Cool rainforest, deep blue skies, elegant views and a healthy dose of mountain-top villages, the Dandenong Ranges is the perfect place to get inspired and become one with nature. Wander the paths of William Ricketts sanctuary, get lost in the gardens of Cloudehill or get a taste of the Dandenongs at Sherbrooke Art Society. The region offers plenty of options for the modern day Vincent Van Gogh. So what are you waiting for? Get away from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne and discover your art trail to the Dandenong Ranges.

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Yarra Ranges Regional Museum

This place is a local institution of modern art and pop culture. Find yourself taking part in one of many programs, discover various exhibition spaces or spend an afternoon as a bookworm immersed in rich literature at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum. This hidden gem has programs and exhibitions that bring art, artefacts and eye-opening stories to life.

Days: Open 7 Days

Hours: 10am - 4pm

Cost: Free

Cloudehill

As the locals say: ‘If you think you’ve seen everything, you haven’t been to Cloudehill’. First pioneered in 1890, Cloudehill Gardens has ventured from old-growth eucalyptus trees, a garden nursery, right through to what it is today - an iconic and thriving art garden. Walk the awe-inspiring gardens discovering the scattered sculptures found in this truly remarkable setting. Cloudehill is must-visit location for anyone wanting to escape the busyness of the Melbourne grind.

Days: Open 7 Days

Hours: 9am - 5pm

Cost: $10 (Children - Free Entry)

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William Ricketts Sanctuary

 Situated on Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a stunning sanctuary that boasts unique hand sculptures in tranquil rainforest with sealed footpaths. Walk the sanctuary while being welcomed by the sound of rosellas and unseen animal wildlife. Discover William Ricketts face embodied in numerous sculptures - a testimony to the inspiration, beauty and community that Ricketts shared with the local Aboriginal people.

Days: Open 7 Days

Hours: 10am - 4:30pm

Cost: Free

Burrinja Cultural Centre

Set in Upway at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Burrinja is a vibrant cultural centre that showcases local art and touring exhibitions. Be inspired by the various art exhibitions, moved by dramatic live theatre performances and unwind listening to live music from touring musicians. On the days you are just wanting creative downtime for the soul. Escape to Burrinja and get those ideas flowing with a cup of caffeine from Burrinja’s Skylark Room.

Days: Open 7 Days

Hours: 10am - 4pm

Cost: Free

Sherbrooke Art Society

Don’t drive past Belgrave on the Dandenong Ranges without making a visit to Sherbrooke Art Society. Close to Grant’s Picnic Ground, this cute restored art gallery houses some unique art pieces from both local and international artists. Spend hours looking at the stunning textures of colour palettes found within the wall art, roll your sleeves up and take part in a workshop, or for the aspiring artist out there - Ask how you can exhibit your own masterpieces. Sherbrooke Art Society is definitely one spot to add to your Art Trail to the Dandenong Ranges.

Days: Open 6 Days (Closed Tuesday)

Hours: 11am - 4pm

Cost: Free

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If you love what you see and are keen to take home a few pieces of inspiration for the home, be sure to drop into Touchstone Craft Gallery, Seven Pages, Mangana Olinda, Smits and Bits and Kuranga Native Nursery - our top picks to arts and crafts shopping on the Dandenong Ranges.

For those wanting to go deeper into their Art Trail to the Dandenong Ranges or Yarra Valley - Download the Art Lives Here Trail here.

 

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