What's Happening in the Hills
Here are a few things happening in the Dandenong Ranges and the Yarra Valley which should not be missed, visit these while you are here, or plan to make a special trip and stay for the occasion
Tulip Festival September 16th to October 13th 2009
You can experience more than a million spring flowering bulbs, 65 varieties of tulips, people dressed in Dutch costume, wooden clogs, great food and daily entertainment. Delight in the magic of spring at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. Tulip Festival Website.
Inspiring in Spring Dandenongs Garden Festival
Experience the natural majesty of The Dandenongs at its up-close and exhilarating best at this year’s Inspiring in Spring – The Dandenongs Garden Festival. This new festival
will delight all garden lovers of Melbourne, with the very finest of cool climate garden experiences on show during September and October. Dandenongs Garden Festival Website.
Gembrook Market - Fourth Sunday of every Month
Gembrook Market promotes sustainable living and many of its 90+ stall holders are artisans and craftspeople who have created unique items from recycled materials. Purchase home grown produce
including some wonderful gourmet foods. Only an hours drive from Melbourne, soak up the atmosphere of this little country hamlet, walk to shops, parks, tearooms, cafes, and Puffing Billy, it is all on the
doorstep! Markets held between 9am and 3pm Gembrook Market Website.
Kids Fun Run with Thomas in Gembrook 15th November 2009
The only Kids fun run with Thomas in the world is for under 12 years old and is getting more and more popular and obviously heaps of fun. For more details and an entry form go to the Kids Fun Run with Thomas Website.
Gembrook Open Gardenfest 12th October 2008
The third Gembrook Gardenfest will take place on Sunday between 10am and 5pm. Five gardens including 4 larger country gardens will be open to the public varying from cottage themes, colorful exotic Rhododendrons and Camellias to waterwise natives. Meet at the CFA Building, Innes Rd Gembrook to purchase a garden pass to all five gardens for just $10 per person. All proceeds to CFA. For a poster on the event click here.
PAVE Festival (Performing And Visual arts in Emerald) -13th to 19th April 2009
9 days of live performances, activities, courses, workshops, shows. Planned events include: Art Show, Gemco Theatre Performances, Live Music in
Emerald Cafes, Spoken Word and Poetry, Writers Workshop, Cartooning, Photography Competition, Guinness World Record Attempt . PAVE Festival Website.
Kurth Kiln Heritage Festival 19th April 2009
This once a year event at the historic Charcoal Kiln near Gembrook in the Dandenong Ranges won the 2005 Cardinia Shire Event of the Year award. There are activities planned such as Horse shoeing and Black smithing, Bullock teams, shearing and other entertainment. For more information go to Friends of Kurth Kiln Website.
Carols in the Hills
Come and join the Christmas
Celebrations in the Hills. Gembrook will be holding its popular annual Carols in the Park in JAC Russell Park next to the Puffing Billy Station Saturday 22 December starting 6.30pm. Or There are the Cockatoo
Community Carols by Candlelight Friday 21 December starting 8pm in the Alma Treloar Reserve with A Picnic before. And of course the Emerald Carols By Candlelight Friday 14 December Commencing 8.30pm with the
Emerald Village Picnic starting at 5.30pm at Worrel Reserve.
Emerald Winterfest July 2010
This once a year festival in the Main Street of Emerald is full of Family fun and entertainment. Browse the many stalls and visit the famous Emerald Bakery Emerald Winterfest Website.
Yarra Valley Grape Grazing - 18th and Sunday 19th April
The Yarra Valley plays host to a weekend full of fun and frivolity. The Yarra Valley Grape Grazing Festival promises to be a real celebration of this truly remarkable region and
attendees can enjoy this special autumn weekend and know they are helping to support the Yarra Valley community and local business that have been hit hard by the bushfires. The Festival spans the Valley taking
in 25 wineries, with a focus on beautifully crafted wine, superb food and the deluxe sounds of world-class musicians. Yarra Valley Grape Grazing Website.
The Great Train Race - 3rd May 2009
against Puffing Billy's Big Brother G42 and see if you can beat Australia's world famous veteran steam train, as thousands of runners have previously in this popular annual event. The variety of mountain
scenery, the alternating stretches of uphill and downhill winding roads and tracks combine with the sounds of the competing train and several crossings of the Railway to provide an enjoyable challenge for
runners of all ages. The Event runs from Belgrave via Selby, Menzies Creek and Clematis to Emerald Lake Puffing Billy Website.
