Published 26 May 2020, updated 17 June 2020

Find Your Self back at all your favourite places

We're really pleased to be welcoming you back to the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges – but we've changed a few things. The views and walks are just as beautiful, the food is as delicious as you remember and the wine is still amazingly good – but to keep you (and us) safe we need to operate a little differently.

Please ... to avoid disappointment and long wait times:

  • Pre-book all activities
  • When possible, make dining arrangements prior to arriving in the region. Spaces will be limited and some venues now have seating times
  • Regularly check this blog and our TAKEAWAY blog so you're aware of what's open, and when.
  • Be patient as we all work out this new way of delivering our fabulous product. 

 

Stay Safe - Stay Well - Stay Kind

Note: This list will be constantly updated. Please bookmark this page and check regularly for the return of all your favourite restaurants, wineries and destinations in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. We’re here and ready, and we will be so pleased to see you again.

Attractions

Cloudehill Gardens – Diggers Nursery will re-open on Saturday 13 June. Seasons Restaurant and Cloudehill Gardens are now open between 8am - 2pm every day for takeaway meals and coffees. 

Healesville Sanctuary – All bookings to be made online, prior to arrival. No tickets sold at the gate.

SkyHigh views and garden – Re-open 4 June with the following hours:  Monday to Thursday: 9am – 6pm, Friday: 9am – 10pm, Saturday: 9am – 10pm, Sunday: 9am – 8pm

 

Restaurants & Cafes - seated

Alexandra Hotel - Re-open from 4 June. Bookings essential. Dinner: Thursday to Sunday | Lunch: Friday to Sunday| Breakfast on weekends. accommodation also available. Takeaway dinner pick up Thursday and Friday.

Babaji's Kitchen – Dining room will re-open from 1 June. Takeaway and delivery options will continue, including street BBQ on Saturday and Sunday.

Badger Creek Blueberry Wine  – Re-open 4 June. Bookings essentials. Drinks and tasting paddles only with meals. Normal trading hours. Takeaway also available as well as cellar door sales.

Bam Bam Italian - Open 7 nights a week for dinner, 3 seating sessions. Bookings esssential.

Coldstream Brewery - Opening 4 June with set times for dining. Bookings essential. Dinner: Thursday and Friday | Lunch and Dinner: Saturday | Lunch:  Sunday. Max 6 people per table, 1.5 hour dining sessions.

Coombe Yarra Valley – Re-open Friday 5 June, Friday – Sunday 11:30am – 4:30pm. Offering two lunch sittings will be available from 12pm with a minimum two course for $65 or three-courses for $75 menu selecting from Winter menu. High Tea is available each day from 3pm for $55. Cellar Door will be open for takeaway purchases only. Bookings essential via website. Max 6 people per table. Seatings for 90 minutes. Credit card required to secure booking. Contactless payment.

Incy Wincy – Café open weekdays 9am - 4pm and for takeaway

Eastern Golf Club – Restaurant will open on 1 June for Members who wish to dine with restricted hours of operation.  ‘Order & Go’ menu is available to the local community for Heat & Dine takeaway meals. 

400 Gradi Yarra Valley – Re-open  Friday 5 June. Friday / Saturday  lunch and dinner | Sunday Lunch plus Monday of long weekend lunch.

Fondata 1872 - Re-opening 5 June. Book now. Takeaway menu will also be available Friday-Sunday 4pm-8pm as well as "Fondata at Home" heat at home each week.

Graceburn Wine Room – Re-open doors on 1 June. Mac Forbes Cellar Door will offer wine flights enjoyed with a bite to eat and Graceburn Bistro, a night of intimacy  on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings from 5pm (Thursday offers three courses at $50 per person, with Friday & Saturday four courses at $70 per person). The "Feed Me" menu is complemented with Mac Forbes wines, plus an extensive Friends List chosen by Mac. Bookings online via OpenTable, website or via email. Credit card details required for 'no show' policy. Hours: Thursday to Saturday, 12-11pm (Bistro from 5pm) | Sunday & Monday, 12-6pm.

Healesville Hotel – Dining Room re-open from 5 June. Lane Way/Street Food open.

Innocent Bystander  – Re-opening 3 June midday to 8pm, Wednesdays to Sundays for dine in and takeaway. New menu, with all the  favourites and new dishes by Chef Michael. Bookings are essential, seatings are for 90 minutes and a minimum spend of $35 per person applies for dine-in guests. No touch or single use menu options and increased cleaning and hygiene processes. Bookings and menus will be available online.

