Yarra Valley Wine Country & the Spectacular Dandenong Ranges
The Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges region are lush natural havens abundant in premium food and wine. Relax in secluded boutique accommodation by night and explore artisans, galleries and stunning scenery by day.
The Yarra Valley
Indulge in an oases of vine-strung hills and rolling farmland or drift over the lush Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon. Descend to a winery for a breakfast of local produce and sparkling wine. Spend the rest of the day calling at sensational cellar doors and hallowed winemaking institutions. Pick up gourmet treats at farmers’ markets, survey the work of local artists at TarraWarra Estate in Yarra Glen, and finishing with a delectable dinner at a winery restaurant like Locale at De Bortoli, Stones of the Yarra Valley, or Eleonore’s at Chateau Yering.
Natural Beauty in the Dandenongs
Go green in neighbouring Dandenong Ranges, a verdant realm of fern glades, towering trees and eclectic and artistic villages. Climb aboard Puffing Billy, Australia’s oldest steam train, for an alternative perspective of secluded bed and breakfast cottages, sun-kissed gardens and vast national parks.
Disembark in Belgrave and explore the neighbouring villages of Sassafras and Olinda with their eclectic shops and blend of contemporary and traditional cafes serving up mean Devonshire teas and more. Meet the fascinating sculptures of Aboriginal figures in William Ricketts Sanctuary and survey all of Melbourne from the Sky High Observatory.