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    Day Trips

    Family Day | Dandenong Ranges

    Pack a picnic blanket, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy a day of fruit 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.

    Duration: 1 DAY

    Day out | for the early birds

    Be up before the sun and rise above the clouds in a hot air balloon. Grab some caffeine before travelling over the hill, down the valley and into the forest on board a century-old steam train. Sample South Indian Street food before finishing off your day at a hidden gem in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne.

    Duration: 1 DAY

    Weekends away

    Family weekend | Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley

    Stay at cosy, self-contained accommodation. Get up close and personal with native Australian animals in natural surrounds. Pick and eat the freshest fruits you will ever try. Jump on board for a century-old steam train ride through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges and enjoy a refreshing ice cream.

    Duration: 3 DAYS

    Couples' weekend | Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley

    Check in to your self-contained, beautifully appointed cottage and relax on your wide balcony watching the kangaroos graze. Rise before dawn to take to the skies on board a hot air balloon before travelling in style on board Puffing Billy's dining carriages. Sample Asian cuisine, magnificent wine, gin, cheese and chocolate in Yarra Valley.

    Duration: 3 DAYS

    Couples' weekend | Dandenong Ranges

    Stay at a romantic retreat for two, complete with double spa, views, and a gas log fire. Sample cuisine from Asia and South America and travel in style on board Puffing Billy's luxurious dining carriages. Dine at an iconic venue owned by a celebrity chef and soak up the fresh air of the Dandenong Ranges' gardens and villages.

    Duration: 3 DAYS

    Weekend away | With the girls

    Head off for some much needed time with your girlfriends. We have just the ticket for a one of a kind escape! From rustic eateries and unique Murder Mystery to a day of sampling wine and gin in the Yarra Valley - all within an hour's drive from Melbourne.

    Duration: 2 DAYS