Discover all that's happening this Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. 

Looking to get away from Melbourne’s hustle and bustle this Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend? Find Your Self, exploring one of many farmer’s markets, immersing yourself at an event or even dodging a snowball up in the hills of Lake Mountain Alpine Resort. So much to see, do and experience this weekend! 

Yarra Valley

Telecom Joe and DJ Arlo Perform at Herd Bar and Grill (Saturday)

Join Herd Bar and Grill for an evening of nostalgia as local band Telecom Joe, perform covers of classic hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and - of course - the noughties.

Followed by DJ Arlo, who will keep you partying until 3:00 am.

The performance will be from 10:00 pm - 3:00 am.

Where: Herd Bar & Grill, 177 Maroondah Highway,  Healesville VIC 3777

Website: http://www.herdbar.com.au/

Email: enquiries@herdbar.com.au

Phone: 03 5962 7677

 

Official Snow Season Opening Weekend 2017 (Saturday, Sunday & Monday)

Lake Mountain Alpine Resort's official beginning of the 2017 Snow Season on 10 June. Guaranteed snow on the Village Toboggan Run.

Entry tickets, snow clothing and equipment rentals, food outlets and more, all available on the mountain every day through the dedicated snow season.

  • Village Toboggan Run: Open
  • Lake Mountain's Fischer Nordic Fun Park: Open
  • Lake Mountain's Burton Riglet Park: Open
  • 240m Dual Flying Fox: Open
  • Dry Slope Tube Run: Open
  • Lake Mountain Cafe: Open
  • Snowman's Village Play Area: Open
  • On Mountain Rentals: Open
  • Newly Refreshed Retail Outlet: Open
  • Fischer Nordic Demo Centre: Open
  • Summit Loop Walking Track: Open

More information and prices are available from the website.

Where: Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, 1071 Lake Mountain Road,  Marysville,VIC 3779

Website: http://lakemountainresort.com.au/

Email: admin@lakemountainresort.com.au

Phone: 03 5957 7201

 

Winter at Riverstone Estate (Saturday)

Riverstone Estate is excited to invite you to the cellar door over winter. Riverstone's kitchen team have put together a delicious new menu hand crafted from local produce for you to enjoy. The fire will be roaring and premium red wines ready to warm you up over the season.

Bookings recommended.

Where: The Riverstone Estate, 105 Skye Road,  Coldstream VIC 3770

Website: http://www.theriverstoneestate.com.au/our-cellar-door#whats-on

Email: cellardoor@theriverstoneestate.com.au

Phone: 03 5962 3947

 

Make your own paperweight (Saturday & Sunday)

At Healesville Glass Blowing Studio you have the opportunity to make your own paperweight and experience the unique art of making an object out of molten glass at temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees Celsius.

Watch the process so that you can see a paperweight being made from start to finish. Then, with a little help, you will add colour to the glass, stretch and bend it to mix in the colours, before shaping it into your own paperweight.

No experience is required and all materials are provided. The minimum age for participation is 15 years. Bookings required.

Where: Healesville Glass Blowing Studio, 416 - 420 Maroondah Highway,  Healesville VIC 3777

Website: http://hgbs.com.au/glass-blowing-classes/

Email: info@hgbs.com.au

Phone: 03 5962 2211

 

St Andrews Market (Saturday)

St Andrews Community Market is situated just a short distance from Melbourne in the foothills of the Yarra Ranges and is open EVERY SATURDAY between 8 am – 2 pm except on days of “Total Fire Ban”.

Each week, with both regular and a changing selection of casual stalls, there is always something new and interesting to see.

Regulars at the market include Organic Fruit and Veggies, Preserves, Free range eggs, Handmade Soaps and Skin Care products, Jewellery, Arts & Craft, Massage, Pre-loved goods, delicious food including a great variety of Vegetarian and Gluten free options, The Chai Tent, Hair Braids, Dreadlocks, Pony Rides for the kids and a talented bunch of Buskers to name just a few.