Mandala Wines and DiVino Ristorante – Open on weekends only from 6 June. Open Monday 8 June (public holiday). DiVino will be open for two sittings between 12pm - 4pm. First sitting is from 12pm until 1:30pm and the second will be from 1:45pm to 3:15pm. Cellar Door will be open at these times for wine sales only. Bookings will be essential as there will only be 20 people allowed.

Mary Eats Cake – Re-opening 4 June for in-house High Tea, max 20 people, tickets required . Closed Monday & Tuesday

My Little Kitchen – Re-opening cafe from 1 June. Book online. Takeaway ongoing.

Nightcap at York on Lilydale – Now reopen

Nightcap at Ferntree Gully – Now reopen

No 7 Healesville – Re-opens 4 June. Thursday to Sunday every week for lunch, with dinner services operating Friday and Saturday nights only. Offering a two-course set menu for lunch ($45) and a Chef's Selection, shared style menu for dinner services ($60). Due to the limited capacity of 20 guests, bookings are essential.

Olinda Tea House – Re-opening Friday 5 June, resuming normal trading hours thereafter (Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday-Sunday 10am - 10pm).  Also offering 6 separate dining spaces: Main Dining Room, Forest Function Room, enclosed decking, VIP Pavilion 1, VIP Pavilion 2, VIP Room 3 –  to maintain social distancing & provide a safe dining experience that guests can feel confident in. 

Rae's at Balgownie Estate  – Restaurant: Rae’s open : Friday lunch & dinner  | Saturday: breakfast, lunch and dinner |  Sunday: breakfast, lunch and dinner  |Monday: breakfast only  

Round Bird Can't Fly – Now open for dine in. Max 40 people. Bookings recommended. New menu

Seville Estate – Private dining experiences Saturday and Sunday, with 5 course menu - with or without matching wines. Private dining spaces have open fireplaces, views and private bathroom facilities. Limited seating, groups 7-10. Bookings essential.

Soumah of Yarra Valley – Trattoria d'Soumah – Re-open from 1 June with a delicious new winter menu. Restaurant open 7 days, 11:30am to 4pm on weekends and 11:30am to 3pm on weekdays. With two seatings per day, bookings are essential. Currently cannot offer wine tasting at the Cellar Door but diners can order wine flights and from our extensive wine list. Open as normal on Queen’s Birthday holiday, Monday 8 June. Cellar Door open 10am to 5pm, seven days a week for wine sales only.

Steels Gate Wines – Candlelight dinners every Saturday night starting 27 June.

SkyHigh Bistro – Will re-open 4 June – Breakfast:  Takeaway from 9.15am 7 days a week, Lunch: from 1pm to 3pm 7 days a week, Dinner: from 5.30pm Thursday to Sunday, Takeaway food and drinks are available – 9.15am – 6pm every day. Read more about new restaurant seating options and updated menu and social distancing practices here

TarraWarra Estate – Restaurant re-opening 5 June. Select from 2 or 3 course set lunch menu, offered Friday to Sunday. Two sittings each day. Bookings essential. Takeaway cellar door sales also.

Taste Yarra Valley – Re-opens 5 June. Warm yourself with our new expanded menu including the legendary "Tastie" toasted sandwich, winter soups and super luxury Lindt hot chocolates.  Famous tasting flights and selection of cheese platters and hunters’ boards.  Table rotations  begin at noon, 1.30pm, 3pm, 4.30pm, 6pm and 7.30pm. We suggest you book ahead to avoid disappointment. Call Shane on 0439 312 109 or 5966 5336. Please note that meals must be served to all customers. Wines by-the-bottle at a 10% discount. 

The General Food Store  – Reopening 18 June. Dine in and takeaway menu, 7 days.

The Upwey Belgrave RSL – Re-opening 3 June.  Kitchen will be operating from Wednesday to Sunday 5.30pm - 9.30pm.  Offering sit down meals and full table service.  Delivery and take-away services will continue.  Bookings essential by calling 9754 3665 or 0498 283 883.  Prefer contactless payment.

