Belgrave Village with shops selling antiques, art and craft stores, cafes and restaurants; Devonshire tea and other things English; Organic food and other alternative choices. At night, watch as Belgrave lights up with coloured sidewalk lighting.
The Cameo featuring stylish cinemas and an outdoor cinema, with a mix of new arthouse films, quality blockbusters for adults and children, and world cinema classics. The cinema retains its finest historical features from the Art Deco period, together with decorative flourishes from its post-1970s life and a “touch of glamour”. The Cameo remains one of the few architecturally notable, decorative cinemas still operating in Victoria. The Outdoor Cinema, set amidst the picturesque surrounds of the Dandenong Ranges and framed by magnificent trees and greenery, provides an ideal setting for fabulous films and food. Patrons can either bring their own picnic or select from a range of fine mini-hampers and finger food from the Reel Café, adjacent to the Cameo Cinemas. Open December to March. Located at 1628 Burwood Highway, Belgrave.
Tel: (03) 9754 7844. www.cameocinemas.com.au
Belgrave Town Park provides a fine view over the town. It is nicely landscaped for public use. It also serves as a public space for events such as the annual Christmas carols. Visit the 'What's On' page for upcoming events.
Puffing Billy tourist steam train operates between Belgrave and Gembrook. Take in the breathtaking scenery and enjoy a stopover in Belgrave for some excellent food and shopping. For recorded timetable information ring 1900 937 069 anytime or ring the Belgrave office on weekdays from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. tel: (03) 9754 6800. www.puffingbilly.com.au
Trees Adventure is an 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.
Soar through the forest on an array of flying foxes and take on a series of thrilling challenges. Adventurers move between platforms between 2 and 12 metres in height, across a series of imaginative obstacles. There are easy courses for those scared of heights to ‘black runs’ for thrill seekers. Each participant will be fully equipped and trained. The obstacle course provides an opportunity to be daring but also requires participants to take responsibility in a controlled environment, which builds capability and ultimately self-confidence. www.treesadventure.com.au
Glen Garrow Gardens, once Wurundjeri nation land, the estate now spans eight hectares of mostly forest alongside the Puffing Billy station in Belgrave. It features rare trees, including a magnificent 150-year-old Algerian Oak, used as the ‘home tree’ for the adventure courses, the gigantic Sequoia that rises sixty metres above the earth and two Chinquapin – the only known Japanese oaks in Victoria.
Belgrave Outdoor Swimming Pool offers a 33m heated outdoor pool, heated toddler pool, kiosk and lawn area. The Pool is open from November to March. Locaed at 69 Best Street Belgrave.Tel: 9754 2743.
Borthwick Park (next door to the Swimming Pool), is a great park with lots of different types of play equipment, surrounded by lovely shady trees and picnic tables and benches.
Birdsland Reserve is a 75ha bushland reserve and home to many native animals and birds, including platypus. Birdsland is a great spot for a picnic or bush walk, with it's walking tracks, BBQ's and 28ha retarding basin. There is also an environmental education centre on site where the Yarra Ranges Environment team share important information about conservation and sustainable living with local school children.
The Park opens at 7.30am daily. Closing times vary seasonally, please check signs at park entrance for closing time.Birdsland is closed on days of Total Fire Ban. Located Mt Morton Road, Belgrave Tel: 1300 368 333
Belgrave Lake Park, south of the town centre on Park Drive, surrounds a small reservoir on Monbulk Creek. The park features walking tracks, BBQ facilities, a playground and grassy oval, set within a peaceful and heavily wooded environment.
Sherbrooke Art Society is located a little further east of the main town centre at 62 Monbulk Rd Belgrave. tel: (03) 9754 4264. Opening Hours Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesday) 11am - 4pm
Sherbrooke Forest with myriad walking tracks, fern gullies, waterfalls, picnic areas, and birdlife including the shy Lyrebird. For more information contact Parks Victoria, tel: 13 19 63 or visit www.parkweb.vic.gov.au
Grants Picnic Ground has abundant birdlife and the specially surfaced Margaret Lester Forest Track, which allows access to the forest for those with limited mobility. For more information contact Parks Victoria, tel: 13 19 63 or visit www.parkweb.vic.gov.au