Most people can relate to the joy that buying a little something for yourself or others brings. So for something a little different, leave the high street and head for the hilltops for a spot of retail therapy. Enjoy the charm of the Dandenong Ranges shopping villages, where you'll find unique fashion and jewellery, homewares, art and children's shops.
Grants of Sherbrooke is set amongst towering mountain ash trees on the edge of the misty Sherbrooke Forest. Pop in and enjoy a coffee and their famous icing-dusted Vanilla Slice before exploring the gift shop and nearby walking trails. You’ll find an extensive range of Australian-made souvenirs, including lots of goods by local artists and makers.
Explore the delightful artists' nook at Olinda Collective, complete with quirky gifts and an inspiring collection of works by local artists. Whether shopping for yourself or others, Olinda Collective offers an eclectic mix of treasures from wooden crafts, knitwear and vintage trinkets. Make sure to allow plenty of time to dig through this delightful trove.
Step into the nostalgic world of Geppetto's Workshop - affectionately named after the 1940s Disney classic Pinocchio and famous for wooden puppets and children's toys sourced from over 30 countries. Try your hand at manoeuvring a traditionally handcrafted string marionette and create your own magical story of enchantment.
Chojo Bonsai Gallery in Sassafras is the perfect place to wind down and take a contemplative wander amongst the living Japanese art form of Bonsai. Bonsai are miniature trees grown in pots and are said to bring harmony, balance and even luck. The nursery offers Bonsai for sale and demonstrations on how to maintain your own Bonsai tree.
If meeting the makers is your idea of an authentic shopping experience, you can't go past Leaf Studios. The studio is run by five local artists and features their range of crafts, handmade ceramics, jewellery, and artwork rich in mythology and fantasy. The attached workshop allows you to glimpse inside their working studio and meet the makers as they create!
Among many things, Tall Trees Studio in Olinda is accessories heaven. With a vast range of unique, timeless pieces and beautiful gems set in vibrant and contemporary designs. If a sparkly splurge is what you're in the mood for, drop in and browse Tall Tree's curated collection of artisanal handcrafted accessories.
Does a beautifully arranged bouquet of fresh and dried flowers strike your fancy? Or perhaps a gourmet hamper overflowing with delicious treats? If you answered yes to either of those, Rubie's and Rust is the place to go. Their hampers are catered to meet many dietary requirements and are perfect if you're planning a leisurely stroll down one of the Dandenong Ranges stunning walking trails.
For the green thumbs amongst us, Diggers Shop at CloudeHill Gardens is a one-stop-shop for seeds, plants, bulbs, trees, garden supplies and more. Wander around the meticulous nursery to see its many rare plants and chat with the experienced staff who will be able to advise you on planting your own rainforest or garden.