July Events

Tractor Fruit Tasting Tours

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July , Tours run from 9am to 4pm seven days a week all year round (except Christmas Day)

Sample fruit as it was meant to be eaten - straight from the tree! Sit in comfort in a covered trailer behind the farm tractor and enjoy a farm tour with fruit! U pick available during tours. Tours run daily between 9am - 4pm and last around 1 hour. Fruit picked to take away is charged depending on variety. During these tours 8 - 10 varieties of fruit samples are offered.

Rayner's Orchard, 60 Schoolhouse Rd Woori Yallock

Adults $28 Seniors & Children (5 yrs and under free): $23 Family Group (4 +) all @ kids prices p/p: $23

Winery Tours with Wild Wombat Tours

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July , Public & Private Tours 7 days

Our Yarra Valley Winery Tour is so popular we run it every day, seven days a week. One of the things that sets us apart from other tours is that we like our Yarra Valley winery tour itineraries to be totally flexible. This way, we can discuss with you any particular wineries you’d like to visit, or wine varietals you’d like to try, so we can ensure you get the most out of your day. Call 1300 945 396 to book.

Wild Wombat Tours : 1300 945 396

From $110 per person

Christmas In July at SkyHigh Mt Dandenong

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July , 12pm until 3pm Monday to Friday ONLY

Christmas in July is available on selected dates from Monday - Friday in July. Bring your club or a group of friends and enjoy all the trappings of a traditional Christmas lunch just a little early. Live entertainment and trivia fun is included if the total bookings are above 60 people. See our website for further details.

26 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong

$28 per person

Sunday Roast Lunch at SkyHigh Mount Dandenong

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July , 11.30 until 3pm - Only available every Sunday at SkyHigh

Enjoy SkyHigh Mount Dandenong’s Sunday Roast Lunch. Located in our upstairs Function Room with stunning views… Entree of soup, choice of roast pork or beef with all the trimmings, traditional fish and chips for main course. For the children we have fish & chips or chicken nuggets & chips if they do not wish to have the roast and of course something sweet - eat as much as you like from our dessert buffet. See our website to book.

SkyHigh, 26 Observatory Rd, Mt Dandenong

Adults $39.50 - Children $20.00 (5 - 12 years) includes a glass of wine for the Adults only - Children's price does not include drinks

Kallista Community Market

Sat 1st July , 9am - 1pm

Kallista is a vibrant outdoor country market with handmade and home crafted goods including jewellery, plants, wood crafts, soap, clothing, delicious food and so much more.

Village Green, Church St, Kallista

Christmas in July at the Cuckoo

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July , Lunch 7 days a week, Dinner Friday to Sunday, Afternoon Tea Saturday and Sunday

Come and visit the Cuckoo for our Mid Year Christmas this July – because Christmas in summer is just too far away! With carols, delicious Christmas fare and delightfully decorated, the cosy Cuckoo is the perfect place to anticipate a white Christmas in the hills as you wait for Santa to drop in during lunch. Perfect for social groups and fun for all.

The Cuckoo, 508 Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda

Wine Tasting at Olinda Cellars

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July , 5pm - 8pm

Join us EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT for free wine tasting where we explore new wines, new vintages and sometimes golden oldies. With a reputation as one of Melbourne’s finest boutique wine specialists, we offer sensational wines from all over Australia, with a great collection of hard to find vintage wines, boutique local beers and Australian Spirits.

Shop 7/540 Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Olinda

Wines are selected weekly so call 9751 0999 for details of wines available for tasting.

Wild About Tours

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July

Tours available tailored to suit your interests and time frame. Boutique wineries, cider & ale trail, Gardens, The best of The Dandenong's. Groups from 2-7 person. Call Jilly on 0431 970 522 for prices and to organise the perfect tour for you.

Picking up across the Dandenong Ranges

From $99 half day (lunch extra).

