Local Attractions

Below is a local map showing Lifestyle Apartments in relation to Melbourne CBD, Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges. Also below is some tourist information about the local area.

Tourist Map for Local Attractions at Yarra Valley, Melbourne CBD and Dandenong Ranges (Lifestyle Holiday Apartments)

Ferntree Gully

Ferntree Gully is an eastern suburb of Melbourne, in the Dandenong Ranges, 29 km east from Melbourne's CBD and has a population of approximately 25,000.

Ferntree Gully and Upper Ferntree Gully are the only Dandenong Ranges towns or suburbs in the City of Knox, whilst every other one is within either the Shire of Yarra Ranges or the Shire of Cardinia.

Natural features include a large part of the Dandenong Ranges National Park which forms a picturesque backdrop to Ferntree Gully, especially the Ferntree Gully village part of the suburb. Important features of that national park include One Tree Hill (formerly a fire-lookout, but now covered with trees, the lookout is in disrepair) and the Kokoda Trail, a memorial walk dedicated to the Kokoda of WWII (includes interpretive signage)—this part of the National Park is located in the neighbouring suburb of Upper Ferntree Gully—and accessed via the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road. It is also a place for picnics and exercise, where many community groups meet.


Dandenong Ranges

Protecting the tall forests of the Dandenongs, this park is well known for its spectacular Mountain Ash trees and lush fern gullies, and is ideal for relaxing picnics and tranquil forest walks.

The cool mountain elevation affords spectacular panoramic views. There is abundant native birdlife, including crimson rosellas, kookaburras and the superb lyrebird.

Explore the forest on a range of walks, or enjoy a picnic at the Fern Tree Gully Picnic Ground, One Tree Hill or in Sherbrooke Forest.

Nearby coffee shops, restaurants, craft and antique shops, as well as gardens and the historic Puffing Billy train make for a pleasant day out.

Puffing Billy Steam Railway

This century-old steam train is still running on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the scenic Dandenong Ranges.

Puffing Billy is a genuine relic of more leisurely days. An historic steam train still running regularly in the mountain district it was built to serve at the turn of the century. The Railway is the major survivor of four experimental lines used to develop rural areas in the early 1900s. Puffing Billy is now a major tourist attraction, its operation depending on hundreds of dedicated volunteers.


Burrinja Art Gallery

Burrinja is one of the most beautiful galleries in Victoria, located in the lush Dandenong Ranges, just fifty minutes from central Melbourne and close to Puffing Billy.

Winner of the 2010 Best Small Museum Award, Burrinja exhibits inspiring Indigenous and contemporary art works. Explore contemporary arts, music, tours, performance, workshops & Dandenong Ranges Open Studios.

Every year, Burrinja is the host of the Dandenong Ranges own Hillside Film Festival, that celebrates young film makers through an amazing collection of short films.

Burrinja’s unique Café & Bar features great folk, roots and blues music from local, national and international musicians. Free music every Sunday afternoon. A cosy place to relax surrounded by art.


Trees Adventure

Trees Adventure is a new, exhilarating eco-adventure in the Dandenongs. It comprises five tree-top obstacle and flying fox courses that weave through the sublime canopy of Glen Harrow heritage gardens.


Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley attractions are not only just confined to the range of world-famous wineries (58 of them) and gourmet food, but also include unique, natural and manmade attractions. This area in Victoria offers an exceptional experience to all its guests with plenty of attractions.

In addition to the Melbourne region’s most astounding wineries and vineyards, the Yarra Valley boasts a spectacular range of wildlife and flora species. Set across the gorgeous Yarra River in Victoria, the Yarra Valley offers a perfect setting for couples, singles and families alike to enjoy an array of exciting activities.

As a renowned getaway spot in Victoria, the Yarra Valley is often visited by a huge number of local and foreign tourists.

Notable attractions not to miss while you are there are the Warburton Trail, Healesville Maze, Yarra Valley Railway, Black Spur, Healesville Sanctuary and the R.J. Hamer Arboretum. The must see wineries include Yering Station, Rochford Winery, Stones of  the Yarra Valley, Domaine Chandon (Moet & Chandon), Kellybrook Winery and if you prefer a beer stop by Coldstream Brewery. 

Melbourne CBD

The list is to long to name all of the attraction to the Melbourne CBD so we'll just give you the top three.

Federation Square is Melbourne's most prominent meeting place and a unique cultural precinct which brings together a creative mix of attractions, museums and galleries, and the finest of dining with its many restaurants, cafes and bars.

Federation Square is also a hub of Melbourne activities with function centres, guided tours at 11am and 2pm Monday - Saturday and over 2000 events held annually, including multicultural festivals, markets, film screenings, sporting events and much more.

Queen Victoria Market is more than just Melbourne’s shopping mecca - it’s an historic landmark, a tourist attraction and an shopping institution for Melburnian's.

This vast and vibrant centre of trade and commerce was officially opened on 20 March 1878 and has served consumers needs for more than 120 years.

The Vic Market as it is known by Melburnian's is a great place to get a feel for Melbourne's diverse cultures.

The Crown Entertainment Complex located on the north bank of the Yarra River combines gaming, hotel, convention, restaurant, retail and comprehensive entertainment facilities in one of the most innovative and technologically-advanced sites in the world.

There is always something happening at Crown from live entertainment to themed displays and riverside festivals, Crown truly is A World of Entertainment.


Travel Times

  • Melbourne CBD 30 minutes by Freeway and City Link 1 hour by train
  • Airport 50 minutes by Freeway and City Link
  • Scoresby Business Centre, 10 minutes by car
  • Bayswater Business Centre, 10 minutes by car
  • Dandenong Ranges, Commences at the door
  • Knox City Shopping Centre, 5 minutes by car 20 minutes by bus
  • Restaurants, 5 minute walk
  • 24 hour Supermarket , 1 minute walk
  • Bus Stop, Near front entrance
  • Train Station/park & ride, 7 minute walk
  • Parks 2 minute walk


We had a lovely stay here. It's clean, local to everything you need and the staff were so friendly.
Alastair Cook
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