Gippsland Slow Food Festival 9th May to 8th Jun 2009
West Gippsland’s food and wine producers are diverse and creative and we are proud to invite you to spend some time with us. Come and taste the fruits of our labour, learn from our
farmers, chefs and winemakers and enjoy our hospitality. Slow
Tom Quilty Gold Cup 14th to 21st September 2009
Come and be part of the National Endurance Riding Championship of Australia held at Tonimbuk. More than 4000 Enthusiasts are expected to take part in one way or another. For more information check the Tom Quilty 2009 Website Puffing Billy Country Getaways was proud to sponsor the 1st Heavyweight Divison trophy won by Brodie Freeman riding Cedar Ridge Magnetic.
Where to Eat and What to see
Forest Edge 2905 Launching Place Rd, Gembrook - Telephone (03) 5967 7007
- A La Carte Dining in a lovely spacious environment with fantastic views. Open Friday and Saturday Nights and Saturday and
Sunday Lunch. Highly recommended for great food and great service.
The Ranges Hotel and Motel Telephone (03) 5968 1220 Map5
- Enjoy your meal and a quiet drink in this century-old Hotel. In the summer relax on the decking and watch native birds
feed. In the winter, warm yourself by the open fires. Lunch and dinner: Thur, Frid, Sat, Sun. Open School Holidays and Public Holidays. This is a place of history and you will feel it as soon as you enter
- Charlotte's Tea Rooms Telephone (03) 5968 1758 Map22
- Adjacent to its own plant nursery Charlotte's has an interesting craft shop displaying the many talents of the local
community. Its tea room offers Devonshire teas and light lunches in the restaurant or in the garden. Licensed B.Y.O. Lovely old world hospitality. Wood fire for cold days. Charlotte's is open seven days
from 10am to 4,30 pm.
- Puffing Billy Town Station Tel: (03) 5968 1627 Map2
- This new facility, built on the site of a former goods yard in the center of Gembrook, is the terminus of the Puffing Billy
line from Belgrave. which was reopened in 1998. Inside the station you can purchase light snacks, ice-creams and refreshments as well as choosing from a wide range of gifts and souvenirs. There is ample
parking space and a beautiful picnic park (with barbeque facilities) immediately adjacent.
- Buy freshly baked bread, rolls, delicious cakes, quiches and everything you would expect from a village home-baking bakery.
- Blackwood Lane Gallery and Gardens Tel: (03) 5968 1567 Map25
- Sue Jarvis is a well known, talented and award winning artist. Her gallery is a custom built accommodation for many of her
artworks. Her paintings and drawings range through various media according to her subjects and a visit to her studio/gallery is well worth your time. The gallery is within a short distance of Gembrook town
center. Take this rare opportunity to visit an artist in her own studio which is set in a beautiful background of a delightful garden.
- Located in a beautiful, unspoiled, natural bush setting at Tomahawk Creek, this historic building is well worth a visit.
Apart from its historical interest, its location near to the flowing creek where you will find barbeque and toilet facilities will make the visit a family treat. Start your barbeque and be delighted by the
sudden presence of several, very interested kookaburras. Weekend camping or just picnicking is an absolutely magical experience.
- The historic center of the area is a brick built Charcoal Kiln built in the early 40's. Information on its purpose and
history are available at the site.
- Other things to see or do
- For a longer walk or drive try the Bunyip State Park. There are a number of picnic grounds and great spots with views. Or
there is Ship Rock Falls. Further Information on these are available from the Parks Victoria office or the Kurth Kiln Picnic grounds.
- Wild about Tours is a very personal experience, taking you to the finest destinations in The Dandenong Ranges and Yarra
Valley. Jilly is your personal tour guide, taking groups of no more that 6 at any one time. Tours are either full days or half days and are flexible. We can mix and match tour content to ensure you have the
very best experience possible. Most tours include a glass of wine with lunch and wine tastings, so you can relax and be driven for the day. Tours start from $60 for a half day. Click here for further details
at Wild About Tours and mention Carinya Park.
How about listening to local Radio? 3MDR 97.1- Local Radio covering the Dandenong & Yarra Ranges, Southern Suburbs,
Mornington Peninsula, Port Philip & Western Port Bays, Geelong, Ballarat & Castlemaine, North along the Hume Hwy, Inner City Melbourne & South East into Gippsland. Live Web Streaming available.