Our partners

Puffing Billy is proud to work with tourism businesses in our local community.

Our valued partners provide you with places to STAY, DO and EAT in conjunction with your visit to Puffing Billy.

Places to stay

1000 reasons B&B

1000 Reasons B&B is a luxury two bedroom self contained cottage located at Ferny Creek in the beautiful
Dandenong Ranges. It is perfectly catered for couples, families or small group getaways for up to four adults.

LOCATION | Ferny Creek

ibis Glen Waverley

Relax with stylish, convenient & affordable accommodation at ibis Melbourne Glen Waverley. The hotel offers an ideal location close to Melbourne CBD, Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley.

LOCATION | Glen Waverley

Mural House Olinda

This unique house has touches of mid-century style. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a stunning view of the lush garden and wildlife outside. It's the perfect place to try something new, drawing, painting, or sketching, plenty of stunning books to peruse.


PineHill Caravan Park

Lilydale Pine Hill Caravan Park is central to Victoria’s famous Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges. Choose a cabin to suit, ensuite or drive thru site for your RV’s, or large rig. Powered and unpowered sites to compliment your budget.

LOCATION | Lilydale

Yering Gorge Cottages

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.

LOCATION | Yering (Yarra Valley)

Where to eat

Bam Bam Italian

A modern, all-day Italian bistro, Bam Bam Italian is friendly, and bustling – celebrating fresh, seasonal Italian fare and vibrant hospitality in the Dandenongs.

LOCATION | Avonsleigh

Cognoscenti Food & Wine

A cosy neighbourhood restaurant nestled in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges, located next door to the historic Cameo Cinema and 5 minutes' walk from Puffing Billy's Belgrave station.
LOCATION | Belgrave

The General Food Store

Serving well-crafted rustic food, you will enjoy anything from waffles, eggs and sides, hearty salads, braises, tasty burgers, and fresh baguettes.

LOCATION | Emerald

Incy Wincy

Incy Wincy is a seasonal grab-and-go cafe hatch, featuring coffee, smoothies, fresh juices, sandwiches, salad bowls, pies, and sausage rolls.

LOCATION | Emerald

Micawber Tavern

Set on the edge of the majestic Sherbrooke Forest, the Micawber Tavern is the perfect destination for lunch and dinner throughout the year.


Paradise Valley Hotel

Be seated on the enclosed bistro deck, where we boast an immaculate view of the historic steam train as it passes by.


Things to do

Blue Lotus Water Garden

The Blue Lotus Water Garden is one of Australia's premier seasonal gardens. Visitors will get to experience one of the world’s most magnificent displays of spectacular lotus flowers and many other exotic blooms. The Water Garden is open from late December to late April every year.

LOCATION | Yarra Junction

COG Bikes Australia

Hire a bike from COG Bikes Australia's bike hire hub at Puffing Billy's Lakeside Station!

LOCATION | Lakeside station, Emerald

Global Ballooning Australia

Experience a birds-eye view of the bustling Melbourne CBD or the picturesque Yarra Valley with a sunrise hot air balloon flight.

LOCATION | Yarra Valley and Melbourne CBD

Killik Handcrafted Rum & Gininfinity

Killik Handcrafted Rum & Ginfinity are a pair of unique craft distilleries, one focused on funky HOGO rum and the other on unique craft gins.

LOCATION | Belgrave

Lakeside Paddleboats

Lakeside Paddleboats are located within the picturesque Emerald Lake Park and operate on the safe waters of Emerald Lake (also known as Lake Treganowan).

LOCATION | Emerald Lake Park

The Orchard at Montague

Unlike any of the apple orchards in Victoria, the Orchard at Montague provides a memorable and fun experience with family and friends just 35 kilometres from Melbourne.

LOCATION | Narre Warren North

Warratina Lavender Farm

Enjoy the tranquil surroundings of this family run 5-acre lavender farm, an hour’s drive from Melbourne at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, in the beautiful Yarra Valley.

LOCATION | Wandin North

What's on

What's on this weekend

Find out what's on in the Yarra Valley & the Dandenong Ranges!

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges Events Calendar

See the full list of upcoming events in the Dandenong Ranges.

Local villages

Anzac Walk - Emerald Township

Wander along the Anzac Walk next to Puffing Billy, and listen to the audio trail to hear the stories of the 32 diggers and how they lost their lives.

Eastern Dandenong Ranges

Get lost up in the hills of the Eastern Dandenong Ranges and beyond!

family experiences

Recharge in the clean air of our region with up close and personal animals experiences, farm gates, walking and riding in amazing scenery.