Just an hour’s drive from the city is the lush landscape of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges, part of the Great Dividing mountain range which runs the entire length of the east coast of Australia.
The Dandenongs are also home to ‘Puffing Billy’. Operating since 1900, this fully restored steam engine is Australia’s oldest surviving and most famous steam train. Re-live the romance and charm of the by-gone days of steam as you travel on this historic, narrow gauge railway on its original mountain track.
After arriving at Lakeside take a leisurely drive through the towering gum trees and magical ferns and visit quaint townships such as Sassafras and Olinda where you can spend time browsing through the many wonderful art and craft shops.
William Rickett’s Sanctuary is also a must see for any visitor to the Dandenong Ranges. A place of great beauty, the Sanctuary, with its emotive Aboriginal sculptures, is set amongst a stunning backdrop of towering eucalypt trees and ferns.
Guests can stroll through ancient rainforest at Grant’s Reserve and hand feed a variety of native Australian birds.