Looking for some summer holiday fun this School Holidays? Get the family together and discover fun activities in the Dandenong Ranges!

Kids stay free during school holidays at Valley Ranges Getaways

That's right, every school holidays, stay 2 nights or more at any of our family properties and the kids stay FREE! That's a saving of up to $200 in some of our properties which is more money to spend on the things that make going away fun. 

Just use the Code KIDSFREE when booking online or call 1300 48 84 48 and we'll do the rest. Sorry, but not to be used in conjunction with any other offer and only when booking direct.


Not available between 25 December 2018 - 1 January 2019

Ages: all ages
Cost: See website
Telephone: 1300 48 84 48
Web: https://www.vrgetaways.com.au/family-getaways-guide/
Email: bookings@vrgetaways.com.au
Valid: 15 December 2018 to 28 January 2019


Kids festival at SkyHigh Mt Dandenong

With Christmas out of the way and children with energy to burn it’s perfect for getting out, and SkyHigh Mt Dandenong is the place to be for great activities and fun for kids.

FREE Activities for the kids, GATE/MAZE fees apply!

Ages: all ages
Cost: See website
Telephone: 03 9751 0443
Web: https://visitdandenongranges.com.au/activity/skyhigh-mt-dandenong
Email: info@skyhighmtdandenong.com.au
Valid: 20 December 2018 to 28 January 2019


Take a ride on Puffing Billy

Discover the wonder and awe of steam train travel on the iconic Puffing Billy! 
Feel the excitement as you cross historical timber trestle bridges, and delight in the fresh air and the sound of the whistle echoing through the hills. Remember to wave to every passer-by and get ready to create memories of a special day on board Australia’s favourite steam train, Puffing Billy.

Ages: all ages
Cost: see website (family tickets available)
Telephone: 03  9757 0700
Web: https://puffingbilly.com.au/buy-tickets/
Email: info@pbr.org.au
Valid: All year round except Christmas Day


Hanging in the shade with Trees Adventures

Trees Adventure is Australia’s Number 1 Tree Ropes and Ziplining Experience. Discover exciting and challenging obstacle courses high up in the tree canopy, that will have all the family swinging, leaping, climbing and flying through the forest – allowing thrill seekers and nature enthusiasts to experience the trees like never before!

Sessions run for 2 hours (including training). After this, you will be able to choose where to start, either on low easy courses or test your nerves on something higher! With a variety of colour coded courses from 2m easy low courses up to 25m adrenaline pumping ones, anyone from 4 – 75+ years will able to hang around with us!

Bookings essential!
Ages: from 4 upwards
Cost: See website
Telephone: 03 9752 5354
Web: https://treesadventure.com.au/park/glen-harrow-park
Email: glenharrowpark@treesadventure.com.au
Valid: All year round except Christmas Day and New Year's Day


Live like it's 1881 at Mont de Lancey

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in the 1880s?
Go on a tour at Mont de Lancey and find out how you would manage without mains water, hot water, electricity, phone, car and many other conveniences we take for granted today.

Ages: all ages
Cost:  Adults $9.50 Concession $8.00 Children $3.00 Family $21.50
Telephone: 03 5964 2088
Web: https://www.montdelancey.org.au
Email: info@montdelancey.org.au
Valid: From 2 January 2019; closed Mondays & Tuesdays


Picnic in the cool gardens of Dandenong Ranges

Pack your favourite food into a picnic basket and go enjoy the wonderful parks and gardens in the Dandenong Ranges! 
Stroll along paths and down bush trails, breathe in the fresh air and try to guess which bird is singing.  You could 
visit a different park or garden each day of the holidays - your very own treasure hunt :-)  

Ages: all ages
Cost: Most parks & gardens are free; check website for details
Web: https://visitdandenongranges.com.au/activity/cool-climate-gardens-of-the-dandenong-ranges
Valid: Most are open all year round except Christmas Day


Catch your own fresh fish at Australian Rainbow Trout Farm

Take the family fishing in the gorgeous scenery of Macclesfield.  You don't have to be a fisher expert as the lovely folks at the Trout Farm will help you get set up and all you have to do sit down, relax and wait for the fish to bite!

Ages: all ages
Cost: Adults- $7.50 Children-$6.00(Under age 3 free) Pensioners-$6.50
Telephone: 03 5968 4711
Web: http://troutfarm.com.au
Email: troutfarm@bigpond.com
Valid: Open every day except Christmas Day


Feed the birds at Grants Picnic Grounds

Whether you’re visiting to feed the Rosellas, taking a bush walk, or enjoying a drink or a delicious meal, you know you’re in good hands at Grants on Sherbrooke.

TrailRider all-terrain wheelchairs are also available.  Experience the spectacular Cockatoos, Rosellas and Parrots as they fly in to say 'Hello'.

Ages: all ages
Cost: Free to enter; $4 for bird feed
Telephone: 03 9755 2888 
Web: http://www.grantsonsherbrooke.com.au
Email: cheryl@grantsonsherbrooke.com.au
Valid: Open every day except Christmas Day


Walk, run or ride the Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail

The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail is one of Australia’s iconic Rail Trails which meanders through the Yarra Valley between the Dandenong Ranges and the Great Dividing Ranges.

Ages: all ages
Cost: Free
Web: https://visitdandenongranges.com.au/activity/lilydale-warburton-rail-trail
Valid: Open every day


Top Family Experiences

Need to take a break with the family? Recharge in the clean air of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.  From up close and personal animals experiences and farm gates to walking and riding in amazing scenery through forest and native bush. 

Ages: all ages
Cost: See individual websites
Web: https://visitdandenongranges.com.au/top-family-experiences


Discover your favourite fruit on the U-Pick Trail

We all love the sweet juiciness of a perfectly ripe peach, the explosion in our mouths as that delicious cherry or strawberry bursts with the first bite. It’s a fact: fruit always tastes better in the sunshine, under the very tree it grew on.

Join us this Christmas School holidays and fill up your buckets and baskets with the freshest, most delicious produce of the season. Indulge in locally made ice-cream, cakes and other sources of family favourites after you’ve wandered the orchard rows. Pack the sunhat and sunscreen and enjoy a fabulous day in the country!

Ages: All ages 
Cost: See website 
Web: https://visitdandenongranges.com.au/activity/u-pick-trail


Children's Art Classes at Burrinja

Fun, creative classes empowering children to tap into inner creativity. Bookings essential.

Ages: Suitable for Ages 6-12. 5 year olds to be accompanied by a parent
Cost: $20 per child per class
Telephone: 0449 654 343
Web: https://www.burrinja.org.au/burrinja-whats-on/what-s-on-all-events
Email: bevpergl@hotmail.com
Valid: 15 January - 23 January 2019


Cameo Outdoor Cinema

This summer, join Cameo Cinema for a season of the latest blockbusters, alongside a series of retro favourites, in the natural splendour of Cameo’s Outdoor Cinema.

Ages: All ages 
Cost: From $19.50 
Phone: 03 9754 7844
Web: https://www.cameocinemas.com.au
Valid: Every day except Christmas Day



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