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.

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Above beautiful in a hot air balloon

There is something humbling about floating more than one kilometre above the earth. The world stretches out, shifting endlessly as the colours of dawn throw new light on the horizon

Cool down in the Yarra Valley

There are plenty of cool places to cool down in the Yarra Valley. Just heading to the hills, and the endless green of shady trees, will help you feel instantly refreshed but if getting your toes in the water appeals, here are some ideas for waterplay that make summer heat a breeze.

Cycle the family trails of Manningham

See the world differently on a bike. Little legs, big wheels, backpacks laden with high energy snacks to keep the wheels turning. Family bike rides are heaps of fun in Manningham with plenty of picturesque, safe, beautifully maintained trails to explore.

12 Family Friendly Places to Stay in the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is an incredible playground for families – close to Melbourne (so no ‘are we there yets? on the drive), but far enough away to feel like you’ve truly got away. And you’re spoilt for choice for family friendly accommodation, each option a little extra something to delight children and provide parents with a little more relax time. Sounds good doesn’t it!

Make Melbourne Cup a long weekend in the Yarra Valley

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!

General Stores of Nillumbik

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.

Hatted restaurants of the Yarra Valley

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.

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