Local Highlights

Puffing Billy
Puffing Billy Station, Belgrave Ride on a century-old steam train along the original Belgrave to Gembrook mountain track and enjoy forest scenery and panoramic views. Indulge in a meal in a first class carriage or take the kids to one of the regular Thomas the Tank Engine shows.

William Ricketts Sanctuary
Walk through towering mountain ash forest and discover amongst rocks and tree ferns the half hidden clay sculptures of aboriginal figures created by William Ricketts. Cost: approx $6 adult (children under 10 years free).

SkyHigh Mount Dandenong
Get Some Perspective & Escape the noise and pressures of the concrete jungle. Less than 1 hour from the Melbourne CBD you can be SkyHigh – on the uppermost reach of the Dandenong Ranges, amid cool fern glades and lush towering native forest, looking at the big picture, from the Mornington Peninsula across the majestic sweep of Port Phillip Bay, surrounded by Melbourne’s growing urban fringes, to the You Yangs on the southern horizon. After sunset the southern sky, brilliant in the clear mountain night, is imitated by a spectacular carpet of city lights. SkyHigh has something for the whole family including, an exquisite English garden, Adventurous SkyHigh Maze and links to trail walks in the Dandenong Ranges National Park. If you really want to see Melbourne from above...

1000 Steps/Kokoda Memorial Walk
At a length of 2.5km one way, this track combines the challenges of the famous 1000 steps walk with the Kokoda Memorial Walk, created to remind us of the courage of the men who fought on the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea during World War II.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade
The Parade is open every day of the year. The best time to visit is at sunset/dusk if you wish to see the actual "penguin parade". This is when the penguins cross Summerland Beach to return to their sand-dune burrows. After a day fishing for food in the waters surrounding Phillip Island, the penguins make their way across Summerland Beach in groups. This delightful event is commonly known as the "penguin parade". This unique "parade" can be experienced from environmentally friendly observation boardwalks and viewing stands.

A maze N things
Come and test your senses of logic and fun at A Maze'N Things, nestled in the centre of Phillip Island. Hours of activities and entertainment awaits everyone, including stimulating puzzles, illusions and memory tests. Come and get lost with us!

Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Visitors Centre
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit will dazzle and excite and there doesn't have to be a race car or a motorcycle in sight. The smooth curves and super fast straight of this world class circuit sit snug along breathtaking southern coastline where rugged cliffs meet an ocean rolling on to the horizon. Whether you go extreme or relax with a latte and lunch in the Champion's Cafe, there are recreational facilities galore. Including tranquil gardens, a secure toddlers' playground, interactive games room and a gift shop overflowing with racing memorabilia just perfect for capturing the spirit and excitement of your experience.

Phillip Island Chocolate Factory
Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is the sweetest tourist attraction on the Phillip Island. See our chocolates being hand made the old fashion way using recipes handed over down the years. We use only Belgian chocolate, the best available. It's creamy texture and slight hint of vanillin is exceptionally mouth watering. The display areas allow all customers to view the manufacturing of chocolate by our chocolatiers. Only the finest ingredients are used in creating our chocolates. The latest additions to our growing varieties are our hand made truffles and chocolate coated bananas that are coated while you wait.

Nobbies Centre
View the thousands of seals at Seal Rocks through telescopes. Stroll along the Nobbies Boardwalk and enjoy spectacular views along Phillip Island's rugged south coast. See the awesome blowhole, a spectacular sea cave that thunders into the cliffs and explodes back with sea spray - a sight not to be missed! Be amazed by the nesting seabirds during spring and summer. Look for Little Penguins which nest around the boardwalk area. You may be lucky enough to spot a whale on its migration in Bass Strait or some dolphins moving in and out of the bay.

DFO Direct Factory Outlets
Direct Factory Outlet shopping, top brand names at great prices and only a 20 minute drive from our park.

Gumbuya Park
Gumbuya Park is a welcoming family orientated theme park with stunning natural bushland, native animals and a large variety of birds. Set on 430 acres and located only 35 mins from our park.

Local Events

Tesselaar Tulip Festival
from 13 September, 2012 to 09 October, 2012
Variety is the spice of life. Why not broaden your horizons and do something a little bit different - like taking a trip to the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. You can experience more than a million spring flowering bulbs, 65 varieties of tulips, people dressed in Dutch costume, wooden clogs, great food and daily entertainment.

Dandenong Market
from 01 June, 2012 to 03 July, 2015
With over 300 stalls of fresh produce, clothing and other goods, the market reflects the City's cultural mix and has a cosmopolitan feel. Hours of Operation: Tuesday 7am - 4pm Friday 7am to 5pm (general merchandise 4pm) Saturday 7am to 3pm Not open on a Tuesday or Friday if a Public Holiday falls on either of these days.

Sandown V8 super car racing
from 14 September, 2012 to 16 September, 2012
The hugely popular V8 Supercars Sandown 500 is back in 2012! Be track side this 14-16 September as the Season of Endurance kicks off. With a packed schedule of V8 Supercars and support categories, first class facilities, plus a host of entertainment the Sandown 500 will be a thrilling weekend - all just 30 minutes from the Melbourne CBD. Tickets on sale from Ticketek outlets, online at Ticketek.com.au or by phoning 132 849.

Leisurefest
from 04 October, 2012 to 07 October, 2012
Leisurefest is back and promises to be bigger and better than ever in 2012! Sandown Racecourse will once again be thriving with all the latest in boating, camping, fishing, RVs and 4x4 accessories from all of the leading brands over four huge days. The popular Off Road 4x4 Test Track will return once again and give visitors the opportunity to experience new vehicle test drives and get some hands on off road exposure. It's a great day out for the whole family with free kid’s activities from Friday to Sunday and an all new visitor entrance designed to ensure you don’t miss a thing! There’s plenty of free on site parking and Sandown Park Railway Station is right at the front doors! Melbourne Leisurefest runs from Thursday 4th October to Sunday 7th October 2012, and is open daily from 10am – 5pm.

Caravan and Camping Show
from 07 March, 2013 to 12 March, 2013
Victoria's premier Caravan, Camping & Touring Supershow rolls into Caulfield Racecourse from 7 March to 12 March 2013. Sponsored by RACV Insurance, the Victorian Show is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Over six days, visitors will have the unique opportunity to view hundreds of the very latest industry products at the one venue while also learning all about caravanning, motor homing and camping in Australia. There'll be a huge range of caravans, pop tops, tent/camper trailers, 5th wheelers, motorhomes, campervans, 4x4 off road and touring accessories, plus tents and camping equipment. The grandstand will be filled to the brim with tourism displays offering invaluable information for anyone planning a holiday in Australia whether it's a weekend away or that big trip around Australia. To top it all off, visitors can also attend informative seminars hosted by industry experts and celebrities. Plus there willl be some great activities for the kids, especially over the weekend. From: Thursday 7th of March 2013 To Tuesday 12th of March 2013 Time: Thursday Monday 9.30am -5pm | Tuesday 9.30am - 4.30pm Venue Caulfield Racecourse Station Street Caulfield East Victoria 3145 Australia | Map Map opens in new browser window Telephone: +61 3 9257 7200

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