Easter & School Holiday’s

March 31, 2021 2:41 pm

Enjoy time at some of the great attractions and events we boast with the family over Easter and with the kids over the school holidays.

And if you are looking for a local market in April, you are spoilt for choice. Belgrave Big Dreams Market, Emerald Market, Monbulk Produce Market, Gembrook Market & Cockatoo Market.

Want to get the kids physical. Then don’t go past the kids school holiday program at Emerald Pilates.

And with Mother’s Day just around the corner, there is a kids candle making and gem bracelet making at CK Elements.

Stay close, go further in the Eastern Dandenong Ranges

February 26, 2021 10:19 am

Stay close, go further in the Eastern Dandenong Ranges this weekend. Why not stay in one of the many tucked away B & B’s, in the Eastern Dandenong Ranges this weekend and explore all this wonderful region has to explore.

Start your day with breakfast, you’ll be spoilt for choice then enjoy one of the great walks around Emerald Lake Park, in Wrights Forest or at Kurth Kiln Regional Park. If you have plenty of time on your hands the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Trail is scenic all the way and crosses through the townships of Emerald, Cockatoo & Gembrook.

The Gembrook Market is on this Sunday 28th Feb and you can enjoy a trip on Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Gembrook or from Emerald Lakeside to Gembrook.

Emerald Ridge
Spencers Store
Hairy Dog Cafe
The General Foodstore
Puffing Billy

Belated Valentines at Emersleigh Estate

February 18, 2021 9:03 am

Emersleigh Estate Winery is re-creating Valentine’s Day this Sunday Feb 21st. Couples can enjoy 2 glasses of Emersleigh Sparkling Rosé, and a cheese platter & macarons. Emersleigh is a small boutique winery located in the township of Emerald. They produce a range of Sparkling & Table Wines including Brut, Rose, Sans Anee, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc & Shiraz. 

Best Markets in Melbourne

January 26, 2021 8:06 am

We may be a little biased, but we have some of the best markets in Melbourne here in the Eastern Dandenong Ranges. Coming up on Saturday 6th Feb is the Cockatoo Country Market

The Cockatoo Country Market is nestled in the beautiful grounds of the Alma Treloar Reserve, a great market to buy an assortment of locally grown and made produce and crafts and the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic and also explore the Ash Wednesday Bushfire Education Centre

The new Emerald & District Rotary Club Trash ‘n’ Treasure market is also on in Emerald. Head over to our Events for more information on the best markets in Melbourne and market days in the Eastern Dandenong Ranges.

The Cockatoo Country Market & Ash Wednesday Bushfire Education Centre is on the Eastern Dandenong Ranges Trail. The 16km trail runs from Clematis, just on other side of Emerald to Gembrook.


Beautiful Alma Treloar Reserve
You’ll find home made produce and products at the Cockatoo Country Market
Ash Wednesday Bushfire Education Centre

Shop Local, Support Local

September 27, 2020 12:40 pm

It’s great to see our hills community supporting local businesses and local businesses supporting each other too. Lots of businesses that can’t open are providing online services, so remember to check out their website and facebook pages for details. Jump across to COVID traders page to get information on our cafes, restaurants & cafes open, providing take-away and home delivery and follow our Facebook page.

Take-away and or/home delivery

March 26, 2020 6:49 pm

Our local cafes, bakeries, hotel and restaurants have re-opened in Clematis, Emerald, Cockatoo & Gembrook. You’ll find a great variety of cuisines to choose from and take-away food, everything from baked goods, family roasts, Italian, Argentinian & pub grub to warm you up. Support local, shop local. Shop here

Best Markets in Melbourne

February 28, 2020 11:25 am

We may be a little biased but we might just have some of the best markets in Melbourne here in the Eastern Dandenong Ranges. We are definitely spoilt for choice in the market department and you would be hard pressed not to find one each Saturday and Sunday here in the hills.

If you are looking for “markets near me” this weekend why not come out to the hills and check out one of these amazing markets.

Best Markets in Melbourne - Eastern Dandenong Ranges

Best Markets in Melbourne!

Cockatoo Country Market

Held on the first Saturday of every month from 9am -2pm in the Cockatoo Community Hall and car park at 75 Pakenham Rd, Cockatoo. This country market provides a friendly ambience nestled in the Alma Treloar Reserve where you can buy locally grown, made and produced.

Grow it Make it Bake it Market

Run by Lions Club Emerald on the first Sunday of every month from 10am – 3pm at the Emerald Mechanics Hall – 400 Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Emerald. Just as the name implies the market features products from artisans that are homemade, home grown or baked fresh. And all market proceeds are invested back into the community!

Kallista Community Market

Held on the first Saturday of every month from 9am – 1pm in Church Street, Kallista. This market which is nestled amongst the trees is a vibrant country market close to the Kallista shops, Lyrebird Walk and Grants Picnic Ground – so why not make a day of it. Handmade and home crafted goods including jewellery, plants, wood crafts, soap, clothing and food is also available.

