The village of Mount Evelyn is centred around a vibrant street flanked by ancient trees including the spectacular listed Illawara Flame Tree. The village centre offers picnic facilities, cafes, historical points of interest including the old railway platform which has stunning views of Mt Dandenong, mosaics and unique hand-painted totems.
Mount Evelyn is home to more than 60 varieties of birds including the endangered Powerful Owl. The Olinda Creek flows through the valley where walkers and nature lovers have been delighted to discover many wildlife species such as wallabies, echidnas, platypus and turtles.
The celebrated Warburton Rail Trail runs through the centre of the village attracting hikers, cyclists and horse riders.There are a host of other tracks and trails around Mount Evelyn to suit all levels of fitness and abilities. Most are accessible to prams and wheelchairs and offer a wide variety of flora and fauna.
For a little indulgence, why not sample fair from one of the many eateries which include an award-winning bakery, a unique food concept restaurant and a gourmet cake cafe with an open fire? Wine lovers can taste local wines and enjoy a fine dining experience in a Tuscan-inspired building overlooking the Yarra Valley.
Mount Evelyn is host to a variety of boutique shops and even has an unusual nursery precinct covering native and ornamental plants. The beauty of the region inspires many artists who exhibit their work at the local gallery/cafe.
There is also a night market which embraces local produce and giftwares. The fresh mountain air and lush forests attract many visitors, so for those looking for a rejuvenating experience, the local day spa offers a wide range of therapeutic treatments.
To experience this beautiful environment and what it offers both locally and further afield, visitors can choose from a range of secluded B&B accommodations. Mount Evelyn makes a perfect getaway and is ideally situated to explore both the Dandenong Ranges and the Yarra Valley.
Mount Evelyn was named after Evelyn Heales, daughter of Richard Heales, Victorian Premier (1860-1861).