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Dandenong Ranges

The Dandenong Ranges is the perfect escape
from city life.

The Dandenong Ranges is home to many iconic experiences and memories! Hop on the Puffing Billy Railway at Belgrave and wander your way over historic trestle bridges, through the lush fern glades, towering forests and charming villages from your open carriage - you can even bring your doggo for the trip (please check dates for the Dog Express).

Don't come on a full tummy - the Villages of the Dandenong Ranges really know how to put on a high tea experience that'll have you bragging to your friends. Miss Marples Tea Room, Marybrooke Manor and Mary Eats Cake all put on a spread your nan would be proud of. Olinda Tea House put on a high tea with a modern asian twist that's popular among many visitors.

If scones and tea aren't your thing, our fancy pubs will hit the spot - give Paradise Valley Hotel or Micawber Tavern a go.

Breakfast lovers will enjoy Ripe Cafe in Sassafras, The General Food Store in Emerald or maybe one of our bakeries.

Upgrade your visit to the Dandenong Ranges and stay a night in a cute cottage, bed & breakfast or unique stay - View them here.

A note to travellers:

The Dandenong Ranges recently suffered from an extraordinary weather event and parts of the Dandenong Ranges are still recovering and rebuilding from this. Before heading to Melbourne's Dandenong Ranges, please check the below websites for important updates that may affect your travel plans.

Well known parks such as Alfred Nicholas, William Ricketts, 100 steps and many more are currently closed whilst Parks Vic assess and fix the damages.

See Parks Vic Updates

There are also many roads that are not accessible by visitors or at all - this is because they're not safe to drive on. Vic Roads are updating on road closures and openings but please allow extra time to get where you need to be and plan ahead.

See Vic Roads Traffic Updates

There are parts of the Dandenong Ranges that are now safely accessible by roads and welcoming visitors back! See the friendly faces in the townships of Belgrave, Sassafras, Kallista, Emerald and more. And yes, Puffing Billy is set to roll around the tracks each weekend!

Yarra Ranges Tourism will keep you up-to-date with openings, itineraries and travel ideas via our socials through this time. Make sure you're following us on Instagram and Facebook.