Published 28 May 2019

Long weekends are made for a slow-down kind of magic and the Queen’s Birthday weekend (8-10 June 2019) is particularly special in the Yarra Valley.  

Not only is it the opening of snow season but it’s the opening of several significant art exhibitions in the region and if that’s not your thing then there is certainly the opening of a wine bottle, and the opening of doors to your next new favourite restaurant to enjoy.

Open to a weekend away in the Yarra Valley – pack warm, pack the family and pack in all you can as you explore a world of wonder.

Wild Life

Wine and Wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary - A devilishly good weekend in the Yarra Valley. Healesville Sanctuary is once again teaming up with Yarra Valley icons to bring you a long weekend of food and wine against the backdrop of the Sanctuary's stunning bushland setting.

Let it Snow  - Season opens this Queens Birthday Weekend

Lake Mountain comes alive for ‘White’ Season with snow adventures, tobogganing, cross country skiing and loads of activities. Snow guaranteed! Read our Top Tips for visiting Lake Mountain this winter here.

mandarin, Rayners, Yarra Valley

Winter Fruits to savour

Rayners Orchard Woori Yallock – Mandarin season starts and there’s plenty of Feijoas and Tamarillos to taste too. Enjoy fruits straight from the tree – sun-ripened, fresh and flavourful – like you remember. Take a tractor tour and get a taste for farm life, while tasting the seasonal delights and a few unusual fruits too.

Arts to enjoy – four new exhibitions opening

Fiorella Giarrusso Exhibition at MontsalvatFiorella’s work richly depicts Australian landscapes and seascapes in oils and in water colour all set in a heritage building that is art in itself.

Nillumbik Contemporary Arts Prize at Monstsalvat opening weekend  - with sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles, photography, installation, sound digital, video, performative entries from across the nation. 

Carmel Ritchie and Shelly Michalke Exhibition – Montsalvat's new ‘Journey’s Within’ exhibition opens this weekend and is a quiet contemplation of the maps of our lives. Set in the gorgeous Long Gallery at Montsalvat, this exhibition weaves journey and story together into an immersive experience of the roads travelled, or not.

TarraWarra International, Healesville the Tangible Trace opening first chance to see this stunning exhibition that explores the notion of a trace as a residue or marker of a place, situation or body of knowledge. Six artists, including Australia’s Sangeeta Sandrasegar are presenting works as spectacular as the setting they 


Healesville Hotel is stoking the wood-fired grill in the garden, and preparing Sunday Roast to warm the souls with a family style lunch in the dining room. Red-gum coals, locally sourced veggies and hearty meats. The roast you don’t have to cook yourself is reward in itself. 

Yarra Valley Lodge invites you to put your feet up and enjoy Sunday Roast dinner – a selection of roast meats with perfectly prepared vegetables and a glass of Rochford Wine. It’s hard to image going home – and you don’t have to – it’s a long weekend after all!

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie - It’s Giant Lollypop Day at the Chocolaterie and you can pop in anytime on Saturday and handmake your very own giant chocolate lollypop.  Enjoy a hot chocolate, chocolate dessert, chocolate tasting, chocolate covered world of deliciousness while you are there.

Monday Wine Time

There are so many amazing boutique and smaller wineries to visit in the Yarra Valley and even if you haven’t quite made it off the main street in Healesville, tucked just around the corner in Green Street is Graceburn Wine Room

On Monday its AA Sordo day – a super limited opportunity to sample some lesser known, yet no less fabulous,  Italian varietals of wine including Roero, Barbaresco and Barolo. And of course, Italian themed menu to match. Serious wine for serious wine drinkers!


So many markets – so many villages, so much produce, so many bargains. It doesn't matter the direction you travel this weekend, you’ll find a market to enjoy. Get among the locals, enjoy a change of pace and simply enjoy a direct connection with what you buy and who you buy it from!

Saturday - St Andrews Market, Upper Ferntree Gully Market, Yarra Valley Organic Farmers Market, Belgrave Big Dream Market, Heide Makers Market, Warburton Community Market

Sunday - Eltham Farmers Market,  Marysville Market, Bollygum Market, Upper Yarra Comunity Market

Find out more about our markets here.

Stay the day, or better still a night or two. It's a long weekend after all – make your three days matter.