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A day in the beautiful Dandenongs

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Today saw us off bright and early for a trip to the Dandenongs in what turned out to be a glorious day.

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The Dandenong ranges are a truly pretty part of the world with gigantic trees, steep hills deep valleys and breathtaking sights that constantly demand attention. There are parts that remind us of our still favourite place – Monteville. Healthy, well-managed farms and orchards are everywhere. There is mile upon mile of incredibly well-managed and productive farms and orchards, with a proliferation of berries, fruits and wine.

We started with a visit to the famous Puffing Billy steam train at the picturesque Belgrave station.

We then drove up to the little towns of Saville, Olinda, and Sassafras and eventually to “Sky High Observatory” on Mount Dandenong. We passed some truly beautiful spots but the highlight was when we discovered a hydroponic strawberry and tomato farm.

The owners were only too happy to talk about their 21-year history of commercial hydroponic farming after they learnt of our hydroponics experiments and our desire to start up again when we eventually get back to Brisbane. This farm was so neat and well managed and the strawberries they grew were exceptionally delicious. They don’t circulate the water as we did so we imagine the cost of nutrients would be high but they use no chemicals in controlling pests.

After the strawberry farm, we made our way to Sky High on Mount Dandenong where we were given the most breathtaking views of Melbourne and its surrounds.

The magnificent gardens were tranquil and pretty and Kerrie got some great shots.  She even caught a great shot of a bee in flight. We were worn out but contented after arriving home from this lovely day.

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