Things to Do
in the Dandenong Ranges
Wild Oak Cooking School
The Wild Oak Cooking School is purpose designed to maximize the use of a central workspace that allows a ‘hands on’ experience rather than a ‘demonstration’ kitchen. Having a small capacity of 8-10, students can enjoy a much higher level of contact with professional chef instructors. With different class types and subjects to suit all levels and interests you’ll easily be able to find one that is perfect for you. Come by yourself, with your partner or with friends, it’s a great fun night or day out. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine as you learn and eat what you have created.
Walking Trails & Waterfalls
If you enjoy bushwalking or just want to go for a gentle stroll, there are many walking tracks throughout the Dandenongs. Along the tracks are scenic views, native flora and fauna and waterfalls. There are designated tracks for all fitness levels and the cool mountain elevation affords spectacular panoramic views. There is abundant native birdlife, including crimson rosellas, kookaburras and the superb lyrebird. Discover the Olinda or Sherbrooke Falls or enjoy a picnic at the various picnic grounds. For the brave there is also the 1000 steps from Fern Tree Gully to One Tree Hill.
There are many wonderful Village Markets throughout the Dandenong Ranges with a great community vibe. They range from Farmer's markets packed with fresh regional produce and goods to some fantastic arts and crafts markets. There is generally one on every weekend and often there are several. See the link below for a current list of markets in the region.
Trees Adventure is a new, exhilarating eco-adventure in the Dandenongs. It comprises five tree-top obstacle and flying fox courses that weave through the sublime canopy of Glen Harrow heritage gardens. Soar through the forest on an array of flying foxes and take on a series of thrilling challenges. Adventurers move between platforms between 2 and 12 metres in height, across a series of imaginative obstacles. There are easy courses for those scared of heights to ‘black runs’ for thrill seekers.
Rayners Stonefruit Orchard
Spend a fantastic day with farmer Len or his son Cameron. Experience the joy of picking and eating some of the very best stonefruit the area has to offer! Freshly picked fruit is available every day and during daily Fruit Tasting Tractor Tours, U Pick is also available. We have fruit available every day of the year and the types of fruit depend on the season. Your farm experience will include all aspects of fruit growing, picking, packing, handling and growing methods and of course eating as much of our fabulous fruit as you can. You can also take some home with you. There are also yabbies in the dam (fresh water crayfish) if you wish you may catch a few.
Wine Tasting in the Yarra Valley
With an enviable reputation as one of the world's great food and wine regions, you'll discover cafes and restaurants, art galleries, markets, nature walks, bustling villages and a multitude of attractions scattered throughout the Yarra Valley region. Drive down one of the three key touring routes, the Melba, Maroondah and Warburton Highways and begin a tour of discovery. Join an organised tour to get the best cellar door experience as the winemakers love you to talk about their wines and the winemaking process while you taste the day away.
The best way to see the Yarra Valley. Let the breeze usher you in a hot air balloon along corridors of grape vines and over the Yarra River as you take in breathtaking views of mountains that surround the spectacular valley. Our Pilots live in the Yarra Valley so what better way to learn about the region than seeing it from a birds eye view! With extensive knowledge from the pilots and crew, who live and breathe hot air ballooning, you will experience the beauty of the Yarra Valley like never before!