Get out of Melbourne’s hustle and bustle this Father’s Day and enjoy a day of activities in the stunning Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Dust off those fishing rods and wet a line, pack the bikes and get lost in numerous mountain bike trails, fly over the Dandenongs in a vintage plane or discover the region’s finest craft beer and cider. Whatever you choose to do this Father's Day, there is so much to see, do and explore in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges!
Looking to wet a line this Father’s Day? Just out of Melbourne, you will discover some of the best fishing spots including Lilydale Lake (which is stocked with fresh trout yearly) and Warburton’s Yarra River which is roaming with wild trout. For those who don’t have any fishing rods and would like the less messy option, we recommend checking out Buxton Trout & Salmon Farm, Marysville Trout & Salmon Ponds and Australian Rainbow Trout Farm. These farms will supply rods and bait (with a guarantee of a fish too).
Get the adrenalin pumping and take the family out on the region’s finest biking trails this Father’s Day. The township of Warburton is an activity hub and perfect for a day out on the bike with the family. With multiple trails - from easy to hard, you will find the perfect mountain bike trail for everyone. Top 3 trails worth carving up include:
For more information on mountain biking, hikes and trails click here.
Fly over the Dandenongs
Spend a few hours flying in a vintage aeroplane over Melbourne’s Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Departing from Lilydale Airport, the family can enjoy the sights of the region including a birds-eye view of those beautiful rolling hills and dense mountain ash trees.
Get out the golf clubs and spend a few hours on the green with your old man. Top notch courses in the region include The Eastern Golf Club, Yering Meadows Golf Club and Warburton Golf Club. Looking for more reasons to spend a day on the green? Golf has excellent physical and mental health benefits. There’s also nothing more relaxing than getting competitive with your father, hitting a few golf balls amongst mother nature and finishing the day off with a cold beer. Bliss.
Put on your history hat and rediscover the historic blacksmiths with a visit to Mont De Lancey. You and your family will experience blacksmiths forging hot metal and using vintage tools to create objects such as sculptures, decorative items, cooking utensils and much more. This is a unique experience that the whole family love! Pro tip: Top it all off with gelato at Cherry Hill Orchards - Just 5 min down the road.
Beer at Watts River Brewing and Coldstream Brewery
A Father’s Day wouldn’t be complete without finishing the day with a cold one. The Yarra Valley is home to not only world-class wines, but some of the nation’s most delicious craft beer. Watts River Brewing, nestled off the main road in Healesville, has a selection of some of the regions best brews including their famous 6.6% IPA. Closer to Melbourne, you can find Coldstream Brewery - a cosy Yarra Valley tavern with exposed brickwork serving delicious beer, cider and food. For a full guide to the region's finest beer and cider click here.