Published 24 September 2019

Once you get to the Yarra Valley, it’s hard to leave. Make the most of your trip with some ‘extra-curricular’ activities with a special bonus for Archie ticket holders.

Come for the Archies, and stay for the delights of food, wine, produce, scenery and more.  

Art-Eat-Play-Stay - the loveliest way 

When you’re in the company of greatness, such as you are when you’re viewing the Archibald Exhibition, it’s hard to imagine an experience that can match it.  The Farmhouse at Meletos will take you to the same beauty high!  Stay overnight in this boutique hotel with a decidedly Tuscan design ethic, and dine at Meletos for dinner and breakfast and experience the true delights of local produce transformed into plates of pure enjoyment. It’s a little indulgent and a lot of lush.  This is how you make life art! More info 

 Free-wheeling art

Leave the car behind, and enjoy the Yarra Valley from a different angle.

  • VineTours offer a range of cycling tours which include wine tastings, amazing views, and a fabulous lunch along the way. If seeing the landscape from a bike appeals, this is a great way to get up close and personal with the inspiring scenes of Yarra Valley, get a little exercise (nothing too strenuous) and have fun at the same time. They’ll even drop you at the Archies when you’re done! More info
  • Shortlist Private Tours is the way to go if you want to tour in style – just you and your bestie being taken care of, wherever you want to go, whenever you desire.  Michael will help you plan a perfect itinerary around your Archies visit and reveal a few secret spots too! More info 

Art in many forms

Cloudehill Gardens is a must see for painters, dreamers, gardeners, anyone really. During the Archies there are free guided garden tours on offer for ticket holders and the opportunity to experience the ancient art of ‘letter cutting’. To truly appreciate gardens as an artform, this is a heart-stopping, awe-inspiring treat. More info  

Art-full produce

If you’ve been to the Archies and can’t go past a great farmers market, then there’s an extra incentive to pop into the Yarra Valley Regional Farmers’ Market at Yering Station on the third Sunday of the month. To celebrate the Archies, participating stall holders will have special offers for art lovers on presentation of an Archibald entry ticket. Enjoy this stunning location and the delicious offerings of local producers. They are always creating something new! More info  

Eat play and stay in the Yarra Valley - the Archibald Exhibition is a great reason to visit - the Yarra Valley is a great reason to stay! Find Your Self.