The name Mountain Rest was inspired by a women’s guesthouse of the same name that operated in Montrose in the early 1900s by the Yeaman family. During the demolition of the guesthouse in 1980, the original Cottage built by Robert Riddett in 1887 was discovered, moved and restored by the Lillydale Shire Council & Montrose Rotary Club. This piece of Montrose history – Robert Riddett’s Cottage can be seen next to the Montrose Town Centre, walking distance from Mountain Rest B&B.
Montrose is the northern gateway to the Dandenong Ranges National Park, located in Melbourne’s east, and is a short drive to the Yarra Valley.
The hub of Montrose is a source of connection and activity with the Town Centre complex which hosts music concert series, mid-week meeting spaces, school holidays programs and a library. The Town Centre is surrounded by landscaped gardens, a war memorial, Robert Riddett’s cottage and the Montrose Brickworks Heritage Trail that extends through the gardens and commemorates the town’s only main industry in the 1920s – the brickworks. Bricks originally manufactured here have been used to create a series of educational signs along the trail.
The thriving shopping strip opposite the Montrose Town Centre keeps busy with restaurants and food hot spots serving breakfast, lunch and dinners. Mary Eats Cake and Handorfs Fine Chocolates are walking distance from the Town Centre bringing couples, families and friends together to share a treat.
Montrose has an extensive array of parks, reserves and sporting grounds which provide ovals, tennis courts, bicycle tracks, horse riding trails and walking tracks including the popular Kevin Heinze People’s Garden, tucked in behind the shops.
The towering peaks of Mt Dandenong and Mt Corhanwarrabul provide a stunning backdrop to connect, explore and discover all that this town and region has to offer.