Dandenong Ranges Shuttle Bus - get to the Rone EMPIRE exhibition

A Dandenong Ranges shuttle bus service to the Rone EMPIRE Exhibition will be offered on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the duration of the exhibiton for prepaid ticket holders only between 7 March – 22 April 2019.

There are many ways to make your way to Empire by Rone. Public transport is a great option and you can catch the Belgrave train from Melbourne and then take advantage of our regular private Dandeong Ranges shuttle service that loops between Belgrave station, Burnham Beeches (Rone) and Sassafras. Leave the car at home, or at your accommodation, and take the easy way.  

A little stroll in a magical garden  – the highly instagrammable Alfred Nicholas Gardens are superb at this time of year – is highly recomended and you'll want to make time to enjoy a coffee and meal at The Piggery Café and explore the many other attractions in the villages close at hand.  Sassafras is the home to many shops and cafes that are a must-do while in the area including Daisy Boot BooksGeppetto's WorkshopProserpina Bakehouse , Miss Marple's Tea RoomsTea Leaves, and Ripe Cafe. In Belgrave, satisfy your craving for Southern Indian street food at the delicious destination that is Babaji's Kitchen.

The Dandenong Ranges shuttle will provide a regular service (see below for times) and you may catch a return shuttle when convenient. We cannot, however, guarantee a seat on the last shuttle of the day so please take advantage of earlier services. 

Cost: $5 for return shuttle to RONE Exhibition

  • A wristband will be issued on payment which must be worn for trips both ways.
  • Payment is due at time of boarding shuttle. Only Tap’N’Go payments (Square - debit card/credit card) will be accepted.
  • No refunds will be issued for unused portions of trip.
  • Please plan to arrive earlier than your allocated session time.
  • Please read ‘The Details’ for terms and conditions below.

Route: Belgrave Train Station – RONE (Burnham Beeches) – Sassafras – RONE (Burnham Beeches) – Belgrave Train Station

DEPARTURE TIMES:  

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

Depart Belgrave Train Station for Burnham Beeches - Every hour on the half hour

Thursday to Sunday - 8.30am, 9.30am, 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm plus Thursday to Saturday -  6.30pm, 7.30pm

Depart Burnham Beeches for Sassafras - every hour at 10 minutes to the hour

Thursday to Sunday - 8.50am, 9.50am, 10.50am, 11.50am, 12.50pm, 1.50pm, 2.50pm, 3.50pm, 4.50pm, 5.50pm plus Thursday to Saturday - 6.50pm, 7.50pm

Depart Sassafras for Burnham Beeches – Every hour on the hour 

Thursday to Sunday - 9am, 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm plus Thursday to Saturday -  7pm, 8pm

Depart Burnham Beeches for Belgrave Train Station – every hour at 10 minutes after the hour 

Thursday to Sunday - 9.10am, 10.10am, 11.10am, 12.10pm, 1.10pm, 2.10pm, 3.10pm, 4.10pm, 5.10pm, 6.10pm plus Thursday to Saturday - 7.10pm, 8.10pm, 8.45pm                                                    

  • Note the first shuttle of the day will not have passengers embarking at Sassafras to arrive at Burnham Beeches in time for a 9am start. Please allow for this accordingly.
  • On Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays, the last departure from Burnham Beeches will be 8.45pm
  • On Sunday the last departure from Burnham Beeches will be 6.10pm 

Shuttle Bus: The shuttle service will be provided by Yarra Valley A2B (for Yarra Ranges Tourism). Look for a mini bus with THE YARRA VALLEY A2B LOGO. A Rone Shuttle sign will be visible in the front window. 

The maximum seating capacity of the shuttle bus is 11 passengers.

DEPARTURE ZONES:

            Belgrave Train Station – At 10 minute pickup zone in front of station

            Burnham Beeches – In main exhibition carpark

            Sassafras – In bus pull over zone on Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, opposite Miss Marple’s Tearoom 

Pick up and drop off points are same.

Shuttle contact: 0455 041 051

THE DETAILS: 

Terms and Conditions

Allocated seating cannot be provided – transit is offered on a ‘first in, first on’ basis. 

Please queue in an orderly line for shuttle.

Allow up to 30 minutes wait time for shuttle in your travel plans.

Shuttle only available for Exhibition attendees – one trip each way – depart and embark points must be the same.

It is not possible for operator to carry/handle luggage.

Wristbands will be issued on payment and must be worn on outbound and inbound trips.

Wristbands valid only on day of purchase

The wearing of seatbelts is required. 

Scheduled times are a guide only and passengers are advised to allow for some variation in the timetable when planning their journey.

Directions of the shuttle operator must be followed.

Neither Yarra Ranges Tourism or its service providers will be liable for attendees missing or arriving late to session times. 

Passengers responsible for personal belongings.

Passengers bear the responsibly to board the last bus of the day.

Accessibility – There is space on the bus for the storage of wheel chairs or walkers; however, passengers will require some mobility to enter and exit bus.

OTHER PUBLIC TRANSPORT OPTIONS

FROM BELGRAVE

A public bus 694 departs regularly from Belgrave Station and has a transit time of 17 minutes to Burnham Beeches. 

Catch the train via the Belgrave line to Belgrave + Bus 694 (Mt Dandenong) to Nobles Lane - a short distance from the venue, and a lovely 6min walk along a path past Alfred Nicholas Gardens, amongst the Sherbrooke Forest. Please note Bus 694 does not run up the hill on Sundays.  (myki service)

(Alternative - Sunday bus route goes from Belgrave station via Upper Ferntree Gully to Burnham Beeches an approx. 1 hour trip)

FROM SASSAFRAS/OLINDA

Public transport from the township of Sassafras is also available via bus 694, with a transit time of 13 minutes between pickup at Sassafras Primary School stop to Burnham Beeches. (myki service).

For more information se the PT website: https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au