The Eastern Dandenong Ranges boasts some of the best walks to explore. You can walk or ride the new Eastern Dandenong Ranges trail taking in views of open spaces, tall eucalypt forests, heritage gardens and patchwork farmland. The walk is 12.5kms in length starting from Emerald or Gembrook.
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Over 50 events to enjoy in the PAVE Festival programme for 2018. The 2018 theme Rejuvenate, Rediscover & Rethink has been inspired by the ABC series War on Waste.
Dandenong Ranges Food, Wine & Art Festival – March 17 at Hills Art Market, Cnr Memorial Avenue & Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald
The summer music series is on every Sunday in February at Emerald Lake Park. Pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful weather. Whiskey Dram are on today 4th Feb. A rock-folk band, with influences ranging from traditional folk, punk, blues and bluegrass, with a penchant for sea shanties and Australian folk songs.
Gembrook Market – Sunday January 28. The Gembrook Market is an indoor/outdoor market located at the Gembrook Community Centre, at the end of Main Street and next to the skate park and Gembrook Leisure Park. Why not pick up some homemade treats from the market and explore Gembrook, the perfect way to finish the school holidays and take in some beautiful countryside.
Hills Art Market – Sat November 11. The Hills Art Market is an experience for visitors to immerse themselves in a world of artistic imagination, under the tall trees you will find a unique open-air Artists Market, a visual and musical feast for all, where over 50 Artist’s showcase and sell their artwork to visitors of The Dandenong Ranges. A great day out by car with ample parking off Memorial Avenue or by taking the Puffing Billy Railway directly to Emerald station, stop off at The Hills Art Market and pick up a beautiful piece of art, holding memories of your trip. Visit the Kids Art Zone, where there is something for everyone. While enjoying the free music by local musicians and the beauty of the tall mountain ash, ancient pines, good food, great coffee and all that the Emerald village has to offer.
Spring in the Hills is MAGICAL. With the late start to the season, the Tulip Festival has been extended to October 15 so get along to Tulipmania. Oliver the Musical is on at Gemco Oct 6 – 21 and Taj’s Indian Night is on Friday October 13 at The Independent Gembrook. See our What’s On for these & other great events happening in the Eastern Dandenong Ranges.
Winter in the Hills – Cosy B & B’s, roaring fires, cafes & restaurants, locally grown produce & farm gates, bush walks, markets, history & adventure awaits you. Spend time over the school holidays exploring the Eastern Dandenong Ranges with the family.
Celebrate as a community for Winter Solstice at the Belgrave Lantern Festival. This Saturday, June 24 from 5pm – 7.30pm. Hundreds of lanterns will be parading up & down the main street accompanied by drummers, dancers, musicians & performers.
2017 Australian Heritage Festival theme ‘Having a Voice’ shares the many heritage stories through different voices and recognising the many narratives that have shaped Victoria. The oldest township in the Dandenong Ranges, Emerald boasts a rich heritage in rail, gold & agriculture and visitors have the opportunity to hear first-hand about Emerald’s heritage. Local historian, Graeme Legge will guide visitors on a picturesque walk around the Emerald township, sharing some of the amazing stories that lie behind the 11 buildings featured on the walk. The Emerald Heritage Walk is presented by Emerald Museum & Nobelius Heritage Nursery. The Nobelius Heritage Park is four and a half hectares of public parkland, which is of unique historical and horticultural value to the State of Victoria. Take in another heritage experience by making your way to Emerald on Puffing Billy, Victoria’s heritage steam train, leaving from Belgrave Station.