The Alfred Nicholas Gardens boasts its own picturesque lake, as well as a charming, antiquated boathouse. Majestic Mountain Ash trees veil the peaceful destination; an ideal spot for picnics and days spent basking in nature.
When you’re feeling adventurous, conquer the challenging yet entirely rewarding 1000 Steps. Encompassed by a rainforest, the uphill walk reveals rippling waterfalls, native wildlife sightings, luscious fern gullies and Kokoda Memorial plaques - those who finish the steps are also rewarded with breathtaking views of the Dandenongs.
Created by William Ricketts himself, this tranquil inlet was designed to promote reflection and replenishment in those who visit. The fascinating location exhibits 90 sculptures of Indigenous people - a community that inspired much of Rickett’s work – and is adorned in luscious vegetation.
A Victorian icon, the famed Puffing Billy has been carrying passengers through the Dandenong Ranges for over one hundred years. Providing the perfect opportunity to sit back and admire the verdant surrounds, the experience is a family favourite to be enjoyed time and again.
For panoramic views of the Dandenongs in their entirety, visit the popular Mount Dandenong Observatory. Sitting at 633m above sea level, it’s the highest lookout point in the area, presenting views as far as Port Phillip Bay.
Emerald Lake is an idyllic location, profuse with amenities to enjoy. Set up a picnic in the adjoining park and admire the water, go paddle boating, try your hand at fishing or check out the largest model railway in the Southern Hemisphere.
Take a scenic stroll to the picturesque Olinda Falls, or through its surrounding wildlife reserve. Encircled in stately trees, impressive displays of bird life are witnessed throughout the green expanse, with occasional sightings of the elusive Lyrebird.
Arguably the Dandenongs’ most beautiful garden, this naturally rich oasis blooms year round thanks to the nurturing climate of the area. The garden is truly ethereal and equipped for moments of pure serenity.
At the heart of Croydon village is the local cinema, a cosy, four-screen complex, apt for many a night of filmic enjoyment. Decide on a commercial release or art house film, select your poison of choice from the in-house bar, and settle in for a night of entertainment.
Get your floral fix at OReilly’s, where the shelves are ornate with exquisite displays of flowers, to be fashioned into lavish bouquets or quaint boxes. Also stocking gifts and the occasional item of furniture, it’s all too easy to leave here with a collection of pieces so beautiful; you just had to take them home with you.
A synthesis of brewery, boutique bottle shop and bar, this industrial chic establishment emulates some of the city’s most sought-after watering holes. Come for the generous selection of craft beers and fine wines; stay for the extensive menu of burgers, tasting boards and bar staples.
Purveying coffee of the utmost quality, Kofi Beans is a quintessential local favourite. The café’s décor is a nod to Moroccan culture, congruent with a menu that lists a scope of exotic dishes, alongside old school favourites. Moroccan baked eggs are a definite highlight.
Bekendales has Sunday brunch soirees sorted. Having garnered a reputation among epicureans in the area, the eatery fuses an adventurous menu with friendly staff and bustling ambience. Explore flavours from Malaysia, Cuba and Korea as well as hearty dishes from home.
A mere 1km from home, Croydon’s thriving park plays host to ample amenities, including a state of the art playground and an expansive sporting oval. Picnic and barbecue areas make for leisurely days spent revelling in the park’s offerings among a spirited, community atmosphere.
Here, acquire charming pieces to implement your own inspiring touches throughout Montaine’s interiors. With trinkets, jewellery and ornaments aplenty, the quaint store is also a one-stop shop for all your gifting necessities – birthdays and holidays taken care of.