Discover Nillumbik

Less than 25 kilometres north east of the Melbourne CBD you will find yourself in the area known as The Artisan Hills, a stunning landscape with a wealth of art, history and visual beauty. It encompasses rolling hills, cellar doors set amongst the vines and charming townships, each with its own identity and unique heritage.

Breathe the fresh country air as you cycle along a designated track or appreciate fine food at highly regarded eateries. Visit antiques and speciality stores, explore galleries, artists’ studios and craft markets and imagine yourself as a 19th Century open air painter as you follow the Artists’ Trail.

The Artisan Hills are renowned for offering you a blend of arts, heritage, wine and cuisine in a living bush landscape that can be found nowhere else…and right on Melbourne’s doorstep!

Suburbs include:

Arthurs Creek Bend of Islands Briar Hill Christmas Hills Cottles Bridge Diamond Creek Doreen Eltham Eltham North Greensborough Hurstbridge Kangaroo Ground Kinglake Kinglake Central Kinglake West Nutfield Panton Hill Plenty Research Smiths Gully St Andrews Strathewen Warrandyte North Watsons Creek Wattle Glen Yan Yean Yarrambat

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  • Eltham Market

    Eltham Community Craft and Produce Market

    Specialising in stallholders that produce quality homemade, grown and handcrafted products, or selling fresh and tantalising produce. This market features stalls ranging from food and wine, to sculpture and artworks from local artists. In November and December the market is held on the first and third Sunday of the month. 

     

    Specialising in stallholders that produce qual

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  • Shopping in Nillumbik

    Shopping in Nillumbik

    Vibrant shopping areas can be found in Eltham, Diamond Creek and Hurstbridge and with so much choice you are bound to find exactly what you’re looking for! Or, take time out and enjoy time with friends and family in one of the many cafes and restaurants.

     

     

    Vibrant shopping areas can be found in Eltham, Diamond Creek and Hurstbridge and with so much choice you are bound to find exactly what you’re looking for!

  • Nillumbik Community Events

    Nillumbik Community Events

    Nillumbik plays host to a wide range of community festivals, events and exhibitions, from the monthly Red Chair Artists talks to fun runs and gardening workshops. More details can be found by clicking on the link below.

    Nillumbik plays host to a wide range of community festivals, events and exhibitions.

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  • Edendale Community Farm

    Edendale Community Farm

    Edendale Community Environment Farm is situated on the banks of the Diamond Creek in the heart of Eltham. It offers a range of environmental information and educational programs as well as activities throughout the school holidays. Say hello to guinea pigs, sheep, goats, cows and feed the poultry. Talk to staff or take a self-guided walking tour to learn about sustainable land practices and how we get food products from animals. You can also investigate the life-cycles of our minibeasts, water bugs, stick insects and frogs.

    Edendale Community Environment Farm is situated on the banks of the Diamond Creek in the heart of Eltham.

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  • The Eltham Farmers’ Market is held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, 9am to 1pm.

    Eltham Farmers’ Market

    There are a range of stalls, including veggies, fruit, condiments and sweet treats. On the 4th Sunday of each month, the market will also host a community fruit and veggie swap. The Eltham Farmers’ Market is organised by Local Food Connect Inc. – a not for profit community group dedicated to promoting the interests of the local food economy.

    There are a range of stalls, including veggies, fruit, condiments and sweet treats.

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  • Hurstbridge Farmers Market, Farmers Market, Hurstbridge, Family, CFA, Sunday

    Hurstbridge Farmers' Market

    Hurstbridge Farmers' Market is held all year round, from February to December on the first Sunday of the month from 8.30am – 1pm in the delightful setting of Fergusons Paddock in Hurstbridge. Entry is by gold coin donation with proceeds to the local CFA.

     

    Hurstbridge Farmers' Market is held all year round, from Febr

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  • Sugarloaf, Reservoir, Christmas Hills, Water

    Sugarloaf Reservoir - Christmas Hills

    Sugarloaf Reservoir is an integral part of Melbourne's water supply and a great place for a relaxing picnic or walk. This is a tranquil setting for a picnic or a stroll near the reservoir shores, offering wonderful views across the water. For the more energetic, there is a 15km walk that circumnavigates the reservoir.

    Opening hours: Every day of the year. Gates open at 8.30am and close at 7.00pm during daylight saving. Outside of daylight savings, the park closes at 5.00pm.

    Sugarloaf Reservoir is an integral part of Melbourne's water supply and a great place for a relaxing picnic or walk.

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  • Kangaroo Ground, War Memorial, Dandenong Ranges, Kinglake Ranges, Viewing Platform

    Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Park & Tower of Remembrance

    The Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Tower is built on the highest hill in the district. It was unveiled on 11 November 1926 and is used as a fire-spotting tower in the summer. It offers 360 degree views which take in Melbourne, the north-east suburbs and the Dandenong and Kinglake Ranges. The surrounding park has a viewing platform, toilets, picnic facilities and gardens. 

