Updated 15  January 2020
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 traditional BBQ, seafood feast and chardy at the Balgownie Estate. Indogle your sweet tooth with some Aussie classics at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and  Ice Creamery, or enjoy a beautiful summery dinner at Holmseglen on Eildon.

We’ve got you covered for what’s happening this Australia Day weekend.

Australian Day BBQ in the Vines at Balgownie Estate (January 26)

Celebrate Australia Day with a sizzling Aussie barbecue and live classic Australian tunes from Tim Green on our outdoor deck overlooking the vines.

Enjoy a delicious traditional Aussie barbecue and for the seafood lovers indulge on oysters and caviar from the Yarra Valley Caviar Caravan All complemented with a selection of Summer salads.

Price: $48 per adult | $18 per child

Time: From 12:00 pm

Where: Rae's Restaurant at Balgownie Estate1309 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen, VIC 3775

Website: https://www.balgownieestate.com.au/events/australia-day/

Email: aeventsco@balgownieestate.com.au

Phone: (03) 9730 0774


Australia Day weekend dinners in Eildon

Celebrate the long weekend with beautiful dinners by our Holmesglen at Eildon chefs.

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January 2020. Set price Table D’hote menu: three courses or two courses, or one course. as well as a Child’s two -course menu.

Bookings Essential. Drinks available at bar prices, no bring your own drinks. Dining on the deck or dining room with spectacular views.

Price: Refer to website

Time: 6pm bookings essential

Where: Holmesglen at Eildon92 Moore Road, Eildon, VIC 3713

Website: www.holmesglenateildon.com.au

Email: eildon@holmesglen.edu.au

Phone: (03) 8727 3000


Australia Day Long Weekend at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie (January 25 - January 27)

Choclaterie, Yarra Valley - Australia Day Blog

Make a day trip to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie this Australia Day long weekend. On Saturday 25th January, children can pipe their own cute creations to take home with various iconic Australian animals to choose from including kangaroos, koalas and wombats. This activity is $8 per person with no bookings required. 

Over the entire Long Weekend, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie's European Chocolatiers and Pastry Chefs turn their hands to mastering some Australian classics. Join at their newly renovated café space with savoury specials and classic Australian desserts such as pavlova and lamingtons available. You will also find Aussie inspired ice cream flavours and limited edition chocolates in their showroom. 

Make a day trip to the Yarra Valley over the Australia Day Long Weekend to soak up the warm sunshine and enjoy a bounty of fresh produce and handcrafted creations. 

Price: Free entry, no bookings required

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

Website: https://www.yvci.com.au/whats-on/

Email: mail@YVCI.com.au

Phone: (03) 9730 2777


Opera in the Gardens at Cloudehill  (January 25)

Nestled in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges, Cloudehill Gardens  is excited to announce their summer Twilight Events Series.

Grab your picnic rug, fold-up chair and all your friends and stroll amongst a maze of gardens in the soft evening light. 

Take in the summer flowering borders at their most floriferous and enjoy music and theatre in the intimate surrounds of Cloudehill’s magnificent Green Theatre.

On the Australia Day weekend, Saturday January 25, Cloudehill will host Australia’s most talented young opera singers accompanied by Sharolyn Kimmorley AM, presenting a program of treasured arias from the classics. The 2020 recital will present the cream of Australia’s emerging artists as they embark upon their Melba Opera Trust professional development program. As it happens Cloudehill’s newly constructed sound shell is especially designed for opera singers, come along and see how brilliantly it works.

Price: Refer to website

Time: From 5:00 pm

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

Website: www.cloudehill.com.au/twilight-events2019-2020.html

Email: info@cloudehill.com.au

Phone: (03) 5984 7900

Rochford Concert Lounge presents Field, See and Mason (January 25)

The talented Lindsay Field (John Farnham band), Sam See, (Stockley, See and Mason) and Glyn Mason (Chain, Ariel) performing acoustic, harmony driven arrangements of iconic Aussie Rock songs from their celebrated Down Under The Covers album. A stunning combination of superb vocals and harmonies, sensational guitar work and classic Aussie songs performed with unique style and a wicked sense of humour.

A stunning combination of superb vocals and harmonies, sensational guitar work and classic Aussie songs performed by Rock Royalty including the music of AC/DC, Icehouse, Divinyls, Crowded House, Daddy Cool, Midnight Oil, Country Radio, Dingoes, Ariel, Spectrum, Paul Kelly, INXS and many more.

Indoor seated concert. Enjoy 400 Gradi award-winning Neapolitan cuisine and Toolangi Wines Cellar Door. Just 15 minutes easy drive from Lilydale. Great parking, dance floor, unique retractable roof, superb rural and lake views.

Price: $29

Time: From 6:30 pm

Where: Rochford Concert Lounge, 878-880 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, VIC 3770

Website: www.rochfordwines.com.au/EventInfo.aspx?eli=367

Email: concertlounge@rochfordwines.com.au

Phone: (03) 5957 3333



Come along and celebrate Australia Day at Seville Hill.  Sit and relax while listening to Frank on guitar and Chris on piano, playing all those great Aussie rock songs. Food and drinks will be available from 12:00pm to 3:30pm

Price: Refer to website

Time: all day

Where: 8 Paynes Road, Seville, VIC 3139

Website: wwww.sevillehill.com.au/events

Email: info@sevillehill.com.au

Phone: (03) 5964 3284

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