If you're looking to escape over the Melbourne Cup weekend, read on. Why not enjoy a relaxing time in the serenity of the Dandenong Ranges? Here's a list of places and events which will keep you entertained:
If you've got kids in the car and need to stop on the way, visit the Montrose Community Playground. There are many different activities including swings, climbing frames and playhouses. Stunning bush murals, painted by local community members, decorate the playground. It's also right near Hahndorf's Chocolate Shop if you need a sweet treat.
There is fun to be had at Montrose Community Playground.
Cup Day Fair Cnr of Falls and Mt. Dandenong Tourist Rd, Mt. Dandenong
St. Michaels Anglican Church in Kalorama hold their annual Cup Day Fair on Tuesday the 6th of November between 9am and 1pm. It's the perfect opportunity to find a treasure at the White Elephant Stall, take part in the silent auction and top up on your supply of jams and relishes.
The R J Hamer Arboretum hosts over 150 species of native and exotic plants. It's the perfect place for a quiet stroll on one of the many walking tracks. There are wonderful views out across the Yarra Valley. Dogs are allowed.
On the 3rd and 4th of November Mountains of Books, the annual book festival, will be held at the Ferny Creek Hall opposite Sherbrooke Forest. Hundreds of rare, used and out of print books will be on sale. Coffee, tea and snacks will also be available.