Australia Day long weekend ideas for Melbourne's Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

Looking to get out this Straya Day weekend? We’ve compiled your checklist for what’s happening in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Get into the Aussie spirit with a BBQ, aussie works burger and frothy at the Healesville Hotel. Take on your boof-head mates in laser skirmish at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, or enjoy an afternoon of back to back bangers with live music at Greenstone Estate. We’ve got you covered for what’s happening this Australia Day weekend.

Garden BBQ at Healesville Hotel (January 26)

Healesville Hotel, Yarra Valley - Australia Day BlogHead down to Healesville Hotel Garden BBQ this Australia day. The team will be smoking, grilling and celebrating the sun in the garden at Healesville Hotel.

Price: Free entry

Time: From 12:00 pm

Where: 256 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville VIC 3777



Phone: (03) 5962 4002


Australia day lunch at The Stables at Stones (January 26)

Stables, Yarra Valley - Australia Day BlogVisit The Stables at Stones for lunch this Australia Day. The Stables Shared Plates lunch experience will feature seven delightful sharing dishes that showcase the finest Yarra Valley produce.

With an extensive regional wine list and a beautiful array of cocktails and local beverages, you are sure to find the perfect drop to enjoy.

For more information, including the menu, head to The Stables at Stones website.

Price: Refer to website

Time: From 1:00 pm

Where: The Stables at Stones, 14 Saint Huberts Road, Coldstream, VIC 3770



Phone: (03) 8727 3000


Australia Day Long Weekend at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie (January 26 - January 28)

Choclaterie, Yarra Valley - Australia Day Blog

Make a day trip to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie this Australia Day long weekend. Sweet celebrations will be in store with classic Australian desserts being the main game.

The Chocolaterie will be going into 'Lamington Overdrive' with the Café serving fresh giant gourmet lamingtons, super-sized lamington macarons and a decadent lamington hot chocolate.

While the traditional ‘pav’ will be given a Chocolaterie twist with a special smashed pavlova sundae. Look out for other chocolate and pastry delights inspired by Aussie traditions.

The Chocolaterie will also be serving a vegemite breakfast pizza, the great Aussie pizza and Trio of Lamb Sliders in the all-day cafe.

The ice creamery has also joined in the celebration with refreshing Beer Sorbet, made with a local brew from Hargraves Hill, and an Iced Vo-Vo ice-cream.

Price: Free entry

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, 35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen, VIC 3775



Phone: (03) 9730 2777


Summer of live music at Yarrawood Estate (January 27)

Yarrawood Estate, Yarra Valley - Australia Day Blog

Spend your Australia Day long weekend Saturday afternoon listening to live tunes at Yarrawood Estate. Stretch out on the lawn with a glass of wine and few of your closest mates, and enjoy a lazy afternoon.

Price: Free entry

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Where: Yarrawood Estate, 1275 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen, VIC 3775



Phone: (03) 9730 2003


Cloudehill Gardens (January 27)

Cloudehill, Dandenong Ranges - Australia Day Blog

Join Cloudehill Gardens for a special twilight Opera this Australia Day long weekend. Bring a picnic, pick up some plants in the Diggers Club Garden Shop and enjoy music and theatre in a spectacular setting.

Opera Victoria and Opera in the Gardens recital featuring Olivia Cranwell, Shakira Dugan, Carlos Barcenas, Stephen Marsh and Phoebe Briggs.

Price: Refer to website

Time: From 5:00 pm

Where: Cloudehill Gardens, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda, VIC 3788



Phone: (03) 5984 7900


Summer Adventure Activities at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort (January 26 - January 28)

Lake Mountain Alpine Resort,Yarra Valley - Australia Day Blog

Experience the exhilaration of a 240 metre Dual Flying Fox, slide down the Tube Run or join in a game of Laser Skirmish. Lake Mountain Alpine Resort has got you and the family covered this Australia Day long weekend.

Explore the resorts track and trail network on foot or hire a mountain bike from the Lake Mountain Café, open for refreshments and home to an indoor Jumping Castle.

Price: refer to website

Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Where: Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, 1071 Lake Mountain Road, Marysville, VIC 3779



Phone: (03) 5957 7201


Greenstone Vineyards Sunday Sessions (January 28)

Greenstone, Yarra Valley - Australia Day Blog

Greenstone Vineyards invites you experience their Sunday Sessions with a glass of wine on their open deck or picnic ground to soak up the ever-changing landscape and spectacular panoramic scenery.

This Australia day long weekend enjoy gourmet sausages, grazing platters, wine, local beer, cider, organic soft drink and juice can be purchased. So sit back and chill or get up and dance, just have fun!

Price: Free entry

Time: From 1:00 pm

Where: Greenstone Vineyards - Wine Club Launch, 179 Glenview Road, Yarra Glen, VIC 3775




LIVE music at Innocent Bystander (January 28)

Malcura at Innocent Bystander - Australia Day Blog

Drop into Innocent Bystander this Sunday for some delicious wine, great pizza and live music with Melbourne-based exhilarting acoustic trio Malcura taking the stage to bring the best latin rock rythms - The perfect way to finish an Australia day long weekend!

Price: Free entry

Time: From 5:00 pm

Where: Innocent Bystander, 316-334 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville VIC 3777



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