Monbulk, Silvan and Mt Evelyn are little villages found along Monbulk Road, which skirts the popular Silvan Reservoir before tracing the eastern edge of the Dandenong Ranges National Park then arriving in Mount Evelyn.
Monbulk was established in verdant countryside which now supports many fruit and vegetable growers. Australia’s well known Monbulk Jam was produced from locally grown fruit, and in summer you can buy just-picked fruit or pick your own from the farm gates dotted along this road. You’ll also find a variety of cafés, restaurants and specialty shops in town.
Silvan is just a short drive from Monbulk. Take a break for a picnic lunch or walk at Silvan Reservoir Park, where there are short strolls and longer tracks such as the 5km Melba Walk, the 5.6km Olinda Creek Walk and the 7.2km Mt Evelyn Aqueduct Track.
There are boutique wineries and orchards around Silvan, along with the famous Tesselaar Tulip Festival in spring. Millions of tulips and other spring bulbs create a brilliant spectacle, while daily activities reflect the farm’s Dutch heritage.
The next stop is Mount Evelyn, where you can take in magnificent views of the mountains, some lovely parks and a popular children’s playground.
Mt Evelyn has a strong railway history, and has converted some former train station buildings into community and visitor facilities. The old goods platform is now a picnic area, and there are plaques and bollard characters which tell the story of Mt Evelyn’s development.