Where: St Andrews Road and Heidelberg – Kinglake Road,  St Andrews VIC 3761

Website: https://visityarravalley.com.au/st-andrews-market

Email: standrewsmarket@yahoo.com.au

Phone: 0467 535 341

 

Yarra Valley Organic Farmers Market (Saturday)

The Healesville Organic Farmers' Market is set in the idyllic hills of Healesville at Coronation Park. Operating each Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm

Buy fresh organically-grown produce from local growers at affordable prices, locally grown fruit, vegetables, herbs, honey, free range eggs, plants, sourdough bread, non-hybrid seeds and jams.

Where: Coronation Park, River St, Healesville VIC 3777

Website: http://healesvilleorganicfarmersmarket.weebly.com/

Email: permacultureyv@gmail.com

Phone: 03 5962 5070

 

Dance X - Interactive Exhibition (Saturday & Sunday)

Chose your own dance adventure in this enthralling exhibition. Travel to unique places within the shire through captivating virtual play spaces.

Designed to be welcoming and playful, Dance X will include a virtual reality experience and stations that allow you to be the choreographer, making choices about pattern and rhythm.

Developed over three years of place-based research and practice, local artists Gareth Hart, Gülsen Özer and Viv Rogis collaborate to create this engaging and thought-provoking participatory installation specifically for the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum.

Proudly funded by Yarra Ranges Council Arts and Heritage Development Grant. Suitable for the whole family.

Where: Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, 35-37 Castella Street,  Lilydale VIC 3140

Website: http://ach.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/Whats_On/Dance_X_-_Interactive_Exhibition#.WTYLn2h96Uk

Email: boxoffice@yarraranges.vic.gov.au

Phone: 1300 368 333

 

Coombe Yarra Valley - A Glimpse of Melba (Saturday & Sunday)

Coombe will be opening the doors of Dame Nellie Melba’s family home, for a glimpse into the extravagant life of this iconic diva. Take a step back in time and enter a world of luxury and glamour.

The Glimpse of Melba tour takes you through the vast oak front entrance door of Coombe Cottage following in the footsteps of the greatest stars of the last century. Enjoy one of Australia’s greatest private collections of art and marvel at the sumptuous music room, Melba’s own Mason and Hamlin piano and original chintz fabric suite from her Paris flat.

Each tour is limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Where: The Melba Estate, 673-675 Maroondah Highway,  Coldstream VIC 3770

Website: http://www.coombeyarravalley.com.au/news-and-events

Email: enquiries@coombeyarravallley.com.au

Phone: 03 9739 0173

 

TarraWarra Museum of Art: Discovering Dobell Exhibition (Saturday & Sunday)

Discovering Dobell offers an intimate glimpse of William Dobell, one of Australia’s most important 20th-century artists, whose heart remained anchored in the daily life of everyday people, from the streets of Depression-raked London to Sydney’s Kings Cross.

Curated by Christopher Heathcote, the exhibition demonstrates how Dobell developed ideas from sketches to paintings. In some instances previously unknown relationships between drawings, gouaches and important oils are identified.

Discovering Dobell features the artist’s controversial and recognisable portraits of Joshua Smith, Dame Mary Gilmore and Helena Rubinstein, alongside other vital strands of his output, including affectionate images of grinning ockers, struggling young mothers, cheeky street children at play, and haughty women intent on keeping-up-appearances.

Where: TarraWarra Museum of Art311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road,  Healesville VIC 3777

Website: http://www.twma.com.au/exhibition/discovering-dobell/

Email: museum@twma.com.au

Phone: 03 5957 3100

 

Marysville Community Market (Sunday)

The Marysville Community Market is held on the second and fourth Sunday of the month and is one of the most popular flea markets in the Yarra Valley.