The Gully Market

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July , Saturday 8am-3pm Sunday 9am-3pm

The Gully Market is a long established market that runs every Saturday and Sunday in the carpark of the Upper Ferntree Gully Train Station. Drop in on the way up (or the way down) the mountain and stretch your legs as the Gully Market has lots of craft stalls, fresh fruit and vegetables, plants and home made goods.

Upper Ferntree Gully Railway Station

Enquiries: 0417 599 466

Classical Tracks - A programme of classical performances

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July

In partnership with Burrinja Cultural Centre and some of Australia’s finest orchestras, musicians and local talent, Yarra Ranges Council delivers you another season of sensational classical performances. Enjoy glorious music and thrilling performances in the Yarra Ranges’ finest performance spaces - this kaleidoscopic series of concerts, workshops, performances, multimedia productions, exhibitions, ballet and children's entertainment has something for everyone.

See the website for programme and ticket pricing

How to Prune your Roses

Sat 1st July , 10.30am for approximately 1.5 hours

Ken Colley will be demonstrating how to prune your roses from your Climber, Standards, shrubs or Hybrid T roses. Showing you some simple steps to take in order to produce those beautiful flowers through Spring into late summer. It will cover what tools to use and best pruning practices and why we need to prune in the first place. Come along and make your garden more beautiful than ever. Bookings essential on 03 9751 0584.

Diggers at Cloudehill, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Diggers members: $29, non-members: $39

Winter Pruning your Fruit Trees

Sat 1st July , 1pm for approximately 1.5 hours

Ken Colley will be showing you how to prune your fruit trees this winter so that you can optimize fruit production in your garden. He will go through the basics from what tools to use to basic pruning concepts and why we prune in the first place. Bookings essential on 03 9751 0584.

Diggers at Cloudehill, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Diggers members: $29, non-members: $39

Mid Week Lunch Special at Oakridge Wines

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July , Available Monday, Thursday and Friday from 11:30am

Enjoy a mid week delight at Oakridge, with a seasonal dish and a glass of Local Vineyard Series wine and tea or coffee. Available Monday, Thursday and Friday from 11:30am | $45 per person. Offer valid from May until the end of August 2017 (excluding public holidays). To book your mid week escape, call us on 03 9738 9900.

Oakridge Wines, 864 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream

$45 per person

Culture Tracks: Art Exhibitions, Music and Movies across the Ranges

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July

The Culture Tracks program of arts and cultural events covers performance, music, exhibitions, workshops and movies at Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, The Memo in Healesville, Montrose Town Centre, Mooroolbark Community Centre, the Arts Centre in Warburton and Burrinja Cultural Centre. Drop in to your nearest venue and pick up a copy of the full Culture Tracks program, call our team on 1300 368 333, or visit our website to book tickets or find further information on all our events.

Brought to you by Yarra Ranges Arts, Culture & Heritage Department

Afternoon Tea Anyone?

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July

People often travel to The Villages just for a real Devonshire Tea and with the increasing popularity of a High Tea, will often spend all afternoon drinking tea and grazing on the sweet and savoury delights. What a way to spend a day! Whether you want a full English High Tea Experience or just a piece of delicious cake or tart with a pot of tea or a coffee - you're in the right place! Find out more about the differences and where you can find the best Afternoon Tea experiences in the Dandenong Ranges.

Locations throughout the Dandenong Ranges

Steam and Cuisine Luncheon Train

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July , Departs daily at 12.30pm- Return 3.30pm

Experience first class travel in our 100 year old fully enclosed and heated heritage dining carriages. Share the grandeur and charm of a three hour steam train journey whilst savouring our first class menu. Select from a three course standard menu or graze over our two course Natter Platter- a great meal to share. Bookings essential. Contact: 03 9757 0700.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

3 Course Menu $88.50-$98.50 Natter Platter $67.50 - $75

Christmas In July at Marybrooke

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July , Lunch Thursday to Sunday, private functions at any time

Come and celebrate Christmas In July at Marybrooke Manor with all the festive trimmings. Available in PJ’s Restaurant for lunch Thursday to Sunday and at any time for functions with a minimum of 30 guests. Enjoy a delicious three course meal with merry carols, bonbons & Christmas cheer.