Monbulk Market

Held at the top of Main Street in Monbulk on the second Saturday of every month from 8am – 1pm. Supporting local growers and sellers who provide market goers fresh local produce including meats, fruits, vegetables, eggs, bread and much more.

Emerald Market

Held on the third Sunday of every month from 9am – 3pm in Kilvington Dve, Emerald. A large vibrant street market that extends into the Community House Hall and surrounds. Located in the Puffing Billy precinct of Emerald, travellers on Puffing Billy along with locals can enjoy the bustling community village feel of this market. You can find organic produce, artisan speciality makers, local handmade goods and gourmet food. The market is run by the Emerald Community House which assists fundraising for the PAVE arts Festival held each year in April.

Gembrook Market

This market runs alongside Gembrook Puffing Billy Station in Main Street, Gembrook, and delights all who visit this historic and quaint heritage township. Held on the fourth Sunday of every month from 9am – 2pm selling crafts, plants, fresh produce, food and local made goods.

Come our and decide for yourself if we have the best markets in Melbourne! To work out whats on this weekend view the calendar here or keep up to date on Facebook here.

Best Hikes Dandenong Ranges

February 2, 2020 1:02 pm

Are you looking for the best hikes Dandenong Ranges has to offer? On the Eastern side of the ranges you can find loads of hikes for different fitness levels located in amongst beautiful serene forests. Or if you are looking for more of a lively atmosphere try the walks between our gorgeous villages. There you can stop and grab some sustenance from one of our local cafes or bakeries.

We’ve listed three of our favourite Dandenong Ranges Walks to get you started below:

Emerald to Cockatoo Walking Track

Best Hikes Dandenong Ranges

The Emerald Cockatoo trail begins where the Puffing Billy Railway line crosses Kilvington Drive. You will find yellow arrow and signs guiding you to the right spot. These yellow arrows and signage point off to the right, heading down into the beautiful Emerald Park Lake. Pass through the main car parking area at the Lake and follow the main entry road around the lake to join the trail again onto Cockatoo.
For more visit Emerald Lake Park Walking Map here.

Emerald Heritage Walks

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This is a self guided walk around Emerald, and perfect for those interested in history. The walk takes around an hour to complete and provides information on 11 remaining buildings around Emerald Village. Heritage Maps are available in Kilvington Drive at the Sign in the park next to Stockdale Leggo and outside the Emerald Museum. Or download one here: Emerald Heritage Walk Map

Bunyip State Park

Best Hikes Dandenong Ranges

If you are looking for a great area to visit with different hiking options try one of the walks in Bunyip State Park. Here you’ll come across woodlands, heathlands on river plains, Mountain Ash and natives.

Mortimer Nature Walk is 1.2km return and takes in William Wallace and Diamond Creeks.
Lawsons Falls
is a short walk with the only waterfall in the park.
Buttongrass Walk
is a 3km self-guided walk through a wet heathland area.
Weatherhead Range Circuit
is a 10 km walk starting at Buttongrass Walk.
Lawsons Fall Circuit
is a 5km return trip starting from Forest Rd at the east end of the park.
Mortimer Circuit
is 9.5km return starting from the Mortimer Picnic Ground.  You can then walk onto Four Brothers Rocks and take-in sweeping views across the park.

Bunyip State Park Map
Bunyip State Park Walks Map
Buttongrass Walk Map 

For more on the best hikes Dandenong Ranges visit:

Or download a tourist map of the area here:
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Welcome 2020!

January 20, 2020 9:58 am

The Eastern Dandenong Ranges are around one hour from the CBD, making it a perfect destination for day trips from Melbourne. Not quite as well known as the main tourist destinations in the Dandenong Ranges, like 1000 steps, we still have plenty of fun activities for everyone on offer and hidden gems you never knew were here. We are home to the mighty Puffing Billy Steam Train, stunning hikes, walking trails, cycling, kids activities, unique retail outlets, weekend markets, luxury accommodation and much, much more – so why not make it your New Years resolution to visit our beautiful little piece of Victoria this Summer?

Eastern Dandenong Ranges Perfect day trip from Melbourne


Bring the family out to the stunning Eastern Dandenong Ranges and enjoy a picnic, paddle boat ride or walk around picturesque Emerald Lake Park (pictured above), or visit our gorgeous townships like Gembrook and Cockatoo where you can meet the friendly locals at our top level cafe’s and restaurants dotted around the area.

Being situated only an hour out of Melbourne you will feel like you are in the Australian countryside, and instantly calmer as you find yourself surrounded by beautiful forest and nature. We can offer accommodation from camping, budget to luxury making the Eastern Dandenong Ranges a perfect destination for romantic weekend trips from Melbourne or a great spot to take the family on a camping weekend away. Not to mention exceptional destinations for weddings and big events.

We have plenty of different and fun ideas for local Melbournian’s and tourists alike for day trips from Melbourne including wineries, local farmgates, horseriding and golf courses which we are sure you won’t be disappointed by. So why not come out and say hello? To find out more visit our attractions page to see what is on offer in the beautiful Eastern Dandenong Ranges in Victoria this weekend.

Or for more on what to do around Melbourne and Victoria go to visitmelbourne.com