Set at the foot of the Dandenong ranges – Lilydale is the gateway to everything that the Yarra Valley has to offer – and is also the home of Lilydale Lakeside!  

Servicing the local social and corporate communities  – Lilydale Lakeside houses CAE and Box Hill Institute Campuses.  

This unique and busling location also boasts the Lilydale Lakeside Conference and Events Centre, on-site accommodation, a 10 Kilometre walking and bike trail, Point of View Café, The Yarra Ranges Public Library, gallery space, children’s centre and Yarra Ranges Tech School.   

CAE has recently introduced a new range of short courses at Lilydale Lakeside.

Short Courses at Lilydale

Smartphone Photography Masterclass @ Lilydale 

Ready to take your smartphone photography to the next level? This masterclass expands on the fundamentals of smartphone photography by delving deeper into the art of creative composition and image design principles. You’ll learn advanced focus and exposure techniques, understand how to work with natural light, and so much more now at our beautiful Lilydale campus. 


Ink & Watercolour Sketching in the Yarra Valley 

This exciting course offers opportunities for sketching En Plein Air, from life, around Lilydale Lake.  Artist Janet Hayes will show you how to create sketches in ink and use watercolour to add colour. Ink and watercolour are quick, easy ways to capture landscapes. This class provides a combination of exercises exploring different techniques with ink and watercolour, and creating finished sketches. Janet will interact with students to answer individual questions. For beginners and those who want to brush up on their skills. 


On Yer Bike! Bicycle Maintenance for Beginners 

Join our experienced bicycle mechanic at his workshop for an introduction to bike maintenance.  This course covers the basics of bicycle mechanics and how to care for your bike, including how to adjust the brakes and gears, changing and repairing tyres, wheel alignment, cleaning and more. 

Bicycle Maintenance

Create a Black and White Portrait From a Photo 

Artist Janet Hayes will demonstrate, step by step, how to create a beautiful black and white sketch on grey toned paper. You will learn the steps to create a unique portrait sketch with a believable likeness from your own photo. 

CAE Short Course - Drawing

Getting to Lilydale Lakeside 

  • Lilydale Lakeside is a 50 Minute Drive from Melbourne CBD and has free onsite parking 
  • Lilydale train station is a 16 Minute walk from the campus 
  • The 663, 670, 679 bus lines all arrive closest to Lilydale Lakeside/Jarlo Dr 

Interested in one of our CAE courses held at Lilydale Lakeside? Reach out to our friendly Customer Services team for more information on (03) 9069 4224.