Marybrooke Manor, 10 Sherbrooke Road, Sherbrooke

$45 per adult with all the trimmings

Valley Ranges Getaways Winter Warmer Offer

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July

Enjoy a complimentary Winter Warmer Dinner at your accommodation. Stay in any of our properties for 3 consecutive nights until the end of Winter and a Pot of hearty soup, a loaf of crusty bread and winter warm puddings will be waiting for you on your arrival night. Simply Add the code WINTER when booking 3 nights or call 1300 48 84 48 to book.

24 properties throughout the Villages

Dine & Dance on Puffing Billy

Sat 1st July , Departs 7.00pm Returns 11.30pm

Are you ready to Dine & Dance the night away at Puffing Billy? We’re waiting to welcome you and your guests to your unique heritage experience. Winding through the Dandenong Ranges, Dine & Dance on Puffing Billy is the perfect setting for your work function, birthday celebration or a great night out with friends.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$93 per person. No concessions apply.

Garden Workshop - Winter Pruning Your Fruit Trees

Sat 1st July , 1pm for approximately 1.5 hours

Join us at the Diggers garden Shop at the spectacular Cloudehill Gardens for a 'Winter Pruning for Fruit Trees' workshop. We will show you how to prune your fruit trees this winter so that you can optimise fruit production in your garden. Learn all the basics from what tools to use, to basic pruning concepts and why we prune in the first place.

Diggers Nursery at Cloudehill Gardens, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda

$29 for Diggers members, $39 for non-members

Garden workshop - How to Prune Your Roses

Sat 1st July , 10.30am for approximately 1.5 hours

Come to The Diggers garden Shop at the spectacular Cloudehill Gardens in Olinda and join us for one one of our most popular workshops - How to prune your roses. Our presenter will demonstrate how to prune your roses including your climber, standards, shrubs or hybrid T roses. You will learn some simple steps to take in order to produce those beautiful flowers through spring into late summer.

Diggers Nursery at Cloudehill Gardens, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda

$29 for Diggers members, $39 for non-members

Cab Fest - Cabernet Wine Afternoon

Sat 1st July , 12 Noon - 4pm Bookings on 03 9751 0999

It's "Wine Fest” time again and this year we will be highlighting a stunning selection of spectacular Cabernet, and it's blended cousins. The line up will include over 80 wines with icon producers and vintage rarities on show with a few imports thrown in for good measure. Try all the wines on offer with Wild Oak’s signature sharing plates included throughout the day. This event is a “must attend” for any wine lover and a rare opportunity to collectively sample an extraordinary array of Cabernet side by side.

Wild Oak Restaurant, 232 Ridge Rd, Olinda

$50 per person - Only 50 tickets available

Christmas in July at Fortnums

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July , 7 Days a week

Celebrate Christmas in July here at Fortnums with a traditional 2 or 3 course Christmas Lunch overlooking the spectacular nearby ranges. Fortnums is set amongst picturesque gardens and has the bright airy look and feel of an English conservatory with a charming atmosphere created by warm friendly staff and relaxing music. What better way to bring a bit of Christmas cheer this winter.

Fortnums Restaurant, 395 Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Sassafras

2 courses for $32.90 or 3 courses for only $35.90

Fruit Bottling Workshops at Rayner's Orchard

Sat 1st July  until Mon 31st July , 2 sessions run daily: 9.30am and 1pm

Book in for a Fruit Bottling Workshop and learn to bottle your own fruit with our friendly staff. You can bottle up your own unique fruit combination or fill some bottles up with traditional fruit flavours. We use Fowlers Vacola equipment and also stock preserving kits, food dehydrators and other bottling equipment in our shop! Why not do the Bottling Workshop then purchase a Fowlers Vacola Preserving Kit to take home and bottle some more! Bookings online or call 03 5964 7654.

