Located at the southern end of the Great Dividing Range, the Yarra Valley offers true diversity. If you’re a foodie, you can indulge in the quality wines and gourmet produce. If you’re a nature lover, you can immerse yourself in towering fern glades, vine-dotted hills and luscious forests with blue mountain backdrops.
We have a number of accommodation options in this glorious region. Balgownie Estate Resort- An Ascend Hotel Collection Member, has 69 spa suites with each spa suite overlooking impressive views of the picturesque Yarra Valley. In the surrounding areas, you will also find affordable options including Quality Inn Baton Rouge, which is within walking distance of three golf courses. Or you can enjoy the elegance and sophistication of the Clarion Hotel On Canterbury which is enroute to the Yarra Valley.
The Yarra Valley has been producing wine since 1838. It’s a cool-climate region which is perfect for grape-growing and boasts a number of varietals including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drop in for a sparkling wine flute at Domaine Chandon, which was established by Moët & Chandon in 1986. Enjoy expansive views of the Yarra Ranges, while you savour a meal at Yering Station. There’s also smaller hidden gems including Whispering Hills, where you can enjoy artisan cheeses and handmade chocolates with wine to match.
We also recommend having a meal at Zonzo, located within the Train Trak Winery. Here you can enjoy a delicious Italian meal in a communal-style setting, surrounded by acres of luscious lawns.
Do you have a sweet tooth? Head down to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. Here you’ll find delectable truffles, delicious pralines, ice-cream and bush chocolate in packaging designed by local indigenous residents. For another sweet surprise, drop into the Blue Hills Berries and Cherries where you will find strawberries, raspberries, loganberries, cherries and boysenberries galore!
Block out some time in November to head to the Healesville Heritage Festival. There’ll be working steam engines and vintage trucks, live local music, historic films, people strolling around in period costumes and even trying their hand at a wood chopping contest! A Heritage Ball will be held at the RACV Healesville Country Club on the Friday night. There’s 200 tickets up for grabs!
Keen to see Australian wildlife? Check out Healesville Sanctuary where you can view Australian wildlife in their natural habitat and a distinctly Australian setting.
The Yarra Valley also has a thriving arts scene. Drop into the TarraWarra Museum of Art and marvel at the works by both local and international artists. There’s also many quirky small artist studios scattered around the region.
Float across the sky in a hot air balloon and see unparalleled views of the Yarra Valley. Hot air balloon rides last just over an hour and do come at an expense. But it will be memorable!
For those who enjoy a solid summit walk, climb to the top of Mount Donna Buang for panoramic views of the Yarra Valley and beyond. This summit sits at 1245 metres and there’s plenty of picnic and BBQ facilities to make use of while you rest.
There’s something for everyone down in the Yarra Valley. Have a fabulous time!