Disappear from the bustle of city life into the Dandenong Ranges to experience world-class food and wine, and spectacular natural attractions – all less than an hour from Melbourne. Explore the Dandenong Ranges’ from its secret fern glades and towering forests to its eclectic villages and exciting artist studios.
The Dandenong Ranges are a haven of hidden delights with scenic winding roads to quaint hilltop villages. There is an abundance of artist studios, craft stores and renowned gardens to explore as well as walking and cycling trails through mountain ash forests and clean, refreshing air. Add these villages to your must visit list:
- Olinda is well renowned for its collection of craft and antique shops, boutique restaurants and cafes , it is also home to The National Rhododendron Gardens consisting of 43 hectares of scenic parkland
- Stop in for tea at the most recognizable building in Sassafras – the Miss Marples Tea Rooms which are housed in a beautiful two storey English Tudor style house
- Belgrave is the perfect base for exploring the neighbouring Dandenong Ranges National Park and is also the place to embark on Puffing Billy the steam train
If you are after a relaxed day drop in at the William Ricketts Sanctuary where you will find mystical clay sculptures of Aboriginal figures hiding in the tranquil ferny . Or if you are looking to burn some energy try your stamina at the 1000 Steps, as the name suggests, the 1000 steps includes 1000 stony steps that lead to the popular One Tree Hill.
Travel first class for olden-time romance aboard Australia’s oldest steam railway, through thick forests and lush fern gullies aboard Puffing Billy. Or if second class is more your scene jump aboard and dangle your feet out of the open-sided carriages for a close up view of the Dandenong Ranges breathtaking scenery.
When looking for a day of adventure and fun with the family take a drive to SkyHigh Mount Dandenong. Get lost in the maze, visit “Percy the Possum’s House” or sit in the Giant’s Chair. Then relax on the deck to observe just how far you’ve come as you gaze down at the city’s twinkling panorama of fairy lights atop Mount Dandenong.
The Dandenong Ranges are less than an hour drive from the Suburban Punthill Apartments which offer stylish and contemporary serviced apartment accommodation. During your stay at Punthill Apartments ensure you make time to escape to the Dandenong Ranges, offering breathtaking scenery, romantic hideaways and indulgent adventures.