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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Chocolate Shop
“Chocolate lovers world! Lots of sampling and a great cafe with lots of room for the kiddies to run around and play outside.”
  • 54 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Zoo
“Meet Australian animals at the famous Healesville Sanctuary Great for a family day out! ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Zoo
“Interact with Australia’s native wildlife at one of Victoria’s premier attractions. Experience the wonder of birds of prey and parrots during the 'Spirits of the Sky' presentations, or get up close and personal with many of the animals as part of the 'Magic Moments' offering. Open daily 9am-5pm. Badger Creek Road, Healesville”
  • 62 locals recommend
Event Service
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“Travel high up to Skyhigh Dandenong and see the amazing views of Melbourne from on top of the mountain. You can dine at the restraurant there, or visit their maze.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Park
“The famous Rhododendron gardens. This serene setting houses a variety of colourful blooms including azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons and bulbs.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Park
“Established in 1882, from the creation of a small reserve near Ferntree Gully, the Park has grown to some 3500ha, and is famous for its Mountain Ash Trees (the tallest flowering tree in the world) and lush fern gullies. The Park is interspersed with small villages, roads and houses the legacy of the regions time a timber harvesting area to support the development of Melbourne in the 1800’s. The Park is home to crystal clear streams, waterfalls and creeks and has an extensive network of the walking trails that allow you to access all the special and secret spots. With many a picnic ground to be found. Kookaburras, cockatoos, crimson rosellas and other native birds call this place home. Including the Superb Lyrebird, who thanks to the efforts of volunteers groups such as the Sherbrooke Lyrebird Study group now have a healthy population across the Park, from its days where numbers were critically low numbers for this shy bird that mimics the sounds of the bush, and is also found on the Australian 10 cent coin. The park provides and overwhelming connection for visitors to nature. Its proximity to Melbourne has meant that for centuries it has remained a place that is very accessible for people to reconnect with the natural environment in such a breathtakingly beautiful place.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“National Park: Accessible from many points, it covers 3540 hectares around the scenic Dandenong Ranges, featuring ancient trees, lush fern gullies, walking tracks, waterfalls, picnic areas and a large number of native bird species.”
  • 24 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Other Great Outdoors
“Within the sanctuary grounds, there are over 90 different sculptures depicting the aboriginal people engaging with the earth in a pure forest setting. Carved into rocks and tree trunks that dot the paths that flow throughout the property, the themes in his artwork reflect his philosophies of connections with human, nature and the earth.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Trail
“The 1000 Steps Walk is an institution for fitness enthusiasts across Melbourne. Making the 3km trek one of the most popular spots in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, but its steep terrain is not to be underestimated. But this suits many just fine who are often preparing to undertake the real "Kokoda Track". Created in the early 1900s, the 1000 Steps Walk was originally made from the trunks of tree ferns laid along the wetter areas of the track to make the 290 metre ascent somewhat easier. These have been replaced by a combination of wooden steps and concrete section overtime to ensure that the track can cater for users year round in all weather. Plaques along the trail depict the lives of the soldiers who fought and died on the real Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, during World War II. The steps represent the ‘Golden Staircase’, a name given by Australian soldiers to the 2000 steps cut by the Australian Army Engineers and others into the track between Uberi and Imita Ridge.” The 1000 Steps follow a creek alignment up through the wet fern gully, walkers/runners will experience filtered sunlight through the Tree Ferns and Manna Gum as they make their way up, up up. There is always a range of native wildlife to enjoy along the way from birdlife to even the odd Lyrebird. Once at the top you can take the Lyrebird Track, which makes a great return circuit, or continue on some 800m to One Tree Hill.”
  • 17 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Park
“Good sight seeing place, puffing billy stops there. Lake and great walking tracks ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Colloquial Area
“Wineries, strawberry farms, hot-air ballooning, incredible food and beautiful scenery are all highlights during a getaway at Yarra Valley, the region surrounding the Yarra River. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Argentinian Restaurant
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“Ridiculously good food, long lunches.....lively and generous, take Puffing Billy or a local bus home. Or approx 30min scenic drive from house around the hills. Worth it, don’t miss this one!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Establishment
“The main shopping centre on Maroondah Highway is sprinkled with some great shops - food and clothing. Great selection of cafes and pubs. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“In the Yarra Valley - this is an ever changing exhibition space of Modern art works - and a wonderful restaurant and winery too”
  • 21 locals recommend
Park
“Easily accessible bush walk for all ages. Gorgeous tree ferns and boulders. Dog friendly.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Vineyard
“A larger estate perfect for tasting if you love sparkling and a lovely lunch in the brasserie. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
  • 5 Experiences