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Pack a picnic blanket, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy a day of cherry-picking, a trip back in time on the steam train and a delicious Italian lunch. Finish off your day with rest on your picnic blanket in the park next to the station.

Top Family Experiences

How many ways are there for kids to have fun in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges? The answer is endless!

Trail courtesy of Yarra Ranges Tourism.

U-Pick Trail

Find yourself in an orchard this season.

Fruit always tastes better in the sunshine, under the very tree it grew on! Fill up your baskets with the freshest fruit of the season.

Trail courtesy of Yarra Ranges Tourism.

CherryHill Orchards


Pack a picnic blanket, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy a day of cherry-picking, a trip back in time on the steam train and a delicious Italian lunch. Finish off your day with rest on your picnic blanket in the park next to the station.

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9 am - Cherry picking at CherryHill Orchards, Wandin East

Start your family day out CherryHill Orchard in Wandin East. The orchard and shop are open every day through the cherry season, 9 am-5 pm (excluding Christmas Day). So why not pack a picnic, enjoy the fresh air and sunshine and have fun picking the biggest, sweetest tasting cherries straight from the tree. You'll never taste cherries fresher than that! 

11 am - Morning tea at Zest Cafe, Emerald

Zest Café is a place for people who love their great food and quality coffee served with a side of sustainability. Zest is owned by locals who love Emerald and are dedicated to supporting local producers. 

12.20 pm - 1 pm: Travel onboard Puffing Billy from Lakeside to Gembrook station

Escape the crowds and enjoy a family outing on this lesser-known part of Puffing Billy. Did you know that Puffing Billy crosses four historic timber bridges between Lakeside and Gembrook? Underway, the Railway skirts the northern boundary of the un-spoilt Wright State Forest, with large stands of Stringy Bark and other eucalypt trees. As the train climbs towards Gembrook, the lineside bush gives way to extensive views of rolling cultivated farmlands, where potatoes are still grown, and distant mountain range.

1 pm - 2.30 pm: Lunch at The Station House Pizzeria

Walking through the heritage town of Gembrook, smell the Italian aroma wafting through the air. The Station House Pizzeria offers a newly refurbished, fully licensed, 30 seat restaurant. Info and table bookings

2.45 pm - 3.20 pm: Travel onboard Puffing Billy from Gembrook to Lakeside station

3.20 pm - 4 pm: Emerald Lake Park

This park offers BBQ facilities and picnic tables, playground facilities, a wading pool and paddle boats for hire, and is the perfect spot for visitors with kids!

Station House Gembrook

Global Ballooning


Enjoy a romantic couples weekend in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, complete with hot air ballooning, dining on board a train, wine tasting, and Asian Fusion cuisine!

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7 pm Check in to Yering Gorge Cottages, Yering

Yering Gorge Cottages features 13 self-contained, beautifully appointed one, two and five-bedroom cottages. All cottages include separate living and bedroom areas, and guests can relax on their wide balcony watching the kangaroos graze, whilst enjoying a glass of local Yarra Valley wine.


Pre dawn - Balloon ride at Global Ballooning, Yarra Valley 

Join this spectacular floating experience by booking a specific flight date or purchase a gift voucher for a special occasion. Enjoy a truly remarkable experience of a sunrise hot air balloon flight with Global Ballooning Australia - a world-class experience.

9 am approx: Champagne breakfast at Balgownie Estate included in your ballooning ticket.

12.30 pm - 3.30 pm: Travel onboard the First Class Puffing Billy Steam & Cuisine Luncheon

Relax and unwind with a majestic three-hour steam train journey as you take in the scenic vista of the Dandenong Ranges. Indulge in a delicious seasonal three-course menu or Grazing Platter filled with a selection of cured meats, fine cheeses, and Devonshire Tea. All tickets include your selected meal, 2-hour train journey and 1-hour spare time at Emerald Lake Park.

4 pm - 6 pm: Explore the quaint village of Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges. 

6 pm - 8 pm: Enjoy Asian Fusion cuisine at Olinda Tea House 

Olinda Tea House is a modern yet incredibly relaxing Asian fusion restaurant, specialising in Devonshire tea, lunch and dinner al a carte menu, banquet menus, functions of all kinds, exquisite desserts and authentic oriental high teas.

8 pm: Take the 45-minute drive back to your accommodation at Yering Gorge Cottages


10 AM: Check out from Yering Gorge Cottages following breakfast in your cottage

10.30 am - 3 pm: Explore wineries, gin distilleries and points of interest in the Yarra Valley wine region before starting your journey home. 

Olinda Tea House

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