Dandenong Ranges


Families live busy lives, so taking time away with the family, even if it's just a couple of nights, is a great way to unwind and reconnect. Let the kids forget about gaming and YouTube for a while and get into some nature play. The Dandenong Ranges have attractions that will spark their imagination and restaurants with kids menus that they will love, and you'll love our amazing houses that are perfect for families. So what are you waiting for?

  • SkyHigh Maze

SkyHigh Mt Dandenong

Mt Dandenong | Gate Fees of $7 Per Car Apply
Come and enjoy the view from The Giants Chair, wander the gardens, explore the carved trees or take on the Maze. The Maze is open from 11am - 5pm Sat & Sun and 12pm - 4pm weekdays and is $7 adults, $5 under 12's and $18 for 2 adults and 2 kids.

  • School Holiday Program at SkyHigh

School Holiday Programme at SkyHigh

Every Spring & Autumn School Holdiays, come to SkyHigh and enjoy free children's activites. Meet animals up close, take part in treasure hunts, enjoy a pony ride some music or mini golf. The activities and games change every day, so check the daily activities and times. All activities are free but there is a gate fee of $7 per car.

  • Puffing Billy Steam Train

A Ride on Puffing Billy Steam Train

Belgrave | Running Daily | See website for timetable
Kids just love a genuine Steam Train. Puffing Billy travels through the magnificent forests and fern gullies from Belgrave to Gembrook. Buy your tickets online, beat the queues and enjoy one of Melbourne's best activities for kids! And don't forget A Day out with Thomas every Spring and Autumn. With special discounted family fares and up to six trains running daily, there’s plenty of opportunity for a family-fun day out!

  • Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville Sanctuary

Healesville | Daily 9am to 5pm
The kids will love a visit to the Healesville Sanctuary where they can interact with native Australian wildlife. There are lots of special displays and events over the school holidays to make sure it's a great experience for the kids. We have a special family package when you stay with us.

  • Tractor Tours at Rayners Orchard

Tractor Tours at Rayners Orchard

Woori Yallock | Daily 9am to 5pm
Take a tractor tour through the orchards, eating fruit as you go, the kids will love it. There is also an old tractor that the kids can sit on to have their photo taken. Maybe try a fruit bottling workshop together and take some fruit home. We have a special family package when you stay with us.

  • Trees Adventure

Trees Adventure

Belgrave | Open Daily | 2 hour sessions
If you are a family that likes a thrill, then weaving through the canopy of some of the world’s rarest trees might be for you. Especially good for the older kids but they also have courses that are suitable for 4 - 75+ year olds! We have a special family package when you stay with us.

  • Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

FREE | Yarra Glen | Daily 9am to 5pm
What's not to love! Free entry, free tastings, Chocolatiers to watch at work plus hundreds of chocolate creations to marvel at. Grab an artisan ice cream and explore and play in the acres of landscaped grounds, wetlands and sculptures. There are also Junior Chocolate Classes!

  • Burrinja Kids - Stay and Play

Burrinja Kids - Stay and Play

FREE | Upwey | Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm
A great way to get the kids engaged with art. A quarterly rotation of family focused activities inspired by the Burrinja main gallery exhibition program will be made available in the Burrinja foyer. The activities are hands on and are designed to ignite the imagination and creativity of budding young artists.

  • Seville Water Play Park

Seville Water Play Park

FREE | Seville | Daily 8am to 9pm
Located next to the Seville Recreation Reserve, the park has water activities for all ages, with the jets activated every day between 8am and 9pm. Water jets are turned on in the warmer months each year from October to early April. The park also has plenty of open space, shade areas and a playground for a great day out.

  • Motorist Museum

Motorist Museum

Gembrook | Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 3pm
If your kids are interested in old cars then the Motorist Collection & Museum is well worth a visit. It is a small but really interesting private collection of vintage and classic cars, motorcycles, machinery and associated memorabilia. Opening times can vary so it's worth calling ahead on 0411 465 098. Adults $5, Kids $2 Family $10.

  • Blue Lotus Gardens

Blue Lotus Water Garden

Yarra Junction | Daily 27th December - 15th April
The gardens feature thousands of exotic and natives like waterlilies, lotus & other rare plants. The kids will love the fairy garden and there is also a little kids play area and garden spotto game where every kids gets a reward when they finish. On weekends and public holidays between 12pm - 2pm, enjoy face painting and story telling in the Fairy Garden.

  • Geppettos Workshop Sassafras and Olinda

Geppetto's Workshop

FREE | Sassafras & Olinda | Daily 10am - 5pm
The kids will just love dropping into Geppetto's Workshop and seeing the amazing array of toys that you won't see anywhere else. Guarateed to bring out the child in everyone. Maybe you can spend some of the money you saved staying with us!

  • Fishing at the Australian Trout Farm

Fishing at the Australian Trout Farm

Macclesfield | Daily 10am - 5pm
If fishing is your family passion or you want to give it a go, then the Trout Farm is a great day out. Catch a variety of species, Rainbow Trout, Golden Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout and Atlantic Salmon. There is also a playground, mini golf and picnic grounds with BBQ’s.

  • Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead

Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead

Wandin North | Wednesday to Sunday 10am - 4pm
Treat the kids to a bit of history at Mont De Lancey and see how the local residents used to live. There old household items, engineering equipment, agricultural gear and more. You can even catch live blacksmithing on Sundays.

  • Paddleboats at Emerald Lake Park
  • Model Railway at Emerald Lake Park
  • Puffing Billy at Emerald Lake Park
  • Pool at Emerald Lake Park

Emerald Lake Park

Emerald | Open Daily 9am to 4pm and later during summer
Ride the paddleboats, wade in the pool, watch Puffing Billy Steam Train fill up with water, see the model railway exhibition or just take a stroll. Plenty to do for the kids at Emerald Park Lake.

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