Taking a long weekend for the Melbourne Cup is just as much an institution for Melburnians as the Cup is itself! Don’t wait until Tuesday to embrace the spring festivities – The Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, just one hour from Melbourne, provide perfect getaway options so you can make the most of the weekend, and if you’re lucky a four-day break!
People, places, stories – we bring the Yarra Valley to life for you with blogs that capture the heart of this remarkable destination. Find Your Self in the history of an award-winning winery, inspired by a recipe featuring local produce or learning the secret locations that offer the best views or the foodie experience that you will never forget.
Get the inside word on where to get the best coffee, find fabulous day itineraries, immersive cultural experiences, and perfect getaway accommodation. Live like a local and wander through nature at your pace jump on a cycling track or maybe for you it's a drive through the majestic forest trees. It’s all here.
Share our stories and create your own!
The Yarra Valley ‘Hatted’ restaurant is a dining experience that is the ultimate in gastronomic delight. A pure extravagance, a culinary exploration, a finely crafted experience of taste, texture and tenacity.
A vineyard wedding and the Yarra Valley go hand in hand. Could there be a more perfect destination to share your love with the world? Vineyards provide visually stunning and highly flexible options for your big day. Indoor and outdoor spaces can be transformed to suit your theme and guest numbers, and there’s always a fabulous glass of wine at hand!
Today’s General Stores in Nillumbik carry the hallmarks of service that we grew up with, and they have retained the charm of laden shelves, and at least one of everything. The general store/milk bar is alive and thriving in Nillumbik and an essential part of daily life.
Whatever the reason for coming to Warburton – you’re participating in a cycling event, joining in a family day or simply out in Warby for a weekend with friends – there is always a reason to stay and explore more in the Warburton Valley.
Football not your thing? That’s fine. It’s still a great reason for a long weekend and there’s so many ways to enjoy a Yarra Valley or Dandenong Ranges escape, just one hour from Melbourne.
Time to get out and about and rediscover the wonders of country life that nestle together right on the doorstep of Melbourne. In less than an hour’s drive you can be enjoying a little lifestyle hack that is sure to have you relaxed, well fed and ready for the week ahead. Gather your friends and take a drive through the towns and open spaces of Nillumbik. Breath in some country air and enjoy some spring sunshine.
Three iconic Yarra Valley destinations: Maroondah Highway– September 21-22,Melba Highway– October 12-13, Warburton Highway– November 9-10 (studios open 10am-5pm) - Immersion in the practices of 46 participating artists-in-studio.
Crafting a perfect beer right now in the Yarra Valley! Yes you heard correctly, the Yarra Valley, home to some of the best wines in Australia is also the heartland of craft beers.
Make midweek marvelous with an art escape to the Yarra Valley that is a palette of gorgeous experiences.