Only 40 km from Melbourne, and accessible by suburban train services, Belgrave’s main claim to tourist fame is being the home of historic steam train Puffing Billy. Visit the National Trust-listed cottage built by Horatio Jones in 1917; Try a delightful afternoon at Lysterfield Park Lake where you can take a walk, paddle a canoe or watch the ducks, swans and pelicans. Or have a picnic in Birdsland Reserve . Monbulk Creek runs through this reserve which includes a system of lakes, walking trails and picnic/BBQ facilities wetlands.
Gardens and Nature wonderful all year spectacular in springtime. The Tulip festival in Silvan is always well worth a visit.George Tindale Gardens Just meters from the iconic Alfred Nichols Gardens, it is well worth combining with a visit whilst travelling through Sherbrooke, one of The Dandenong’s leafier suburbs. This picturesque property houses rare and exotic plants and flowers. After his death in 1977, George’s wife Ruth continued on the work at the gardens, furthering his amazing legacy. Ruth bequeathed the garden to the Victorian Conservation Trust in memory of her husband in 1980, and has now been in the trust of Parks Victoria since 1995.