Warratina Lavendar Farm –  The Tea Room will re-open for sit down from 1 June between 9am - 4pm. Limited menu for the first weeks including Savoury muffins with butter, Warratina scones (plain & lavender) with homemade raspberry jam & cream, hearty soup served with toasted herb bread and drinks available.  10 persons seated with 1.5 metre space between, outdoor seating up to 20 with adequate space.

Yarrawood Estate – Café re-opens in July  for lunch daily.  Offered over two sittings: 11:30am-1:30pm and from 2pm-4pm. Reservations are essential. Please call 03 9730 2003 or  email. Cellar Door currently open 7 days for takeaway wine sales.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Icecreamery – Showroom open 9am – 5pm every day for customers to purchase delicious chocolates. Also offer a ‘click and collect’ service and can deliver Australia wide with customers able to purchase our hundreds of chocolate products online here. Welcoming guests to dine-in our café from 1 June.  20 people per space ( with 3 spaces and total 60 guests), distanced tables, taking contact details for tracing and more.  Take-away also available. Also offering a range of kits to make your own sweet creations in your kitchen including fondue kits, brownie making kits, lemonade scones, kids chocolate making, gourmet bar making and more. The annual Brownie Festival will be running from Wednesday 10 June to Sunday 28 June when customers can discover a bountiful array of 16 flavours. The brownies will be available to enjoy in our café or to take home, as well as tasting packs of all 16 flavours, at home baking kits, brownie inspired desserts and beverages and more. Facebook livestreams continue  to highlight other at home kits and special events, plus more behind the scenes of our Chocolatiers and Pastry Chefs at work. 

Yarra Valley Dairy –  Re-open for dining from 1 June, Thursday - Monday between 10:30am – 5pm. 50 minute sittings only. Max 6 people to each of our large tables.  Bookings will be prioritised 9739 1222.  Individual platters for one only available for dine in plus coffee/tea/wine. Retail cheese sales and takeaway cheese boxes available. 30% off retail and homewares/25% off alcohol.  No tastings until further notice.  CLOSED TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY.  All customers will be required to provide contact details

Yarra Valley Grand Hotel –  Re-opening 4  June 2020. Dining at the Hotel: Thursday 5pm – 8.30pm, Friday 5pm – 8.30pm Saturday 5pm- 8.30pm, Sunday 12pm – 3.30pm and 5pm – 8.30pm | Takeaway and Delivery: Thursday 5pm – 8.30pm, Friday 5pm – 8.30pm, Saturday  5pm- 8.30pm, Sunday  5pm – 8.30pm

Restaurants & Cafes - takeaway only

See our Takeaway  and home delivery blog 

Cellar Doors  

Balgownie Estate – Cellar door open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm tastings by booking only 

Buttermans Track - Open weekends

De Bortoli – Cellar door now open for wine tastings every day from 1 June. 10am - 4.30pm for sales.  All tastings are by appointment. Tastings will be complimentary from a cellar door selection of wines. Tastings will be a duration of 1/2 hour with an extra 15 minutes for purchasing.  At the moment, we are offering 15% off any 6 wines and 10% of any items from the retail shop. Wine packs available from $50.

Easthill Estate – Open Sundays

Fergussono Winery – Open during operating hours for wine sales only. Delivery 7 days.

Four Pillars Gin – Ongoing

Greenstone VIneyards – Open starting 4 June 2020. Open hours are Thursday through to Monday 10:00am – 5:00pm. Offering  seated tasting for small groups,  Gourmet pies and Gourmet sausage rolls, served with fries, salad and relish. Booking is essential.

Kellybrook Winery – Re-opening our cellar door this weekend. Open on Saturday (10am - 5pm) and Sunday (11am - 5pm) for free seated tastings (maximum of 4 people in a group) and takeaway sales of our wines, Kelly Brothers ciders and Riders Brew Co beers. Bookings will be highly recommended via email or  phone 9722 1304. 

Many Hands Winery – Re-opening Cellar Door 5 June. USUAL TRADING DAYS - Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Two sitting times 12.00pm and 2.00pm. Maximum duration 2 hours. Set menu of 2 courses $50 per head. Most of our usual menu items included. Bookings essential  email or telephone  0400 035 105.