Rayner's Orchard, 60 Schoolhouse Rd, Woori Yallock

Adults $89 includes 5 bottles of fruit. Additional bottles of fruit are $5.50 per bottle. Kids are free if accompanied by 2 or more adults. They only pay for fruit bottled at $5.50 per bottle.

Lilydale Farmers Produce Market

Sun 2nd July , 8am - 1pm

A farm fresh produce market next to Lillydale Lake with over 50 stalls with a variety of fresh foods, easy access and car parking. You'll find a range of vegetables, seasonal fruits and berries, butchers with beef, pork and small good products, processed foods – jams, chutneys, sauces, soups and pasta lines, bakery products – breads, croissants, cakes, tarts & muffins and more... and baby farm animals and a jumping castle for young children to enjoy.

Bellbird Park, Swansea Rd, Lilydale

Enquiries: 9727 0037

Bistro Night at Coonara Springs

Wed 5th July  until Wed 26th July , Lunch 12pm-3pm, Dinner 6.30pm-10pm

Chefs Special every Wednesday! $50 for three courses... Our menu designed around what is available in our own kitchen garden, what is available locally and seasonally... its a great value evening with lots of atmosphere, delicious food in a beautiful setting. EVERY WEDNESDAY!

Coonara Springs Restaurant, 129 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

$50 for three courses

BYO Cellar Nights at Coonara Springs

Thu 6th July  until Thu 27th July , Lunch 12pm-3pm, Dinner 6.30pm-10pm

Celebrate your Cellar with BYO on Thursday evenings, corkage free, with every meal eaten. Coonara Springs has a history of excellent food and wine since the 1920's, with seven acres of gardens to explore between courses and magnificent views of the Yarra Valley and Ranges. Roaring fires are guaranteed...

Coonara Springs Restaurant, 129 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda

Corkage Free

High Tea at Coonara Springs

Thu 6th July , 11am - 6pm - First Thursday of each month

Coonara Springs is celebrating its history as an iconic destination for High Tea's since the 1920's. Enjoy vintage teapots, cake stands, scones, home baked cakes, savouries, finger sandwiches & locally blended tea's. Sip champagne overlooking views of the Yarra Valley, and enjoy a stroll to our kitchen garden afterwards.

Coonara Springs 129 Olinda Monbulk Rd, Olinda

$65 for non alcoholic, $75 including bubbles

Mont De Lancey Country Market

Sat 8th July , 9am - 1pm

The Mont De Lancey Country and Homemade Crafts Market will provide a unique personal encounter with the makers and growers of quality regional products in a heritage setting which provides a true country market environment. You'll find fresh produce, craft, herbs, meat, native flowers and more. Come and see the working Blacksmith's & Wood Turners. Great family fun.

71 Wellington Road, Wandin

Gold Coin entry, children free

Hills Art Market

Sat 8th July , 9am - 3pm

Come and see what is hidden in the hills at this unique open-air Artists Market, a visual and musical feast. Artists will showcase and sell their art directly to you and visitors can wander through a world of artistic imagination, discovering the variety of skills and techniques and musicians of the local region, while enjoying the beauty of the tall trees, good food, great coffee, and all that the Emerald village has to offer.

Beside Puffing Billy at Emerald Station

Free Entry

Belgrave Big Dreams Market

Sun 9th July , 9 am - 2 pm

A place to find all things grown and made with love : A dream come true : A dream to foster community, abundance, joy and creativity. You'll discover a collection of Melbourne's finest Artists and Makers. Discover original and bespoke design pieces alongside some of the yummiest and freshest produce the area has to offer with live music courtesy of our very talented onsite buskers, bouncy castle and facepainting for the kids, this is a market for the whole family to enjoy!

Hayes Car Park/Blacksmiths Way, Belgrave

Free Entry

Montrose Craft Market

Sat 15th July , 9am - 1.30pm

Situated at the base of the mountain on the way to Lilydale the Montrose Market has a variety of craft and fresh produce stalls. Drop in on the way out to the Yarra Valley.

Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Montrose

Enquiries: 9728 1703

Little Yarra Market

Sat 15th July , 9am - 2pm

Looking for a great outdoor market? Little Yarra has it all, quality stalls, crafts & recycled goods, organic skincare, eco-cleaning products, local & organic produce, sourdough bread, coffee, chai, great food, massage, wood fired pizza, biodynamic sausages, local buskers, entertainment and more. Enquiries can be made to [email protected] or phone 0411 243 673.

Little Yarra Steiner School or Upper Yarra Museum

Free Entry

Tea Cosy Exhibition and Competition

Sat 15th July  until Sun 23rd July , 10am - 4.30pm

Come along to Warratina Lavender Farm to see a spectacular collection of handmade, knitted and crocheted tea cosies! 100% of entry fee and sales donated to raise funds for Cancer Council Victoria. All enquiries please call 03 5964 4650.

Warratina Lavender Farm, 105 Quayle Rd, Wandin Yallock

Exhibition entry: $5 adult - $4 concession - children under 12 free

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Sat 15th July , Departs at 7.30pm Returns 11pm

Join us for an intriguing night of murder, mystery and suspense aboard Puffing Billy's evening train special. Dress to the 1920s and 1930s era to go in the draw to win a prize! Includes train journey, three course meal at the Nobelius Packing Shed and live entertainment. Departs at 7.30pm Fridays and 7.00pm Saturdays. Bookings essential. Contact: 03 9757 0700.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$112 per person

Emerald Craft and Produce Market

Sun 16th July , 9am - 3pm

The Emerald Market is vibrant and colourful featuring locally made products and home grown produce right in the centre of town. Visitors can expect a variety of goods including preserves, cakes, hot food stalls, local specialties, vegetables and plants, jewellery, clothing, food, lifestyle products and massage. Our market is plastic bag free, so don’t forget to bring along your own bags.

Cnr Kilvington Drive & Main St, Emerald

Enquiries: 0419 345 750

Dine & Dance on Puffing Billy

Sat 22nd July , Departs 7.00pm Returns 11.30pm

Are you ready to Dine & Dance the night away at Puffing Billy? We’re waiting to welcome you and your guests to your unique heritage experience. Winding through the Dandenong Ranges, Dine & Dance on Puffing Billy is the perfect setting for your work function, birthday celebration or a great night out with friends.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$93 per person. No concessions apply.

SkyHigh's Christmas In July Sunday Buffet Lunch

Sun 23rd July , 11:30 until 4pm

Full festive lunch buffet - Located in our upper floor function room from 11.30pm to 4pm. Prices include the full Christmas buffet with all the trimmings. Full payment is required 4 weeks prior to the event or when the event becomes booked out. See our website for further details.

26 Observatory Road, Mount Dandenong

$60 per adult $30 per child (Under 5 Free of Charge)

Gembrook Market

Sun 23rd July , 9am - 2pm

Promoting sustainable living, many of the 90+ stall holders are artisans and craftspeople who have created unique items from recycled materials. Purchase home grown produce including some wonderful gourmet foods. We have a 'garage sale site' and if occupied on the day you visit, who knows what bargain you may find! A jumping castle, farm animals or similar activities for young children are on site at most markets.

Gembrook Community Centre, Gembrook-Pakenham Rd, Gembrook

Live Jazz at Wild Oak Restaurant

Fri 28th July , 7pm onwards

Enjoy dinner with the smooth sounds of live jazz from our Resident jazz trio featuring Craig Smith. Bookings 9751 2033.

Cnr Ridge Rd & Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, Mt Dandenong

Murder on Puffing Billy Express

Sat 29th July , Departs at 7.30pm Returns 11pm

Join us for an intriguing night of murder, mystery and suspense aboard Puffing Billy's evening train special. Dress to the 1920s and 1930s era to go in the draw to win a prize! Includes train journey, three course meal at the Nobelius Packing Shed and live entertainment. Departs at 7.30pm Fridays and 7.00pm Saturdays. Bookings essential. Contact: 03 9757 0700.

Puffing Billy Belgrave Station, 1 Monbulk Rd, Belgrave

$112 per person