Dandenong Ranges is 35km east of Melbourne. The area features spectacular scenery, wooded hills, fern-filled gullies, bushwalking paths, and attractive villages. Its gardens are noted for azaleas, rhododendrons and berry fruits. Places of interest include Sherbrooke Forest, home to colorful parrots and lyrebirds. Another popular attraction is Puffing Billy, a vintage steam train which departs from Belgave for trips through the ranges. Accessible by road or coach tour.



The Glassouse Mountains, a series of volcanic plugs shrouded in Aboriginal legend, form the centerpieces of the lush hinterland north of Brisbane.  You can see the rising ape-like shape of Tibrogargan and the spindly pinnacle of Coonowrin from the Glasshouse Lookout signposted from the Bruce Highway.  Also worth explor8ing are the Blackall Ranges and the mountain villages of Monteville and Maleny with their gift shops, tearooms and cafes.

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