Payten and Jones – Ongoing 

Punt Road Winery and Napleone Cider – Re-opening of cellar door for tastings – under strict guidelines we are able to offer seated tastings for groups of two to eight people as well as take home bottle sales. For groups larger than five, please note we do not have the capacity to change our table configurations, you must reserve two tables of four and we may not be able to seat your party together. | Thursdays to Mondays 10am – 5pm. Open Monday 8 June for Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday. Tour groups/companies please contact the cellar door directly to enquire about availability. We are currently only offering wine tastings and take home wine and cider sales.

Sedona Estate – Re-opening Cellar Door for wine tastings on 4 June. Please book your tasting experience in advance via  website.

Yarrawood Estate –l Cellar Door currently open 7 days for takeaway wine sales.

Yering Farm Wines – Cellar Door is open weekends 10am-4pm. Visit for a seated wine tasting,  enjoy a glass or two of wine alongside the Pruner's Platter, or stock up the cellar with takeaway wine and cider sales. Strict guidelines and protocols will be in place and as there are capacity restrictions, please book via the 'contact us' page on our website. 

 

Cellar Doors - winery restaurant

De Bortoli – ‘Locale’ restaurant (Cafe) open from 1 June from Thursday-Monday inclusive.  No Saturday evening dinners will be offered at this stage.   

Domaine Chandon – Re-opens 1 June. Reservations only (food & beverage packages available in the lounge bar & restaurant). Lounge Bar (1-hour booking) - Food only options,Food & wine options   | Restaurant (1.5-hour booking) - Two-course dining (wine pairings optional), Three-course dining (wine pairings optional) | Vegan menu and children’s menu available upon request. Contactless payment preferred

Dominique Portet – Re-open from 5 June. Bistro (Prix Fixe Lunch) plus Cellar door.

Fergusson Winery – Re-opening 5 June,  Friday to Sunday only until further notice.  (also Monday Queen's Birthday long weekend) Friday 11.30am until close generally around 3.30pm | Saturday Breakfast 9am - 11am & Lunch 11.30am - close | Sunday Breakfast 9am - 11am & Lunch 11.30am - close. Booking essential   via email. Cellar door will be open during operating hours for wine sales only.  Wine delivery 7 days a week.

Levantine Hill – Re-opens 25 June. Exciting new food and wine offer unearthing the land of the East. Full lunch menu, bespoke menu items and snacks with matched wines.

Medhurst Wines – Will open for Queen’s Birthday Weekend 6-8 June only. Pre-pay event - Bookings essential! No wine tasting. Enjoy a 2 Course Set menu $50 per person. 2 sittings per day limited to 20 people per sitting | 11.30 am  - 1.30pm | 2.00 pm -  4.00pm.  6 people max per table. Will then close until 22 June and re-assess based on further easing of restrictions.

Nillumbik Estate – Open for in-house dining (as well as take-away), from 5 June. Bookings can be made on website. Places are limited.

Massaros – Private Dining starting 4 June!  Gather your family and friends to celebrate life! Bookings are required. Taking bookings for private dining with maximum of 20 guests for each lunch and dinner sitting. |Lunch 2 hours, 11am - 1pm, 1pm - 3pm, 3pm - 5pm | Dinner sittings, 5pm - 7pm, 7pm - 10pm

Nillumbik Estate Winery – Open for in-house dining & take-away sales. Bookings can be made @ https://www.opentable.com.au (*conditions apply)

Panton Hil Winery - Open weekends for food and wine. Bookings required 

Rochford Wines – Re-opening 1 June with curated 2 or 3 course lunch menu ranging from $55-$65 per head. Sessions at 11.30am and 1.30pm. Bookings essential. 400 Gradi will re-open 5 June.  | Rochford Cheese House: Friday Saturday & Sunday - Wine Cheese & Fondue for $58 per person 11:30am and 2:30pm. Takeaway and deliveries ongoing.

Sutherland Estate –  Cellar door will be re-opening again from 6 June.  Open the three days over the long weekend, then weekends only 10am-4pm. Offering complimentary seated tastings and bookings are requested by phone or email to avoid wait times.  Accommodation is also open again and taking bookings.

Yering Station – Re-opens 3 June. Taking limited reservations so be sure to book to secure your table. Restaurant open from Wednesday through to Sunday between 11.30am and 3.30pm for 1.5 hour sittings for  à la carte menu on weekdays and either 2-3 courses or our Trust the Chef menu on weekends. ⁠

Zonzo Estate – Re-opening 17 June, Wednesday to Sunday for lunch. Spaces limited to 20 guests per enclosed space across sitting times.  Our $55 per person Set Menu will apply to all members in the group. Pre-payment will also be required to secure all reservations. 

