Puffing Billy Railway
Belgrave's most notable attraction is the heritage narrow gauge, steam-operated Puffing Billy Railway, which was reopened in 1962 after four years of restoration by volunteers and travels to Gembrook. The restored Puffing Billy Steam Train takes travellers on a memorable journey on Australia s most notable narrow gauge railway in the Dandenong Ranges, through 24 kilometres of cool temperate rainforest, lush ferns and towering timbers, semi-urban development and rural farmland.
The closest wine region to the city of Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is Victoria's oldest wine region, with over 3,600 hectares under vine. But there is far more to the Yarra Valley than just wineries, however, it is equally well known for its art galleries, accommodation, restaurants, cafes, antique stores, markets, woodland nature walks and recreational attractions such as the Healesville Sanctuary, Paintball Skirmish, Ballooning, Hedgend Maze, Marysville Salmon & Trout Ponds, Lavender Farm and Tourist Railway.
A short train ride (or drive) from the city of Melbourne on the way to Geelong, Werribee is a rural community with something for everyone. Victoria's colonial story and aviation history can be discovered in Werribee - at Werribee Mansion and Point Cook RAAF Museum nearby. Within the grounds of the mansion is the Victoria State Rose Garden and Werribee Park Sculpture Walk. Down the road is the Werribee Open Range Zoo. On the shores of Port Phillip Bay you can walk or cycle the scenic two kilometre Wyndham Bay Trail.
Originally Melbourne's first sea port, Williamstown is today a popular and fashionable suburban maritime village, playing host to both locals and visitors to Melbourne who embrace the change of scenery and slow down in pace it offers. Surrounded on three sides by the calm waters Port Phillip Bay, its northern and eastern coastline are dotted with piers, gardens and remnants of Williamstown s maritime history that includes numerous colonial-era shipyards and slipways.
On the map, Mordialloc appears to be just one of a line of localities on the eastern shore of Port Phillip Bay with a beach, a shopping strip, a railway station, lots of houses and the busy Nepean Highway running therough the middle of it. What sets it aparts from its coastal neighbours is Mordialloc Creek, the watercourse after which the locality appears to have got its name, which empties into the bay at Mordialloc beach.
Yarra Bend Park
At Yarra Bend Park you can see the Yarra River in its original, natural state not far from the city centre. Developed extensively for golf by relief workers during the great 1930's depression, the beautifully landscaped parklands surround the Yarra River some 8 km upsteam from the city of Melbourne contain numerous sports playing fields and several charming picnic areas. Dights Falls is a 600 metre walk from Victoria Park Station.