About us


Where we are

The Artisan Hills is only 25 kilometres from Melbourne’s bustling CBD; it just looks and feels a world away. Its rustic and semi-rural townships teem with driven craftspeople, whether painters mixing pallets, farmers sowing fields or baristas grinding beans. Wine makers, restaurateurs, retailers, cafe and bar owners draw inspiration from the densely treed surrounds, evident in products and services celebrated by city and country folk alike. Glorious parks, playgrounds, walking and bike trails add to the magic.

Our townships include Arthurs Creek, Bend of Islands, Christmas Hills, Cottles Bridge, Diamond Creek, Doreen, Eltham, Eltham North, Hurstbridge, Kangaroo Ground, North Warrandyte, Panton Hill, Plenty, Research, St Andrews, Strathewen, Watsons Creek, Wattle Glen and Yarrambat.

Who we are

The Artisan Hills is a combined initiative of Nillumbik Shire Council, the Nillumbik Tourism Association, Diamond Creek Traders Association, Eltham Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Hurstbridge Traders Association. It represents a collective and unified approach to marketing and promotion of the Nillumbik Shire region.

The Artisan Hills is a unique destination, easily accessible from Melbourne, that offers a connection with nature and community which is genuine, uplifting and refreshing.


The Artisan Hills' rich, natural environment features many significant plant and animal species and diverse habitats and waterways.

The Nillumbik Environmental Charter states that "Council is committed to enhancing biodiversity, encouraging sustainable built form, reducing our environmental impact and continuing education around environmental sustainability." A number of Council action plans identify how this commitment is put into action. For more information visit the Nillumbik Shire Council website