 

Accommodation

Balgownie Estate –  Accommodation: Friday, Saturday and Sunday night stays | Natskin day spa Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday 

Botanica Editions – House and garden bookings from 1 June with multiple night discounts.

Chateau Yering Historic House Hotel – Accommodation is re-opening from 5 June. For the month of June,  taking reservations for check-ins from Friday to Sunday.

Clarendon Cottages – Open 1 June. Warming Winter Special – Stay two or more nights mid-week for a 10% discount on standard nightly rates and enjoy a complimentary home-made soup and cheesy pizza!

Kangaroo Ridge ­– Re-open from 1 June

Glenlowren – Open since 1 June. Offering private and secluded accommodation surrounded by nature - extensive gardens, vineyards and farmland. 

Lyrebird Cottages – Open for business from 1 June. Taking bookings now! 

Oscars of the Yarra  – Now re-open for stays

Sage Hotels – Open for accommodation (no food and beverage)

Seville Estate – Accommodation now taking bookings in vineyard apartments

Valley Ranges Getaways – All accommodation properties re-open 1 June. Taking bookings now.

Wiggley Bottom Farm – Now taking bookings

Yering Gorge Cottages – Open 1 June. Offering a mid-week ‘Stay 3 Pay 2’ Winter Promotion and a  ‘Stay 3 & Save’ offer which includes weekend stays.  All accommodation packages are subject to availability and exclude the Victorian school holiday period.  

See all accommodation here: Yarra Valley | Dandenong Ranges

 

Events

Shortest Lunch at Home 1 May - 30 June  – Details to come

 

Activities

Alowyn Gardens - Nursery open now.

Cameo Cinema – Re-open 22 June

Lake Mountain Alpine Resort –  Resort Entry from 1 June to 6 June is free but tickets esential to manage people numbers. Book here Rental gear is only available in Marysville or Narbethong.  No rental gear will be available at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort. No food and beverage outlets will be available during this week. Public BBQs will remain closed. Public bathrooms will be open with strict social distancing and hygiene requirements enforced.

Eastern Golf Club – Golf is available to Club Members and Guests only. The Eastern Golf Club restaurant will open on 1 June for Members who wish to dine with restricted hours of operation.  ‘Order & Go’ menu is available for local community for Heat & Dine takeaway meals. 

Forging Ahead - Open for classes and studio by appointment

Global Ballooning – Open and ready to fly from 6 June! New procedures in place to ensure the safety of our team & passengers -  see here

Marysville Golf Club – Open with contact free booking and payment

Warburton Golf Club – We are open to members and green fee players, you need to book

Yarambat Golf Course – Open. Bookings essential. Max 10 in driving range

Museums and Galleries

Able to re-open from 1 June - more details to come

Montsalvat –  Montsalvat will initially be be operating on LIMITED OPENING HOURS from 11 June – Thursday - Sunday 10am - 4pm  (PLUS Special Queens Birthday Weekend schedule, which will be 10am - 4pm each day on the  6,7&8 June). Online bookings essential.

Stonehouse Gallery Warrandyte – Opening hours for July and August are  11am - 4pm  Wednesday - Sunday 

YAVA Gallery and Arts Hub – Open Weekends 11am - 5pm for 6 June

Tours

Cycling VineTours - Now re-opened

Yarra Valley A2B – Available for private charter from 1 June. Taking bookings.

Hop It – Virtual tasting experiences. |Upcoming tastings: Friday 12 June 2020 6:30pm - Bastardo and Graciano by Steels Gate Wines paired with Cuvée Chocolate | Friday 19 June 2020 6:30pm - JimmyRum & Cuvée Chocolate. Book here

Pooches & Pinot - are excited to be up and running again, offering their PRIVATE wine tours for a maximum of 6 people with their dog, visiting the smaller boutique cellar doors, available 7 days.  Their prices, tour types and availability is all on their website - poochesandpinot.com.au

Shortlist Private Tours – Will be re-commencing ‘Covid Safe’ tours to participating Winery Cellar Doors and other tourism attractions for couples and small groups (up to 6pp only) from Wednesday 1st July.

Wine Compass – Now open. Tours booked in June are heavily discounted so book early as places are limited.