Top things to do

Top Choice Cafe in The Dandenongs

Piggery Cafe

Set over 23 acres on the 1920s Burnham Beeches estate is this venture by celebrity chef Shannon Bennett. What was a former piggery is now a trendy open-plan cafe-restaurant with chargrilled barbecue dishes, kitchen …
National Park in The Dandenongs

Dandenong Ranges National Park

This national park contains the four largest areas of remaining forest in the Dandenongs. The Ferntree Gully Area has several short walks, including the popular 1000 Steps up to One Tree Hill Picnic Ground, two hour…
Viewpoint in The Dandenongs

SkyHigh Mt Dandenong

Drive up to SkyHigh for amazing views over Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay from the highest point in the Dandenongs. The view of the city lights at dusk is spectacular. There’s a cafe-restaurant, a garden, picnic are…
Teahouse in The Dandenongs

Miss Marple's Tearoom

This quaint English tearoom, inspired by the Agatha Christie character, comes with floral tablecloths, Devonshire scones ($9.50 for two) and sticky toffee pudding, as well as lunch mains. It's wildly popular on week…
Pizza in The Dandenongs

Dudley's

Named after a former UK wrestler (the father of one of the owners), Dudley's does great wood-fired thin-crust pizzas served on its perfect people-watching terrace along Olinda’s main strip. Live music is a regular f…
Gardens in The Dandenongs

William Ricketts Sanctuary

This ferny garden features William Ricketts’ sculptures of Aboriginal people, inspired by years spent living among them. You can also see his log cottage and gallery. There's an audio guide ($5) from the info office…
Cinema in The Dandenongs

Cameo Cinema

The Cameo is a beautifully restored cinema that has kept its old-fashioned grace. See art-house, new-release and golden oldie flicks on one of its six screens. It also screens films outdoors in its garden.
Gardens in The Dandenongs

National Rhododendron Gardens

Giant eucalypts tower over shady lawns and brilliant flowerbeds at these gardens with over 15,000 rhododendrons and 12,000 azaleas. The best time to see the rhododendrons is September to November.
Pub Food in The Dandenongs

Pig & Whistle Tavern

This English-style pub has a cosy dining room in which to enjoy the hearty meals, and has Old Speckled Hen and Fullers London Pride ales on tap, along with a great choice of local craft beers.
Modern Australian in The Dandenongs

Woods Sherbrooke

Hidden in the hills at Sherbrooke, this is a great casual cafe by day and a serious Mod Asian restaurant with Thai and Indian influences by night.