The Dandenong Ranges: Your Surreal Escape from The Real World


Victoria’s Dandenong Ranges are located just an hour’s drive from Melbourne. At 660 meters above sea level, the Dandenongs house some of Australia’s most exquisite gardens, lush rainforest gullies, picturesque parks, and diverse wildlife species.

Take in the dazzling natural scenery, explore the Dandenong Ranges’ quaint and delightful villages, enjoy some of the world’s finest dining, or participate in a cellar door tasting at one of the Yarra Valley’s boutique wineries (just a 30 minute drive from your cottage).

You can even visit farmer’s markets to buy delectably fresh produce—which is grown in the Dandenong’s rich volcanic soil, and nurtured by plentiful rainfall. Market vendors also sell locally-crafted cheeses, preserves, and other regional fare.

The Dandenong Ranges are so rich with beauty and aesthetic appeal; it’s no surprise that numerous artists have made this area their home. Tour the local galleries to view (and maybe purchase) plenty of Range-inspired and cultural artwork.

Visit William Ricketts Sanctuary,  with over 90  mystical  clay sculptures half  hidden among the Ferns, just a five minute walk from your Dandenong’s  accommodation. Spend an afternoon browsing the specialty shops of Olinda and Sassafras,enjoy afternoon tea at Miss Marple’s cafe or any of the quaint cafes in the Dandenongs.

If you’re on a  relaxing  holiday, or just want to see all the sights, take a ride on Australia’s oldest steam railway. Puffing Billy offers tours across the Dandenong Ranges’ lush landscape, while transporting passengers throughout the region’s farmlands and villages.

There are many wonderful gardens to visit throughout the Dandenong Ranges.Why not order an picnic basket to enjoy in any of the following lovely gardens open to the public.   The National Rhododendron Gardens in Olinda, the H.J  Hamer Arboretum ,Pirianda Gardens  or Alfred Nicholas Gardens with its tranquil ornamental lake surrounded by Ferns and and maples.

The Yarra Valley with its cool climate wines and cellar door tastings,  is just a thirty minute drive from your cottage. Why not book a day tour,including lunch and visit some wineries, with pick up and drop off at your accommodation.

For the more adventurous,why not take in  “Trees Adventure”  a new exhilarating Eco adventure in the Dandenong Ranges. It comprises five tree top obstacle and  flying Fox courses  and 65 Ariel challenges.   Located  Belgrave just 15 minute drive from your cottage accommodation.

The Dandenongs offer something for everyone, regardless of leisure preference. Book a stay [link to Bookings page] at Adeline Bed & Breakfast today. We are happy to help you plan your visit, and provide suggestions for local activities and experiences.

Within walking distance of your Dandenong Ranges  cottage accommodation:

  • Mt Dandenong village
  • Wild Oak  restaurant
  • Pig and Whistle Pub and Tavern
  • Kelly’s  Bar & Kitchen
  • Deli Platter café
  • Indian By Nature restaurant
  • Balance Therapies Day Spa
  • Local IGA  supermarket
  • Newsagents
  • William Ricketts Sanctuary

Five minutes by car from your Dandenong Ranges  cottage accommodation:

  • Olinda village
  • Copperfield restaurant
  • Ranges café Olinda
  • Pie In The Sky Olinda
  • Divine Gifts Olinda
  • Mangana Crafts and furniture
  • Montage Wares and Crafts Olinda sweet company
  • Olinda Pharmacy
  • Cloudhill  Gardens and nursery
  • Turkish Bazaar Pottery and Turkish delights
  • The Lace Shop
  • Olinda Cellars{ our favorite wine store offering boutique wines}
  • Elle Naturalle Olinda  massage and day spa
  • RJ  Hamer Arboretum
  • Sky High Restaurant and lookout ,amazing views to  Melbourne

Fifteen minutes by car from your Dandenong Ranges  cottage accommodation:

  • Alfred Nicholas Gardens, great for lovely relaxing walk Go down to the lake and feed the Ducks
  • Piriandi Gardens
  • Karawara Australian Plant Garden Kalorama
  • Burrinja Art Gallery and café
  • Sherbrook Art Gallery
  • Puffing Billy Steam Railway Belgrave
  • Tesselaars Tulip Festival{Mid Sept to mid Oct  annually}
  • Cameo cinemas Belgrave
  • Trees Adventure Belgrave with its flying foxes
  • Warratina Lavender farm and café

Forty minutes by car from your Dandenong Ranges  cottage accommodation

  • Yarra Valley with its boutique wineries and cellar door tastings
  • Eco adventure tours
  • Global Ballooning views over the Yarra Valley
  • Gulf Station Yarra Glen
  • Tarra Warra Museum and Gallery
  • Yering Station Yarra Valley Farmers Market
  • Yarra Glen Racecourse Craft Market
  • Healsville  Wildlife Sanctuary and Zoo