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We encourage you to visit the websites and social media channels of the businesses listed in this itinerary for information about their current opening hours and circumstances.

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.

Day 1

Afternoon / evening

Check in to The Gallery Olinda Bed & Breakfast, a contemporary, romantic retreat for two, nestled in 1 ½ acres of old Hills gardens in Olinda. Unwind in the double spa, enjoy views out over the gardens and then snuggle up in front of the no-fuss, Coonara gas log fire.

Enjoy dinner from the nearby Olinda Tea House, a modern yet incredibly relaxing Asian fusion restaurant. Taking a modern spin on Chinese cuisine, it offer unique high-quality dishes and exquisite desserts.

The Gallery Olinda B&B
The Gallery Olinda B&B

Melbourne CBD to The Gallery Olinda | approx. 1 hour drive

The Gallery Olinda to Olinda Tea House | 5 minute drive

Day 2

Morning

The Gallery Olinda provides all the ingredients for a relaxed breakfast at your own pace - including home-baked bread!

Afterwards, spend the morning exploring the nearby cafes, restaurants and shops of Olinda, Mt Dandenong and Sassafras.

Couple on board Puffing Billy's Steam & Cuisine Luncheon
Couple on board Puffing Billy's Steam & Cuisine Luncheon

Afternoon

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.

Evening

Ten minutes from your accommodation you'll find The Piggery, a rustic, hearty and family-friendly eatery, built upon the philosophy of farm-to-table food. With a seasonally rotating menu, food at the Piggery is wholesome, uncomplicated and celebrates the very best of Australian ingredients.

The rustic interior is spacious and accommodating, featuring a bustling takeaway counter of freshly baked goods from our next-door neighbour, Burnham Bakery - a fully organic and biodynamic bakehouse.

The Gallery Olinda to Puffing Billy | approx. 15 minute drive

Yarra Valley to Puffing Billy's Belgrave station | approx. 50 minute drive

Puffing Billy to The Piggery | 15 minute drive

The Piggery to The Gallery Olinda | approx. 10 minute drive

Day 3

Morning

Check out from The Gallery Olinda following breakfast.

Head to the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden and wander through these lush surrounds.

The Independent Gembrook
The Independent Gembrook

Afternoon

Make your way to Main Street Gembrook, where a modest door leads to a spacious dining room with an open kitchen and sounds of tango.

You'll find a heritage-listed building that was once a motor garage and is the setting for chef-patron Mauro Callegari’s modern Argentinian restaurant The Independent. His Argentinian, French and Italian roots are exemplified in his menu, and local, Argentinian and rest of the world wines can be found on the beverage list. There is a garden courtyard to enjoy tapas and cocktails.

The Gallery Olinda to Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden | approx. 5 minute drive

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden to The Independent | approx. 35 minute drive

The Independent to Melbourne CBD | approx. 1 hour and 15 minute drive

Map of itinerary inclusions

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