While the cherry blossoms of Japan may have their claim to fame during Hanami (cherry blossom viewing season), you won’t have to travel that far to see them yourself! Less than an hour from Melbourne, you can view spectacular avenues of the trees heavy with cascading, willowy blossoms at various orchards and gardens across the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.
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.
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Dogs deserve winter getaways too! It really doesn’t matter to a doggo what the weather is like - say the word ‘walk’ and they are with you every step of the way.
The Yarra Valley, just one hour from Melbourne, is the perfect destination for a Gin Trail. This super popular spirit is enjoying a super resurgence and it’s no wonder when you taste the contemporary gins being crafted today – aromatic, subtle, sophisticated and delicious.
Discover the best places to see Australian native animals and bird life in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.
Every season is a great season for fresh produce in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Every juicy peach, plump strawberry, sweet stonefruit, and luscious berry is full of country goodness - fresh air, rich soil and golden sunshine in every bite.
How did it suddenly become mid year already? There’s no need to stay home these school holidays, in fact the winter break means loads of outdoor and indoor fun and less crowds wherever you go – and we’ve got plenty of options for you and the kids to beat the “I’m bored!”
Melbourne’s closest snow experience at Mt Donna Buang is only an hour’s drive away – perfect for a quick day trip and even better if you plan to stay over and really enjoy the wintery escape of the local village Warburton
If you spend the week yearning for wide open spaces, fresh air and some real time with the ones you love, Find Your Self in Nillumbik this Sunday – just one hour’s drive from Melbourne (and on your way to the Yarra Valley!).
The Yarra Valley is one of Australia’s premier wine regions with a reputation for some of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the country, but the talents of the region don’t end there!
No visit to the Yarra Valley is complete without a walk in nature. Pack a pair of comfy walking shoes and your drink bottle and discover our beautiful trees, flowers and wildlife (you may spot a kangaroo, a koala or even a lyrebird!), waterfalls and mountain tops with breathtaking views.