The town of Belgrave was founded in 1851 and is now a thriving eclectic community that offers tourists and locals alike a plethora of varied coffee shops, restaurants, bars as well as the local Cameo theatre if you’re in the mood for a movie. Belgrave is the last stop on the metro train line and welcomes it’s visitors with mural works which depict Belgrave township in times gone by and modern works showcasing local native animals like the platypus. Whilst you wander the town you will be delighted with the collection of pole people and other works adorning the gutters, placed as a reminder to look after our water ways. It is also home of The Historic Puffing Billy railway and with a blow of his whistle and a puff of steam he will take you further into the Sherbrooke Forest to explore and delight in the flora and fauna found in our magnificent Dandenong Ranges.
Nestled amongst the cool temperate rainforest in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, around 35 km’s south east of Melbourne, is the villages of Belgrave and Tecoma. These towns were originally settled in the 1850’s and are only slightly younger than the Melbourne CBD itself though with a population of just over 4,000, is considerably smaller than the big brother down the hill! Now Belgrave is noted for it’s very strong arts and culture scene and also being the home for Puffing Billy, a narrow gauge steam train that transports tourists through the hills.