Villages and towns of the Dandenong Ranges

Belgrave

Belgrave signpost, Dandenong Ranges
Take a journey on a steam train from Belgrave or visit the eateries, gift shops and the historic Cameo Cinema, all set against a forest backdrop.

Cockatoo

Cockatoo, Visit Dandenong Ranges
Cockatoo, originally named Cockatoo Creek, was first settled in the 1870s by gold prospectors and timber merchants.

Emerald

Emerald Lake is a stunning little village that is brimming with country charm and wonderful hospitality.

Gembrook

Gembrook, Visit Dandenong Ranges
Tucked in to the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, just one hour's drive from Melbourne, you will find Gembrook

Kallista

Kallista is a small and pretty village located in the mountain forests of the Dandenong Ranges.

Kalorama

Kalorama Memorial Reserve - Dandenong Ranges
Kalorama is a small, scenic village perched atop the Dandenong Ranges 40 km east of Melbourne on the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road.

Lilydale

Lilydale a the gateway to both the Dandenong Ranges and the Yarra Valley

Menzies Creek

Menzies Creek, Visit Dandenong Ranges
Menzies Creek is a rural township in the Dandenong Ranges and 5km east of Belgrave. It lies within the Menzies Creek Valley and is one of the most scenic valleys with steeply sloping land with lush pasture, tall Mountain Ash trees and native vegetation.

Monbulk

Monbulk is a scenic suburb of Melbourne, heading towards the Dandenong Ranges.

Montrose

Montrose is a thriving township situated at the start of the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road.

Mount Dandenong

The village of Mount Dandenong is a popular destinations for day-trippers, offering a cosy café culture, specialty shops and beautiful accommodation.

Mount Evelyn

Located less than an hour from Melbourne and right in the heart of the Yarra Valley and the Dandenongs, the village of Mount Evelyn is a hidden gem which has much to offer visitors including stunning views of mountains and valleys.

Olinda

From cooking spices to homewares, hand-crafted jewellery, fashion and old fashioned sweets – you can spend hours browsing Olinda’s stores and boutiques for treasures.

Sassafras

The village of Sassafras, just over an hour's drive from Melbourne, is a popular destination for day-trippers. Offering a cosy cafe culture, amazing scenery and beautiful national parks, there is sure to be something to please.

Selby

Selby, Visit Dandenong Ranges
The township of Selby was developed in conjunction with Menzies Creek after the narrow-gauge railway was built from Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook in 1904.

Silvan

Silvan is home to some of the best quality fruits in Australia as well as the Tesselaar Tulip Festival.

Tecoma

Tecoma, Visit Dandenong Ranges
Tecoma is a small suburb, nestled between Belgrave and Upwey, in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges. It adjoins Sherbrooke Forest and was named after the shrub ‘Tecoma’ that grew in the area.

The Basin

The Basin, Visit Dandenong Ranges
The charming village of The Basin is nestled in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, just 31km east of Melbourne CBD.

Upper Ferntree Gully

Upper Ferntree Gully, Visit Dandenong Ranges
Upper Ferntree Gully, in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, was a farming area in the early 1930’s and popular spot for holiday-makers staying overnight in boarding houses and cottages.

Upwey

Upwey, Visit Dandenong Ranges
Upwey is a thriving community of over 6,800 residents. The Main Street boasts a wide variety of shops and services, with a traditional community village atmosphere, just 32km east of Melbourne.