In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “B+.”
In the words of Molly Meldrum “Do your self a favor”, go into the Dandenong Ranges on a Summer Weekend, pick any of the small country towns and stop for a few minutes (or hours); Belgrave, Olinda, Sassafras, Emerald just to name a few; my favorite would be Sassafras or Olinda. Stop and have a listen to some live country music, wander through the shops; craft shops, clothing shops, antique shops, bric a brac shops, nic naks of every sort, not to mention organic grocers and nurseries. There are weekend markets; craft and farmers markets. Go to Gran’ts Park and watch the tourist pay top dollar to feed Cockatoos and Rosella……….usually getting covered in bird poo and occasionally nipped, very entertaining. Stop in at any of the numerous coffee shops, bakeries, cafes for a coffee, lunch or quite bite to eat and of course there is always a Devon-shire Tea.
Tracks, wow there are so many great tracks on this Mountain. Hiking Tracks, Biking Tracks, Walking Tracks……..take your pick. Due the all the Forest it frequently seems cooler up there, talk a stroll through a dapple, shaded walking track to a creek, a waterfall, a lake……….you will never know what you will find. Don’t forget to take a comfy pair of shoes and a camera. There is also Puffing Billy and Sky High with amazing views across Melbourne (on a clear day) and apparently the view at night is pretty terrific too (I keep saying I will go up at night one day), however in saying that………….maybe give it a miss on New Year’s Eve! Trust me, not worth the effort, the City fire works are too far away to make viewing any good!
Definitely worth a day or two……………there are some lovely little B&B’s up that way too, but we live so close we just drive up. I give it a B+ or A