Your Mid-Week Mini-Break is less than an hour from Melbourne.

Less than an hour from Melbourne, the Dandenong Ranges is a whole life experience away, offering breathtaking scenery, romantic hideaways and indulgent adventures.

The Dandenong Ranges is a haven of hidden delights with scenic winding roads to quaint hilltop villages. There is an abundance of artist studios, craft stores and renowned gardens to explore as well as walking and cycling trails through mountain ash forests and clean, refreshing air.

Find Your Self

Check out a list of prizes below! Winners will be drawn weekly over four weeks. Listen to Smooth FM for your chance to win! 

Valley Ranges Getaways

With exclusive private houses and cosy cottages to suit every occasion, budget and taste, Valley Ranges Getaways has your perfect hills hideaway sorted.

As part of the Smooth FM weekly competition, Valley Ranges Getaways will be providing 2 nights free accommodation in either of the following accommodation options (valued at $700).

The Blackwood, Sassafras


Situated in the heart of the Sassafras village, yet hidden in a private location overlooking the Sassafras Creek Gully, The Blackwood is a haven from city life. This elegant one bedroom villa combines a superb, classically designed interior with state of the art technology.

Villa d'Amour

Mt Dandenong

Step inside to the quiet calm oasis. The sumptuous furnishings and decadent decor will have you intrigued as you explore this delightful piece of French paradise nestled within the Dandenong Ranges.

Misty Woods


Situated closely to the village of Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges, this is a house on the edge of a forest. Privacy, forest views, sunsets to dream by, walks to enjoy.

White Gates


A petite hideaway for two nestled away on a treed block, this is a very special cottage. Watch the white draught horse munching away in the paddock where the geese wander through the daffodils or stroll down to Olinda Falls.

Coonara Springs


Established in 1893, Coonara Springs is one of the oldest restaurants in the Dandenong Ranges offering an elegant and unique dining experience. Relax by the open fires with tea or coffee after dessert and soak up the history of the iconic Coonara Springs.

Win a 3-course dinner along with a house wine (valued at $115).

The Independent Restaurant and Bar


Featuring a menu inspired by the seasons, the best local ingredients and Argentinean heritage. Find out why the locals are talking about The Independent. Taste the passion of flavours influenced by Spain and Italy mixed with a hint of Creole and North African flavours.

Win a dinner for two along with four matching beverages (valued at $208).  

It's closer than you think

Burnham Beeches, The Piggery Cafe


Warm and rustic, the Piggery Cafe is unsurprisingly housed in a restored piggery and stables at Burnham Beeches, an Art Moderne mansion and estate in the Dandenong Ranges. The cafe serves sophisticated comfort food with sustainability slant. Produce is carefully sourced: free-range pork, line-caught seafood, Five Senses Coffee, veggies from the estate garden. Add Shannon Bennett for culinary clout and you've really got something to snout about.

Win the opportunity to enjoy a picnic hamper along with a Top Picnic Spot Trail Map. This little piggery is hot to trotter!

Puffing Billy


Toot Toot! Jump on board Australia’s favourite steam train the Puffing Billy. This country old steam train is still running on its original 25-kilometre mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook, venturing through beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.

Win a Steam and Cuisine Luncheon for two (valued at $197) and chug your way across the Dandenong Ranges in style.



A must see garden made at the top of The Dandenongs where a maze of stone walls and jewel-like garden rooms are set within woodlands of magnificent and historic, cool climate trees.

Win a double pass (valued at $20) and discover the beauty of these gardens.

Burrinja Art Gallery


Burrinja is a vibrant community cultural centre in the Dandenong Ranges with a clear, creative and community-based vision for the region: Building Community through Arts.

The centre encompasses multiple gallery spaces and artists’ studios, a world-class collection of Indigenous and oceanic art, 400 seat theatre, black box space, kids ‘stay and play’ art activities, rehearsal, making and meeting spaces, community cultural development projects, museum collection management, live music, Indigenous cultural garden and The Skylark Room Cafe & Bar.

Win a complimentary coffee and cake in the famous Skylark Room. Once your buzzing from caffeine, explore the art hotspots of the region by downloading the Art Lives Here Trail!

Balance Mountain Day Spa


Located in the heart of Mount Dandenong, Balance Therapies is a holistic day spa offering a range of massage and day spa treatments including; remedial to relaxation massage, body treatments, facials, beauty treatments, waxing, tinting, manicures and pedicures, day spa pampering packages, hydrotherapy spa, naturopathy and yoga.

Win the opportunity to pamper yourself with a Day Spa Voucher (valued at $100). 

Villages of the Dandenong Ranges

Dandenong Ranges

Follow the scenic winding roads and discover the wonderful villages and communities scattered amongst the trees in the hills of the Dandenong Ranges. Wide cobbled footpaths and carefully curated window displays run either side of the streets. Dappled light filtered through the windows in tucked away artist studios. Sip tea in a quaint tearoom or indulge in a latte in front of a crackling fire. Fossick through the antique and craft stores and maybe even find the old record or the china plate you've been on the hunt for.

Win a Shopping Voucher (valued at $100) to be used with our selected partners in the villages of the Dandenong Ranges. Unwind, relax and take your time.

Midweek mini break ideas

Trail Itineraries

Looking for activities to do on the Dandenong Ranges? Look no further as we have a trail for just about everyone and anyone wanting to get away mid-week.



Terms and Conditions: Prizes to be used during a midweek visit (Wednesday & Thursday). Prizes is valid until 31 March 2017.