Trickling streams, natural springs, mountainous ranges, rainforests and life little luxuries, are just some of the attractions that draw so many tourists and travellers to The Dandenong Ranges each year. Winter, summer, spring or autumn this region is alive with plenty to see and do you are surely going to need more than just a couple of days to explore it all in and discover many of the hidden treasures and secrets that it holds. The Dandenong Ranges, located just one hour’s drive from the city of Melbourne, is a place where you can enjoy a winter escape or summer vacation to the mountains.
It doesn’t matter if you are interested in history, heritage, food, wine, family fun nature or wildlife, The Dandenong Ranges is brimming with an endless amount of attractions and activities. From riding the historic Puffing Billy, or losing yourself within the rainforests, fern gullies and forests or perhaps discovering the many town delights that are located with the towns and villages that dot their way through the region, you can enjoy many different attractions, whatever your tastes might be. There are jewellery stores that boast one-of-a-kind pieces that are must-haves, galleries, art studios, cafes and restaurants, you may like to wander through the beautiful parks and gardens, enjoy high tea with some friends or even join a food and wine tour to take you through the vines, to the wineries cellar doors and have you dining in airy restaurants for a sumptuous lunch.
Known for its dining, famous for its wineries and enjoyed by families because of the many great family attractions, every tourist and traveller is catered for within The Dandenong Ranges. You can browse through weekend markets, and base your tour around one of the annual events such as the Spring Garden Festival in September, or the Puffing Billy Great Train Race in May. There are horse-drawn carriage rides, horse riding through the countryside, mountain biking, hot air balloon rides, scenic flights and skydiving. There is stunning scenery to soak up, a trip to the SkyHigh Mount Dandenong is always a must to take in the views across Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula that will simply take your breath away and you can spend days upon days exploring the endless amount of walking and hiking trails that weave their way through the region.
Hike the 1000 steps up the Kadoka Walk in memory of all the diggers who fought in Papua New Guinea and the four-kilometre round trip along the Lake Mountain Summit Walk will take you past some of the most amazing scenery you will ever lay your eyes upon. Get close to nature, soak up the atmosphere, enjoy plenty of little luxuries or indulge at the spa retreats when holidaying in The Dandenong Ranges, whatever your tastes, you will find it here.
Winter skiing, spring flowers that blanket the ground right through to wine tasting, shopping, dining and plenty of attractions to keep the little ones entertained, why would you want to holiday anywhere else? The Dandenong Ranges is loaded with so many different attractions, too great to list them all, that you are just going to have to come and discover it all for yourself.