Held in the picturesque setting on the Murchison Street in Marysville, this flea market is the perfect spot to buy some fresh produce, locally produced food items, confectionery and wines.  In addition, you will also find stalls selling fragrances, lavender products, baked items and fruit-themed products.

Where: 11 Murchison Street,  Marysville VIC 3779

Website: https://visityarravalley.com.au/marysville-community-market

Email: info@visityarravalley.com.au

Phone: 03 5963 3353

 

Upper Yarra Community Market (Sunday)

The market is held on the second and fourth Saturday of each month and is famous for its collection of plants, regional produce and locally made crafts. The market was first held in 1982 at the old Yarra Railway Museum and was started with an aim to support the Upper Yarra Communities in various growth and development projects. At present, the market donates for an ambulance, fire brigade, SES and other community groups in the Upper Yarra Valley.

The Upper Yarra Community Market can also be termed as a mini-gift market. Stroll through the wide array of gift stalls and discover many locally made distinctive items that you won’t find in regular department stores. Select some crafts, art pieces, show pieces or any other gift items and make a purchase to help and support the local small business groups.

Where: 1 Park Road, Yarra Junction VIC 3797

Website: https://visityarravalley.com.au/upper-yarra-community-market

Email: info@visityarravalley.com.au

Phone: 0439 018 467

 

 

Traditional High Tea Chateau Yering Hotel (Sunday)

Traditional High Tea Includes a selection of house-made sandwiches, savoury items, scones served with jam and cream, miniature cakes, a glass of sparkling wine and tea/coffee.

High Tea is served in Eleonore's Restaurant or one of our lounge rooms.

Where: Chateau Yering Hotel, 42 Melba Highway, Yering VIC 3770

Website: www.chateauyering.com.au/dining-restaurant.asp

Email: functions@chateauyering.com.au

Phone: 03 9237 3333

 

Ringwood Farmers Markets (Sunday)

The Ringwood Farmers Market is run in partnership with Eastland. Held along Melbourne Street and Town Square, the market offers seasonal and organic fruit and vegetables, free range meats and eggs, honey, nuts, flowers and seedlings alongside a selection of artisan products including cheeses, relishes, breads, jams and small goods.

The market has a primary focus on the Yarra Valley, showcasing the finest in regional produce. It is the first accredited farmers market in the region and is a place for the community to access fresh food directly from producers in the local area and enjoy regional Victoria right on their doorstep.

Where: Cnr Town Square and Melbourne Street, Eastland, 165 Maroondah Highway,  Ringwood VIC 3134

Website: http://www.mfm.com.au/markets/ringwood-farmers-market

Email: info@mfm.com.au

Phone: 03 9419 0826

 

High Tea at Bella Restaurant (Sunday)

Set aside a Sunday afternoon in the Yarra Valley to indulge in the tradition of High Tea. A delicious high tea buffet is served in Bella Restaurant every weekend showcasing the Yarra Valley's finest producers of both food and wine. Indulge in delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones accompanied by local homemade jam and fresh cream, savoury treats and decadent sweet delights.

Accompanied by a pot of the Yarra Valley Tea Company's freshly brewed tea of your choice.

Price includes a complimentary glass of Yarra Valley sparkling wine on arrival. Bookings are essential. Groups welcome.

Where: Yarra Valley Lodge, 2 Heritage Avenue, Chirnside Park VIC 3116

Website: http://www.yarravalleylodge.com/dining/high-tea/high-tea1.htm

Email: diningatbella@yarravalleylodge.com

Phone: 03 9760 3355

 

Tamarillo Time (Saturday, Sunday & Monday)

Rayners Orchard grows around 450 varieties of fruit including peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums, tamarillo, pomegranate, persimmon, kiwi fruit, feijoa, guava, dutch medlar and much more! 

Take a Tractor Tour around the environmentally sustainable orchard and try the varieties that are ripe at the time (Tamarillo are now in season!). 

