Joanne's Guidebook

Joanne
Joanne's Guidebook

Animal sanctuary

You can see Australian wild life and find out about programs to help it thrive. Picnic places and cafes, bird shows and more.
Great place for a family or couple, take a picnic and make a day of it.
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Healesville Sanctuary
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Great place for a family or couple, take a picnic and make a day of it.
Lovely place for a wander, lunch, browsing shops and enjoying the traditional scenery.
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Sassafras
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Lovely place for a wander, lunch, browsing shops and enjoying the traditional scenery.

Sightseeing

A must do ride for all the family.
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Puffing Billy Railway
1 Old Monbulk Rd
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A must do ride for all the family.
Really beautiful place for walks, bike rides, picnics.
Lysterfield Lake
Really beautiful place for walks, bike rides, picnics.
If you want to see mobs of Kangaroos and emus wandering in their natural habitat or take a walk around the edge of the impressively huge reservoir this is a must to visit. Free entry and free parking.
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Cardinia Reservoir Park
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If you want to see mobs of Kangaroos and emus wandering in their natural habitat or take a walk around the edge of the impressively huge reservoir this is a must to visit. Free entry and free parking.
A historic and fun place to challenge yourself, see the wildlife and great views.
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1000 Steps Carpark
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A historic and fun place to challenge yourself, see the wildlife and great views.
Mount Dandenong Observatory
26 Observatory Rd
A local landmark
Horse lovers must see. The main equestrian centre for Victoria. Weekends offer free viewings of show jumping and other horse events.
Victorian Equestrian Centre
76 Beaconsfield-Emerald Road
Horse lovers must see. The main equestrian centre for Victoria. Weekends offer free viewings of show jumping and other horse events.
Beautiful for kayaking, swimming and relaxing.
Lake Aura Vale
Beautiful for kayaking, swimming and relaxing.
Great place to enjoy an English style garden, tranquility and nature.
Nobelius Heritage Park
3 Crichton Road
Great place to enjoy an English style garden, tranquility and nature.
Stunning views and a spot of lunch, not too far to drive and lovely scenery along the way.
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SkyHigh Mount Dandenong
26 Observatory Rd
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Stunning views and a spot of lunch, not too far to drive and lovely scenery along the way.
Local wares for sale, worth a little walk through.
Emerald Market
Local wares for sale, worth a little walk through.
This place is about 15-20 mins drive away. It’s absolutely stunning when the Rhododendrons are in bloom. There is a cafe and a small garden centre with in the gardens and many other shops and eateries in the town of Olinda nearby.
Rhododendron Gardens Carpark
This place is about 15-20 mins drive away. It’s absolutely stunning when the Rhododendrons are in bloom. There is a cafe and a small garden centre with in the gardens and many other shops and eateries in the town of Olinda nearby.
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Puffing Billy Railway
1 Old Monbulk Rd
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Entertainment

Local theatre and arts group offering their talents in a small setting.
Local amateur dramatics company and performers. Often offering something fun and interesting to see.
Gemco Players Community Theatre
Local amateur dramatics company and performers. Often offering something fun and interesting to see.
Local, quaint cinema, recommended by locals for a different type of cinema experience. Showing mainstream and less commercial movies.
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Cameo Cinemas
1628 Burwood Hwy
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Local, quaint cinema, recommended by locals for a different type of cinema experience. Showing mainstream and less commercial movies.
If you want to hire some roller blades and have fun at the roller rink, this place is about 20 mins drive away.
Caribbean Rollerama
1298 Ferntree Gully Rd
If you want to hire some roller blades and have fun at the roller rink, this place is about 20 mins drive away.
Great for a swim, cheap and well organised. Has a snack bar and life guards. Ideal for hot days.
Belgrave Outdoor Pool
69 Best St
Great for a swim, cheap and well organised. Has a snack bar and life guards. Ideal for hot days.
Not too far away and perfect if you fancy a cooling dip on a hot day.
Olinda Pool
Not too far away and perfect if you fancy a cooling dip on a hot day.
A relatively new complex housing a theatre, council offices and large free car park, library.
Bunjil Place
2 Patrick Northeast Drive
A relatively new complex housing a theatre, council offices and large free car park, library.

Wet Day activities

Shopping, Eating, Bowling, Cinema, Play Centres
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Westfield Fountain Gate
25-55 Overland Dr
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If you need an indoor activity, restaurant and shopping this place is easy to find and only 20 minutes drive back along Wellington Rd.
IKEA
917 Princes Hwy
If you need an indoor activity, restaurant and shopping this place is easy to find and only 20 minutes drive back along Wellington Rd.
Fun for the kids ( and perhaps adults too!) indoor trampolining activities, cafe. Close to Knox Westfield shopping centre too. About 25 mins drive from here.
JUMPDECK
123 Lewis Road
Fun for the kids ( and perhaps adults too!) indoor trampolining activities, cafe. Close to Knox Westfield shopping centre too. About 25 mins drive from here.
Local attraction, indoors.
Emerald Lake Model Railway
Local attraction, indoors.

Walking/ sightseeing/picnics

This is a vast outdoor space where you can enjoy wildlife, peace and quiet, scenic walks or a picnic. It houses Kirth Charcoal Kiln which is displayed with information free for visitors.
Kirth Kiln Picnic Ground

Shopping

The usual modern shopping experience, under cover shops, cafes, restaurants.
About 25 mins drive away. Indoors and some outdoor eateries. Shops, cafes etc Westfield’s usual shopping experience.
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Westfield Knox
425 Burwood Hwy
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About 25 mins drive away. Indoors and some outdoor eateries. Shops, cafes etc Westfield’s usual shopping experience.
A well- known market offering international foods and flavours. Check opening days/ times before you go. It’s lively and popular.
Dandenong Market
A well- known market offering international foods and flavours. Check opening days/ times before you go. It’s lively and popular.