Head to Tesselaar Tulip farm
With literally hundreds of thousands of tulips on site, a visit to the Tesselaar flower show is definitely one to bring your camera to.
Over autumn, head to the Silvan area in the Dandenong Ranges for ‘KaBloom,’ a flower spectacle of tulips, marigolds, petunias, and flower meadows.
In spring, head along to the annual tulip festival featuring over a million bulbs in every colour you could imagine. Each flower show features food, drinks, attractions, and entertainment for the whole family.
Visit the town of Sassafras
A quaint township within the Dandenong Ranges, a stroll along the 19th century-style streets of Sassafras is a perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon. You can find yourself having a spot of Devonshire tea, browsing antique stores or artisan market stalls, marvelling at the smaller art galleries and enjoying lunch amongst the fern trees.
Admire the art at Burrinja
A cultural hub found at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges in Upwey, the Burrinja Culture Centre features local art, events and experiences for all ages.
The centre highlights rotating art exhibitions, cultural workshops, local performances, activities, and events, with food and drink available on-site.
Have a paddle on Emerald Lake
Fancy a lakeside adventure? Grab a friend and head to the town of Emerald, where you can use pedal power on a two-person paddleboat around Lake Treganowan.
The vintage ride empowers you to explore the glistening waters of Emerald Lake as you have fun spotting ducks, kookaburras, wallabies, and rosellas.
Wander through the gardens
From natural botanicas to rhododendrons and ferns, there are many gardens to explore on a trip to the Dandenong Ranges.
Head to Olinda’s Botanic Garden, an attraction that features almost 300,000 flowers including azaleas, camellias, daffodils and rhododendrons, with a free 25-minute Garden Explorer bus tour that can be taken to explore the stunning views.
Other gardens to visit on a scenic flora tour include the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, a wonderful place for a picnic amongst the sculptures, water features and seasonal blooms, and the Cloudehill Gardens, featuring rotating blossoms amongst five acres of volcanic soil.
Climb the treetops
Looking for an adrenaline rush amongst the treetops? Near Puffing Billy station in Belgrave, head on a zipline course with Treetops Adventure amongst eight hectares of rainforest, with sessions designed for kids to advanced tight rope walkers.
Go for a hike
The Dandenong Ranges is home to a variety of walking trails to discover. Popular walks include the 1000 Steps (or Kokoda Track Walk) that begins at the Ferntree Gully Picnic Ground and finishes roughly 1000 steps later along Lyrebird Track; the Olinda Falls Walk, a short 300 metre journey to spectacular waterfall views, and the Cardinia Reservoir Park walk, a three kilometre journey that is both pram and dog friendly.