September 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.

Save 25% off at Puffing Billy Railway

Mon 20th May  until Mon 30th September , 12:20 pm departure from Lakeside Station

Mid-Week Special Offer. Receive 25% off your tickets when you travel Lakeside to Gembrook between Monday to Friday on Puffing Billy Railway, Australia's premier preserved steam railway. With lush fern gullies brushing past and Mountain Ash trees towering overhead, Puffing Billy makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh air whilst the train makes its way through the temperate rainforest from Lakeside to Gembrook. Running everyday over winter! Use promo code RUGUP to redeem the special discount online. See the website for terms and conditions.

Emerald Lake Park, Emerald Lake Road, Emerald

Child: $22.85, Concession: $34.85, Adult: $44.25

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)

Hancock's Daffodil Garden Festival

Fri 23rd August  until Fri 27th September , Weekdays 11am-4pm. Weekend 10am-5pm.

Visit Hancock's Daffodil Garden Festival and discover how to make your own Magical Spring Garden with daffodils and spring flowering bulbs. Take this unique opportunity to select and order your favourite varieties for planting next autumn by choosing from the flowers themselves. You will enjoy colourful and extensive indoor and garden displays, plus a huge variety of fresh cut flowers, potted daffodils and collectors bulbs. Complementary self-serve tea & coffee. Picnic ground opposite.

Corner Belgrave-Gembrook Road and Grantulla Road Menzies Creek

FREE Admission. Bus tours are welcome (please book on 9754 3328).

Wood Working Wonders Expo at Warratina Lavender Farm

Sat 31st August  until Sun 15th September , Wednesday - Monday 10am - 4pm

Come along to Warratina Lavender Farm and enjoy wonderful wood turning demonstrations, wood carvings and all kinds of wood items for sale including furniture, salad bowls, toys, pens and many other beautiful pieces! Entry fee to the local CFA. During Exhibition times it is advisable to make a booking if you require lunch or refreshments. All enquiries please call 03 5964 4650.

Warratina Lavendar Farm, 105 Quayle Rd, Wandin Yallock

Exhibition entry: Gold Coin Donation

Emerald Lions Grow it, Bake it, Make it Market

Sun 1st September , 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

Father's Day Dining at SkyHigh Mount Dandenong

Sun 1st September , 8.30am until 9.30pm

Want to spoil dad this Father’s Day? At SkyHigh Mt Dandenong, we offer a number of different Father’s day dining options in our lower floor bistro and in our upper floor function room. Early reservations are highly recommended. For full details please see our menus and pricing below. Go on, spoil dad!

SkyHigh Mount Dandenong, 26 Observatory Rd, Mt Dandenong

Prices start from $30 per person up to $75.00 per person

Lilydale Craft and Produce Market

Sun 1st September , 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 7th September , 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

Cockatoo Country Market

Sat 7th September , 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

Puffing Billy - Steam & Cuisine After Dark

Sat 7th September , 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 7th September , 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

Kallista Community Market

Sat 7th September , 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

Spring Garden & Trains in the Garden Open Days

Sat 7th September , 10am - 3.30pm

Our Garden Train Display will be open to coincide with peak flowering of the Spring Bulbs. The garden features a model ‘garden railway’, a miniature English village, spring flowering shrubs, plantings of daffodils and other rare and interesting plants. The trains will be running, winding their way around the miniature village across bridges and through the garden. Tea or coffee and biscuits are available and are included in the entry fee. Part of the proceeds are donated to the Fred Hollows Foundation. Enquiries: 0419 504 432.

C&M Drewitt, 8-10 Henderson Hill Rd, Silvan

There is a Garden entry fee of $3 per adult and $2 for each child. A family ticket costs $10 for two adults and three children.

Belgrave Big Dreams Market

Sun 8th September , 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

Spring Garden & Trains in the Garden Open Days

Sat 14th September , 10am - 3.30pm

Our Garden Train Display will be open to coincide with peak flowering of the Spring Bulbs. The garden features a model ‘garden railway’, a miniature English village, spring flowering shrubs, plantings of daffodils and other rare and interesting plants. The trains will be running, winding their way around the miniature village across bridges and through the garden. Tea or coffee and biscuits are available and are included in the entry fee. Part of the proceeds are donated to the Fred Hollows Foundation. Enquiries: 0419 504 432.

C&M Drewitt, 8-10 Henderson Hill Rd, Silvan

There is a Garden entry fee of $3 per adult and $2 for each child. A family ticket costs $10 for two adults and three children.

High Tea Express on Puffing Billy

Sun 15th September , 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

Emerald Craft and Produce Market

Sun 15th September , 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

Kids stay FREE during School Holidays

Sat 21st September  until Sun 6th October , 2 nights or more

That's right, every school holidays, stay 2 nights or more at any of our family properties and the kids stay FREE! That's a saving of up to $200 in some of our properties which is more money to spend on the things that make going away fun. Just use the Code KIDSFREE when booking online or call 1300 48 84 48 and we'll do the rest. Sorry, but not to be used in conjunction with any other offer and only when booking direct. Explore our Family Accommodation and Family Getaways Guide for lots of fun things to do with the kids.

Any Family Friendly Valley Ranges Getaways Property

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Sat 21st September , 6pm Saturday

The fun starts as the audience waits to be seated and then hurtles along for two hours of fully immersive, highly improvised comedy theatre. Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve up some madcap mayhem and a three-course meal – with the audience playing the part of their restaurant diners. Enjoy the dinner, with drinks at bar prices, a comfortable night in en-suite accommodation and breakfast for two.

Country Place, Olinda Creek Road, Kalorama

$365 per couple, dinner, Show, accommodation and breakfast for two. Book a table of 8 and receive a 10% discount.

Montrose Craft Market

Sat 21st September , 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

Gembrook Market

Sun 22nd September , 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

High Tea in the Garden at historic Kenloch

Tue 24th September , 2.30pm

A unique High Tea experience set in the much loved gardens of Kenloch in Mount Dandenong. The owners of this private estate have generously offered to open their home for Mary’s team to serve you High Tea. Enjoy a beautiful landscape over a delectable spread of fresh food, fluffy scones and a beautiful cuppa. Enjoy free flowing French Sparkling served with our High Tea served in vintage teaware and a garden tour.

High Tea by Mary Eats Cake

Over 18 event - no high chairs will be available

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

Grassroots Market Upwey

Sun 29th September , 11am - 5pm

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