Learn about the different varieties of stone fruit, taste and compare their different flavours and textures. U-Pick is also available on tractor tours. Experience Fruit Bottling Workshops and learn how to preserve fruit the old fashioned way in a custom made bottling kitchen. 

Bookings recomended as spots are limited! 

Where: Rayners Orchard, 60 Schoolhouse Road, Woori Yallock VIC 3139

Website: www.raynersorchard.com.au

Email: len@raynersorchard.com.au

Phone: 03 5964 7654

 

Wine and Wildlife (Monday)

Healesville Sanctuary is teaming up with Yarra Valley icons to bring you a gourmet experience with a wild difference.

Over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, Wine & Wildlife will bring you the best in food and wine against the backdrop of the Sanctuary’s stunning bushland setting. From 11:00 am to 4:00 pm each day, five event spaces including undercover pavilions and grassy picnic lawns will showcase a line-up of local wineries, craft breweries and hearty winter food for you to sample and purchase.

Warm up by roaring open fires and delight your senses with live acoustic music while Keepers roam the grounds with some of our furry, feathered and scaly friends for serendipitous wildlife encounters.

Tastings are included with general admission. Zoos Victoria members and children under 16 receive free entry all weekend.

Where: Badger Creek Rd, Healesville VIC 3777 

Website: https://www.zoo.org.au/healesville/whats-on/wine-and-wildlife

Email: zvsales@zoo.org.au

Phone: 1300 966 784

 

Queen’s Birthday at Oakridge Wines (Monday)

Start your week off the right way and spend the Queen’s Birthday holiday, Monday, June 12, at Oakridge Wines.

Oakridge Wines will be open from 10 am to 5 pm, with the Oakridge three course lunch menu available, grazing plates and wine tastings in the Oakridge Cellar Door. With captivating views of the Yarra Valley, take the opportunity to escape the rush of city life and wind down at Oakridge Wines.

For bookings, please contact Oakridge Wines.

Where: Oakridge Wines, 864 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream VIC 3770

Website: https://www.oakridgewines.com.au/events/queens-birthday-at-oakridge-wines/

Email: events@oakridgewines.com.au

Phone: 03 9738 9900

 

Whittlesea Monday Market (Monday)

The Whittlesea Monday Market has become the meeting place for visitors and locals alike. Close to the city, with a country and friendly community atmosphere.

Whittlesea Monday Market is open every Monday, including public holidays - rain, hail or shine.

Originally in Mernda, the Whittlesea Monday Market has been on the present site for almost five years and has around 120 plus stalls selling a wide range of products including fresh fruit and vegetables, plants and gardening advice, artisan breads, honey, eggs, clothing, work wear, tools, stock feeds and farm supplies, antiques and vintage collectables, electrical goods and the list goes on and on.

Kids activities on school and public holidays. Free parking. Enjoy the theatre of the live auction - commencing at 9:00 am.

Where: Whittlesea Showgrounds, 30 Yea Road, Whittlesea VIC 3757

Website: https://visityarravalley.com.au/whats-on/event?id=AU0038534&date=20170612

Email: whittleseamm@gmail.com

Phone: 0428 821 644

 

Size Matters - Exhibition presented by Artrageous Painters (Saturday, Sunday & Monday)

Size Matters, an exhibition by members of the ARTrageous Painters including landscape, seascape, still life, flora and fauna, and portrait. Size Matters means that all pieces in this exhibition are 30 x 40 centimetres. Unframed artwork will also be available for sale.

Where: Warburton Waterwheel, 3400 Warburton Highway, Warburton VIC 3799

Website: www.visitwarburton.com.au

Email: info@visitwarburton.com.au

Phone: 03 5966 9600

 

UrbanEnviro by Giro Hoffman (Saturday, Sunday & Monday)

Giora Hoffmann's background as an architect and urban planner in Israel, Sydney & Melbourne influences his artwork. The urban sprawl; high-rise buildings and their location and social implications all affect the future environment we leave behind

Giora Hoffman's canvases of seeds, trees, buildings and roads all flying across the canvas in colourful profusion are joyous as well as thought provoking.

