October Events

High Tea Experience at Fortnums

Mon 1st October  until Wed 31st October

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

Steam & Cuisine Luncheon

Mon 1st October  until Wed 31st October , 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

Mon 1st October  until Wed 31st October , 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!

Yesteryear Tours at Mont De Lancey

Mon 1st October  until Wed 31st October , 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

Mon 1st October  until Wed 31st October , 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

Mon 1st October  until Wed 31st October

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

Meeting the Buddahs - School holidays temple tour

Thu 4th October , 10am-12pm

Learn about the Buddha statues that live in our Temple and become close friends with these enlightened beings who help us to always feel happy in this special school holidays temple tour.

Kadampa Medidation Centre Australia, 25 McCarthy Road, Olinda

Fee $10

Cockatoo Country Market

Sat 6th 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

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Sat 6th October , 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 6th 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

Rotary Club of Lilydale’s Craft and Produce Market

Sun 7th 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

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Sat 13th October , 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 13th October , 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

Art Exhibition at Warratina Lavender Farm

Sat 13th October  until Sun 21st October , Wednesday - Monday 10am - 4pm

This October Warratina Lavender Farm is proudly hosting the Yarra Valley & Mt Evelyn Art Society Show. Come along to see a wonderful collection by our talented local artists. All enquiries please call 03 5964 4650.

105 Quayle Road, Wandin Yallock

Free Entry

Cloudehill Spring Garden Weekend

Sat 13th October  until Sun 14th October , 10am - 4pm each day

Come and learn from our Diggers Experts and tour the spectacular Gardens of Cloudehill. Over the weekend take part in free mini workshops covering a wide range of topics for your spring garden. Enjoy coffee and delicious food served by Seasons Restaurant on the deck, all while enjoying the beautiful views of the gardens including the stunning peony flower display. 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

Shedfest Wine Festival

Sat 13th October  until Sun 14th October , 10am - 5pm

All wineries have sheds; usually housing crushers, barrels, tractors and other equipment vitally important to the production of fine wines. Every year, wineries in the Yarra Valley will open their sheds to house two days of fabulous food, fine wine, live music and entertainment. If your type of festival is one where you can take it easy, taste local produce, experience the charm of small vineyards, be captivated by stunning views, chat to the owners and winemakers, tap your toes to some fine tunes, play pétanque, take croquet lessons, lawn games and watch the kids have fun, all while sipping delightful wines… then Shedfest Wine Festival is for you.

The Smaller Wineries across the Yarra Valley

$15 Entry - Receive a Souvenir Glass & allows access to all wineries

Meditation Classes for Kids

Sun 14th October , 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.

Belgrave Big Dreams Market

Sun 14th 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

Secret Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges

Wed 17th October  until Sat 27th October , 9am - 5.30pm

Secret Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges will open the gates to some of the Dandenongs’ finest privately-owned gardens. Fill your senses with unforgettable sights, gourmet foods & the scent of spring. Beginning at Karwarra Australian Plant Garden each morning, spend the day traveling through the Dandenongs while our botanical guides & garden owners share with you their expertise & their stories. This exclusive event offers only 50 places each day, across October 17th - 20th & 24th - 27th.

Karwarra Australian Plant Garden 1190-1192 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Kalorama

See the website for ticket details.

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Sat 20th October , 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

Day Out With Thomas

Sat 20th October  until Sun 21st October , 10.00am - 3.30pm

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, Main Rd, Gembrook

$24.00 - $40.00

Montrose Craft Market

Sat 20th 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

Little Yarra Market

Sat 20th October , 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 21st 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

Foothills Festival Street Party

Sun 21st 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

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Sat 27th October , 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

Day Out With Thomas

Sat 27th October  until Sun 28th October , 10.00am - 3.30pm

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, Main Rd, Gembrook

$24.00 - $40.00

Halloween on the Green

Sat 27th October , 12 Noon - 6pm

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)

Gembrook Market

Sun 28th 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