Updated 5 December 2019
Full of surprises, the Dandenong Ranges are home to lush forests, scenic trails and small communities that host regular markets and house speciality stores ready to explore. Uncover your next favourite book or a gourmet delight, crisp linens and artisan crafts; the villages that dot the Dandenongs are full of creativity and talent. Find Your Self and bring some country charm to your everyday life while enjoying the local spirit that these communities thrive on.
Mark our Top 7 destinations below for your next visit to the Dandenong Ranges.
If your day doesn’t start with a coffee, then neither should an adventure in the Dandenongs. Tucked away Behind the Trees, amidst wooden camera’s, bath wares and locally produced gifting gems, Incy Wincy is a contemporary lifestyle store. Stocking coffee, seasonal produce and speciality beans, a stop at this grab and go coffee haven will not only set you up for a beautiful day of exploring, but you can walk away with an armful of memories to wake you up, even after you’ve left the Ranges.
Luxurious, sustainable and full of old world charm Creswick Wool mills represent a true Aussie success story. Creswick celebrated it’s 70’th birthday just last year and is proudly supporting their thriving community through reinvesting in sustainable business practices. They’ve truly perfected sustainable fashion, specialising in high-quality natural fibres like alpaca, cashmere and merino wool. Their local mills produce Alpaca throws, blankets and accessories. A stop here means a cosy addition to your wardrobe or home with a notch to add to the sustainability bar.
Nothing really matches fresh air as much as fresh literature. So a stop at Daisy Boots should make your list next time you’re near the Dandenong Ranges National Park. Featuring something for every book lover, you’ll be sure to find your next page-turner right here. If you’re making your way down during the week, Daisy Boots offer a cheeky Tuesday discount. Keep your eye on their Facebook channel to see what other special offers come up in time for your visit.
For something a little more artisanal, mark Geppetto's on your itinerary and leave yourself enough time to explore their entire collection of Puppets and Marionettes (over 600 to be exact!) collected from all over the world. Geppetto’s collection extends beyond puppets and features a plethora of wooden toys, spinning tops, wooden puzzles and games so you can find the perfect piece for every special child in your life.
Immerse yourself in a true market experience at the Hills Art Market. This warm gathering of musicians and artists under the lush forest scape of the Dandenongs happens only every second Saturday, so make sure to drop by and spend a few hours - if not the whole day - chatting with painters, potters, sculptors and jewellery markers and finding unique, handmade pieces to suit your style. If you’re looking for a specific piece of furniture, the local makers will wow you with their bespoke collections, so you might find your favourite piece next time you’re in town. When you’re ready for a break, visit the local produce stands and grab a delicious bite to enjoy in the open air.
Inspirational gift shop at Kuranga Native Nursery
Kuranga's gift shop offers a unique shopping experience. Stocking an exceptional range of bushfood produce from Australian flora, fragrant body products, beautiful homewares, essentials for the home gardener, an extensive native plant book selection, stationary and gift cards.
Situated in tranquil surroundings with wide verandahs overlooking Olinda Creek shrouded by stately white trunked manna gums and the nursery surrounds. The spectacular architect designed building features 100 year old massive wharf timbers and recycled ironbark exposed beams and houses the inspirational gift shop and the highly acclaimed Paperbark Cafe