Where: Warburton Waterwheel, 3400 Warburton Highway, Warburton VIC 3799

Website: www.visitwarburton.com.au

Email: info@visitwarburton.com.au

Phone: 03 5966 9600

 

 

Dandenong Ranges

The Hills Art Market (Saturday)

The Hills Art Market is an experience for visitors to immerse themselves in a world of artistic imagination, under the tall trees you will find a unique open-air Artists Market, a visual and musical feast for all, where over 50 Artist's showcase and sell their artwork to visitors of The Dandenong Ranges.

A great day out by car with ample parking off Memorial Avenue or by taking the Puffing Billy Railway directly to Emerald station, stop off at The Hills Art Market and pick up a beautiful piece of art, holding memories of your trip. Visit the Kids Art Zone, where there is something for everyone.

Where: Hills Art Market, Memorial Avenue, Emerald VIC 3782

Website: www.hillsartmarket.com

Email: info@hillsartmarket.com

Phone: 0416 726 406

 

Burrinja Cultural Centre (Saturday & Sunday)

Set in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Burrinja is a vibrant community cultural centre that encompasses multiple gallery spaces, a 400 seat theatre, live music, art activities and events, artist studios, gardens, a gallery shop, workshops and a café.

Winner of the 2010 and 2013 Best Small Museum Award, Burrinja galleries present a changing program of exhibitions throughout the year. From solo and groups shows of local Dandenong Ranges artists to touring exhibitions the galleries feature a wide range of artworks in some of Melbourne's most beautiful and unusual gallery spaces. Selected works from Yarra Ranges Council's McLeod Gift Collection are on display as well as the iconic "Fish and Leaves" by Yorta Yorta artist and former Upwey resident Lin Onus.

For lovers of theatre, Burrinja has a state-of-the-art theatre which hosts a variety of performances with a focus on theatre, comedy, dance and family friendly shows. The vibrant program features something for every performing arts attendee.

Below are the current exhibitions that will be showcased over this long weekend: 

  • Bakersfield Mist, With John Wood and Julie Nhill
  • Contemporary Australian Landscape
  • Arlpwe Arts -  The colours desert
  • Stay and play at Burrinja - Skin side out, by renate crow
  • Contemporary Australian Landscape

Where: Burrinja Cultural Centre, 351 Glenfern Road, Upwey VIC 3158

Website: http://www.burrinja.org.au/burrinja-whats-on/whats-on-art#stayandplay

Email: events@burrinja.org.au

Phone: 03 9754 8723

 

Steam and Cuisine Luncheon at Puffing Billy (Saturday and Sunday)

Share the grandeur and charm of a three-hour steam train journey whilst savouring a delicious lunch. Enjoy an all gluten free three-course menu or graze over a platter followed by scones, jam and cream.

Friendly train host will welcome you on board the First Class Carriage, where you will sit back and relax whilst perusing the beverage list. A range of local Yarra Valley wines, boutique beers and other beverages can be purchased on board the train.

Where: Puffing Billy, 1 Old Monbulk Road, Belgrave VIC 3160

Website: http://www.puffingbilly.com.au/events-and-dining/sc/

Email: info@pbr.org.au

Phone: 03 9757 0700

 

Belgrave Big Dreams Market (Sunday)

Belgrave Big Dreams Market is on the second Sunday of each month (except January).

A makers and growers market where you will find fresh local produce, artisan bread, great coffee, bespoke craft and design pieces alongside hot street food, live music and activities for the kids.

Entry is free. A short walk from Belgrave Station.

Where: St Thomas More Primary School, Reynolds Lane,  Belgrave VIC 3160

Website: www.belgravebigdreamsmarket.com/

Email: belgravebigdreamsmarket@gmail.com

Phone: 0416 451 151

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