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Fernglade on Menzies

Eastern Dandenong Ranges, Yarra Valley, Victoria  


Situated in a tranquil valley 1km from Emerald village in the lovely Dandenong Ranges of the Yarra Valley & Cardinia Shires. Fernglade Homestead has provided guests with quality hosted accommodation in Emerald for twenty years. With reviews in the 98% positive and achieved a consistant gold award winning industry 4,5 Star rating.  

"Now a private residence"

Fernglade is now a private residence and no longer operating as an accommodation provider for the region. It has been a joy and honor to have continued the herritage  of offering stays at the homestead. The time has come for us to remodel the homestead, grounds and gardens. The complexity of some of these  which include restoration of the herritage Olive Tin House, Astronomy Observatory, optical collimation laboratory, knot garden and an expanded live steam railway. In order to facilitate these we are unable to offer accommodation during this time.

"A beautiful hidden treasure; just perfect"

The unique homestead is set in three acres of landscaped and forest gardens offering  a quiet retreat. Peaceful gardens have hidden treasures of a live steam  Ride on Railway, a private Astronomy Observatory, secluded creek walk  and friendly sheep.



Fernglade Homestead has four private open plan studio-apartment suites.

Each suite is equipped with everything needed for a short break.

We offer Spa suites (2 adults) for a romantic couple escape and Family suites  (4 plus infant) to enjoy precious time together.

The Homestead is also available for your elopement  please email




We include your choice of a full cooked or continental style breakfast served to your your suite. 

We can meet most special dietary or allergy considerations, just tell us.

Free Wifi

We include free WiFi, LCDHDTV, free parking, free sheep feeding, and day railway membership 


We offer 3 acres of picturesque garden to explore, which includes a 5-inch gauge ride on railway, creek picnic walk and observatory.

Check in

Check in from 3:30 pm

Check out 10:30 am

Please ask at time of booking if you wish an early check in or late check out.  Due to  preceding or follow on bookings we are not always able to provide this. 

Our Sheep

For those special family moments Fernglade has child friendly sheep. Guests can enjoy feeding and petting these affectionate animals.

In-Room Dining Service

We provide full in suite and garden restaurant service. Please contact us when booking for our current menu  and to take advantage of this service.





Wineries to Visit


For our guest we offer our own Satnav and printed winery guide. "Dive yourself Best wines tour of the region".

Astronomy at Fernglade


Fernglade is equipped with state of the art goto telescopes for astronomy..

Book now for your personal night sky tour with our resident NASA-ESA space expert 

Cultural Events
Contact us for whats on:- Puffing Billy Race, Performing Arts Festival (PAVE), Tulip Festival, Easter Parade, Halloween Street Parade, ANZAC, First Australian Heritage, Highland Festival. and more.
Insect Safari at Fernglade


Join in our guided BUG adventure science walk. Explore this fascinating world on safari lead by our resident bug expert who has flown spiders on the NASA Space Shuttle!

Village Markets


Delight in  exploring the village markets of Belgrave, Emerald, Cockatoo and Gembrook.

Fernglade Ride on Railway


Fernglade features a private  5 inch gauge Ride on Railway that winds it's way through the 3 acre garden. Locomotives include live steam and diesel-electric.

Visiting locomotives welcome.


A beautiful hidden treasure; just perfect"

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