunch. The brunch menu is High Tea style including: smashed avo, quiches, savoury and sweet scones, homemade bircher muesli and pastries. Filtered coffee and tea are available. Enjoy your high tea and free flowing mimosa and Pimms whilst surrounded by pretty decorations of flowers and vintage teaware. Please note alcohol service is between 10am - 11:30am (we’re trying to be responsible adults and all…)

Mary Eats Cake, 13 Leith Road, Montrose

$49 per head includes brunch, free flowing scones, free flowing mimosas, pimms and specialty teas

Murder on the Puffing Billy Express

Sat 20th July  until Fri 13th December , (Please see the website for dates)

Amongst the glamour of the Flapper Era where pearls and feathers, silk bow ties and braces are the fashion, there has been a Murder on the Puffing Billy Express! All tickets include a three-course meal, 2-hour train journey and 2-hour live entertainment in the Nobelius Packing Shed.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$120 per person. Departs 7pm - returns 11.30pm (please arrive 20 mins prior)

The Spring Exhibition

Fri 27th September  until Sat 26th October , Open Wed - Mon 11am - 4pm (closed Tuesdays)

The Spring Exhibition has been running for 50 years. The Exhibition has over 70 artists exhibiting 140+ works of art utilising a variety of mediums including oils, acrylic, pastels and watercolour. Held in high-esteem by both the local and wider community, the Exhibition boasts hundreds of visitors each year, with the number of visitors continually growing. The Exhibition is open to all artists, with prizes awarded for the best paintings in several categories.

Sherbrooke Gallery, 62 Monbulk Road, Belgrave

Free Entry

Cockatoo Country Market

Sat 5th October , 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

Kallista Community Market

Sat 5th October , 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

Emerald Lions Grow it, Bake it, Make it Market

Sun 6th October , 9am - 2pm

Fancy a day out, up and around the hills... Do we have the prefect place to start your day off. Come to The Grow It Bake It Make It Market from 9 till 2. How about starting your day off at the market with a delicious egg & bacon roll? While your there pick up some yummy bread, veggies, or maybe some beer and check out all the other amazing stalls that will be there. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

Gemco Community Centre, 19 Kilvington Drive & Main St, Emerald

Enquiries: 0467 957 549

Australian Buffet Lunch at SkyHigh

Sun 6th October , 11.30am until 3.30pm

Our Australian Carvery Buffet includes seafood, succulent carvery roasts with all the trimmings, pasta, traditional favourites and a selection of fresh salads. Not to mention the delicious choice of dessert, fresh fruit or cheese board platters.

SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, 26 Observatory Rd, Mt Dandenong

$65 per Adult $35 per Child (5 - 12 Years Under 5 Free)

Lilydale Craft and Produce Market

Sun 6th October , 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

Monbulk Produce Market

Sat 12th October , 9am - 2pm

Monbulk Produce Market at top of main street brings fresh seasonal produce, home baked good and wares to our local town where the community. Make it, Bake it, Grow it. Meet the producers and everyone benefits.

73 Main Road, Monbulk

Free Entry

Puffing Billy - Steam & Cuisine After Dark

Sat 12th October , 7.30pm - 10.30pm (Please arrive 20 mins prior)

Welcome to the opportunity to step back into the romantic era of train travel. Enjoy an evening of luxury dining with family and friends whilst whistling through the exquisite Dandenong Ranges. All tickets include a three-course meal, 2-hour train journey and 1-hour spare time at Emerald Lake Park. Our roving live musician will be entertaining guests from the moment you arrive on the platform at Belgrave Station.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Old Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$115 per person

Friends of George Tindale Plant Sale

Sat 12th October , 10am - 12 Noon

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

Cloudehill Spring Fair & Diggers Workshops

Sat 12th October  until Sun 13th October , 10am - 4pm each day

The Diggers Club’s celebration of Spring at the stunning Cloudehill Gardens in Olinda is almost here. The bulbs are blooming, our gardening experts are on hand for a series of exciting free workshops and Cloudehill’s creator, Jeremy Francis is ready to take you on a tour of this spectacular garden and its substantial garden art collection in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. Pack a picnic and bring the family for a weekend of fun in the Spring garden. There will be children's activities and more! See the website for more details.

Cloudehill Gardens, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Festival Entry Visitors $10, FREE for Diggers Club members and children under 16 years old

Belgrave Big Dreams Market

Sun 13th October , 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

Day Out With Thomas

Sat 19th October  until Sun 20th October , 9am - 3.30pm See website for train times

Everyone's favourite Day Out With Thomas event is returning to Puffing Billy this Spring! Join us at Gembrook Station for a fun-filled day with Thomas and Friends. There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy, including face painting, jumping castles, photo opportunities with your favourite Thomas characters, and many more. All tickets also include a 35-minute train ride on Thomas.