    The Kangaroo Ground War Memorial Tower is built on the highest hill in the district.

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  • Heidelberg, Artists, Walk, Cycle, Nillumbik, Warrandyte

    The Heidelberg School Artists Trail

    The trail consists of 57 interpretive signs celebrating the artists of the Heidelberg School who lived and painted in this area. It is a self-drive, cycling or walking trail that stretches from Heidelberg through Nillumbik, through to Warrandyte and to the Dandenongs. For a brochure call 13 19 63. 

    The trail consists of 57 interpretive signs celebrating the artists of the Heidelberg School who lived and painted in this area

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  • St Andrews Market

    St Andrews Market

    The St Andrews Market has a vibrant and earthy atmosphere and has been a part of the local community for over 40 years. At certain times of the year special markets are held and in December a twilight market is also held close to Christmas. 

    The St Andrews Market has a vibrant and earthy atmosphere and has been a part of the local community for over 40 years

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  • Diamond Valley Railway

    Diamond Valley Railway

    Enjoy a fun day out riding the miniature trains at the Diamond Valley Railway, which has approx 2km of track taking you up hills, over bridges and even through tunnels, at Eltham Lower Park. It operates every Sunday from 11am to 5pm and selected public holidays. Also Wednesdays during school holidays (except December) from 1pm to 4pm. $3 per person (under 2 free). 

    Enjoy a fun day out riding the miniature trains at the Diamond Valley Railway, which has approx 2km of track taking you up hills, over bridges and even through tunnels, at Eltham Lower Park.

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  • Ponyland Equestrian Centre

    Enjoy the tranquility of a trail ride through the Australian bush. Ponyland has a wonderful team of horses and ponies to suit every rider.  Hosted by experienced and friendly guides.

    Opening hours: Open 7 days.
    Location: Osborne Road, Christmas Hills. Melways Ref 266 A10
    Contact: 9730 1334; ponyland@optusnet.com.au

    Enjoy the tranquility of a trail ride through the Australian bush. Ponyland has a wonderful team of horses and ponies to suit every rider.

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  • Montsalvat

    Montsalvat

    Famous for its architecture, music and poetry festivals, performances in the Great Hall and fabulous art exhibitions, Montsalvat, founded by Justus Jörgensen, is Australia’s oldest artists’ colony and home to practising artists. It remains to this day a working not-for-profit arts centre administered by a board. Set in 12–acres of established gardens, the historic buildings include charming mudbrick cottages and the impressive Great Hall.

    Famous for its architecture, music and poetry festivals, performances in the Great Hall and fabulous art exhibitions, Montsalvat, founded by Justus Jörgensen, is Australia’s oldest artists’ colony and home to practising artists.

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  • Wineries

    Wineries

    Local wineries range from the volcanic hilltops of Kangaroo Ground, across the gravelly clays of Panton Hill and St Andrews, down to the fine soils of Arthurs Creek and Yan Yean. Many wineries have cellar doors where you can meet the winemaker, hear their stories and taste and buy the wine. Wineries and cellar doors vary from contemporary designs to ancient Italian-inspired stone and mudbrick buildings. Some wineries offer meals or platters of local produce as well as galleries exhibiting works by local artists.

    Local wineries range from the volcanic hilltops of Kangaroo Ground, across the gravelly clays of Panton Hill and St Andrews, down to the fine soils of Arthurs Creek and Yan Yean.

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  • Art In Nillumbik

    Art in Nillumbik

    Nillumbik has long been a place of creative inspiration. Artists seeking picturesque landscapes during the 19th century found them in Eltham and surrounding areas. Initially painters’ camps then colonies of artists, such as Montsalvat and Dunmoochin were established. As the years passed, painting and drawing crossed over into architecture and sculpture, music and literature, as talent, and talented families flourished. And the legacy lives on. In studios and galleries, in bookshops and at the performance venues discover the arts of Nillumbik.

    Nillumbik has long been a place of creative inspiration. Artists seeking picturesque landscapes during the 19th century found them in Eltham and surrounding areas.

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  • Tracks and trails

    Tracks and Trails

    The Nillumbik Shire trails network provides a great opportunity for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to enjoy the Shire's natural and cultural heritage. Residents and visitors are encouraged to enjoy the 25 kilometres of urban trails, 6 kilometres of rural trails and many informal trails that run throughout Shire of Nillumbik. Urban trails link to the Melbourne Metropolitan Trail Network and include the Diamond Creek Trail, the Plenty River Trail and the Aqueduct Trail. Other trails of interest include the Heidelberg Artists Trail, Heritage Walks and the Gawa Wurundjeri Aboriginal Resource Trail.

    The Nillumbik Shire trails network provides a great opportunity for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to enjoy the Shire's natural and cultural heritage.