Puffing Billy's Gembrook Station, Main Rd, Gembrook

Adult $40. Children 4-16 years $40. Toddler 1-3 years $24

Montrose Craft Market

Sat 19th October , 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

High Tea Express on Puffing Billy

Sun 20th October , Train departs at 12.30pm returning at 3.30pm

Join us for the High Tea Express - allowing visitors to enjoy high tea on the tracks in the train’s historic first class dining carriages. We've partnered with Melbourne's high tea extraordinaire and local Montrose business, Mary Eats Cake. A high tea menu will be delivered with a fresh modern twist while keeping to the old fashioned traditions of vintage teaware and classic desserts. Guests will enjoy delicious savoury items, fluffy scones and sweet treats prepared by a French-trained pastry chef. All adult guests will also receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.

Puffing Billy's Belgrave Station

$115 per person

Indian Buffet Lunch at SkyHigh

Sun 20th October , 11.30am until 3.30pm

Our Sunday Indian Buffet is fit for a king and a must have for all occasions. Our menu is prepared in a traditional Indian way with all the essential spices & condiments and comprises of a kaleidoscopic of invigorating aromatic dishes. Spicy, sour, creamy, crunchy, and sweet dishes will whet your appetite and leave you craving for more. We also cater to children, perfect for groups small & large.

SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, 26 Observatory Rd, Mt Dandenong

$65 per Adult $35 per Child (5 - 12 Years Under 5 Free)

Emerald Craft and Produce Market

Sun 20th October , 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

Day Out With Thomas

Sat 26th October  until Sun 27th October , 9am - 3.30pm See website for train times

Everyone's favourite Day Out With Thomas event is returning to Puffing Billy this Spring! Join us at Gembrook Station for a fun-filled day with Thomas and Friends. There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy, including face painting, jumping castles, photo opportunities with your favourite Thomas characters, and many more. All tickets also include a 35-minute train ride on Thomas.

Puffing Billy's Gembrook Station, Main Rd, Gembrook

Adult $40. Children 4-16 years $40. Toddler 1-3 years $24

Letter Cutting Workshop with Ian Marr

Sat 26th October  until Sun 27th October

Letter Cutter, Ian Marr is coming to Cloudehill to carve a piece of South Australian slate which will be installed beside the Upper Meadow in the gardens. Watching a Ian at his craft is amazing and everyone is welcome to come along and see. Ian will be working on seceral pieces in the days leading into a Letter Cutting Workshop. Come and try your hand at this ancient craft that dates back to the Romans and Greeks. Ian will supply all tools, and stone (slate or sandstone) and everyone will go home with the fundamentals of this craft and a souvenir appropriate for some prominent spot in their own garden. There are just places, so be quick. Call Jeremy Francis on 03 9751 1009 to book, or for further details.

Cloudehill Gardens, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

$400 per person

Halloween on the Green

Sat 26th October , 12 Noon - 7pm

Get spooky at Halloween on the Green with free children's activities, live bands and carnival rides and lots of food vendors and stalls. Enter the Best Dressed Competition. All proceeds benefit the local community schools so get a costume on and come and join us for a thoroughly spooky afternoon of fun. The atmosphere of a Halloween on the Green is relaxed and for all ages, new and old, locals and from interstate or overseas are most welcome.

Ferny Creek Reserve, Ferny Creek

$6 Entry (Free for under 3's) FREE Sensory hour 11am - 12pm, register online for tickets.

Grassroots Market Upwey

Sun 27th October , 11am - 5pm

A special street market at the Foothills Festival. A fantastic showcase of local home-made/grown talent from Upwey and surrounds. Enjoy tasty treats, inspiring craft, beautiful homewares, fresh local produce, cool melodies from buskers, Crafty kids and family activities. Chat to dynamic community groups and see what fantastic offerings Upwey has on offer. So much for everyone. Our markets are family and dog friendly, so please consider coming along and seeing the array of local talent we have on show.

Village Green 6a Mahoney St, (Behind Upwey Shops)

Free outdoor market with kids activities and music

Foothills Festival Street Party

Sun 27th October , 11am - 4pm

The Foothills Festival is a vibrant street party celebrating local talent in a fun community event. You'll find the arts, crafts and food of the grassroots market and plenty of entertainment with live bands, soloists and mini musos. The Main Street restaurants, bars and shops will be joining in the fun and the kids will love the kids activities and workshops and also the roving performers.

Main Street, Upwey

Free Event

Gembrook Market

Sun 27th October , 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