Updated 24 November 2020
Welcome back to the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges – we’ve got this! We’ve done it all before but this time the region is back stronger than ever. The views and walks are just as beautiful, the food and wine is just as delicious as you remember (how are those cravings going?) and we’ve definitely got the outdoor dining options sorted – so make a booking and spend time with us – Covid Safe!
Of course there are a few adaptations we all need to make, so please do book ahead (many venues are operating on limited capacity and are working with seating times) and be patient and kind to everyone one you meet. Stay in your zone, wear your mask and maintain social distancing practices (we’re used to them by now!).
Note: This list will be updated constantly. 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.
Stay safe – stay well – stay kind
Alowyn Gardens and Nursery - Nursery reopens 29 October, Gardens reopen 30 October. Bookings essential, 4 sessions per day.
Cloudehill Gardens/Diggers Nursery - open from 2 November
Eastern Golf Club - course reopened 19 October
Edendale Community Environment Farm - Reopening Monday, 23 November 2020 | 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM, All visitors must book a ticket for entry to Edendale to ensure Covid safety for all at the farm. Entry is free but all visitors must have their own ticket. Group sizes may be limited dependent on any current restriction. Bookings open on Tuesday November 10 at 10 am.
Global Ballooning - As of the 2 November, will RESUME FLIGHTS over Melbourne and Yarra Valley, taking to the skies once again
Gumbuya World - Reopens 14 November, Tickets onsale now.
Healesville Sanctuary - Reopen to all the metropolitan Melbourne animal-lovers living within 25km of Sanctuary at 9am on Thursday 29 October.
Puffing BIlly Railway - Reopens 28 November
Warratina Lavender Farm - Reopens 29 October by appointment for groups of 10 or more - you’ll have the farm to yourself and get to see the lavender in full bloom (til mid-January).
Victorian Roller Skating Centre - reopens 8 November
UPICK/FRESH FRUIT SALES
Blue Hills Berries and Cherries - Upick season recommences from October 31.
Chappies - Farmgate shop will be open from Saturday 7 November, and every day (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) from 9am until 5pm until the end of the cherry and berry season. No Cherry UPick this season due to COVID 19. Berry Upick subject to availability.
CherryHill Orchards - Upick season from 27 November. Tickets essential. Book online.
Jay's Berries - Open Sunday to Friday from 8:30am till 4:30pm. Upick available.
Kookaberry Strawberry Farm - The farm gate is open for trading 7 days a week from 9AM-4PM. Covid Safe rules apply.
Rayners Orchard - Fruit Taste Adventure Tours recommence 9 November. Cafe and Nursery open
Yarra Valley Cherries - Open and can deliver cherries from Thursday 26 November through to Tuesday 22 December.
Restaurants and Cafes
Alexandra Hotel (regional Vic) open for breakfast lunch and dinner, limited indoor seating, outdoor courtyard. Bakery and takeaway (Accommodation soon).
Babaji's Kitchen - Reopening Friday 30 October. Fri, Sat & Sun - 12pm, 1.30pm, 3pm, 4.30pm, 6pm & 7.30pm, Other days - 4.30pm & 6pm. 10 people per seating: TAKING BOOKINGS for inside dining. Outside dining first come, first serve.
Badger Creek Blueberry Winery - Reopens Thursday 29 October for seated dining and drinks. Tasting paddles at the tables will be only tasting option. Weather permitting, there is plenty of seating outdoors. Bookings essential.
Balgownie Estate - New Balgownie Eatery (a marquee style glass walled space on the tennis court!) opening on November 2
Beechworth Bakery - Open for sit down dining and takeaway
Bam Bam Italian - Taking bookings for Wednesday 28 October onwards, for dinner from 5pm to 10pm each weekday, and weekend lunch and dinner from 12pm to 10pm.
Buttermans Track Winery - Open 12 - 5pm Saturday and Sunday’s for tasting and sales
Chateau Yering Hotel and Elanores Restaurant - reopening 13 November
Coldstream Brewery - Reopening Friday 30 October midday until Monday this week for lunch and dinner. Max bookings 6 people and a 1.5 hour time limit on all seatings. Closed Cup Day.
Coombe Yarra Valley Estate – reopening Friday 6 November. Operating Hours: Friday – Saturday 10:30am - 8:30pm and Sunday 10:30am – 5:30pm. Devonshire tea is available from 10.30am and Lunch from 12.00pm, with an all day menu providing Dinner options until 7.30pm Indoor and External dining options are available. High Tea is available Sunday ONLY from 2:45pm for $55. Cellar Door will be open for seated tastings for wine purchases. Garden Tours at this stage will remain closed. Bookings are Essential for Indoor tables, outdoor tables are not bookable.
Divino Ristorante - Open for Lunch Friday – Sunday (from Oct 31st) and Dinner Friday and Saturday nights. Booking to dine in can be made here
De Bortoli Wines Yarra Valley - Reopening restaurant from Saturday 31 October. Open for MELBOURNE CUP DAY. Bookings are essential.
Domaine Chandon - Reopening Friday 30 October
Easthill Estate - Reopening Saturday 31 October, new owners, platters and wine
Fergusson Winery and Restaurant - Reopening Saturday 31 October. Bookings essential.
Fondata 1872 - Fondata 1872 restaurant will be re-opening Friday 30 October for dinner. Bookings essential. Bookings being taken now.
Four Pillars Gin - Reopening Saturday 31 October. Bookings required.
Gateway Estate - Cafe reopening Saturday 31 October
Golden Hills Brewery - Reopening Thursday 29 October
Graceburn Wine Room - Mac Forbes Wine - Reopens on Thursday 31 October from 5pm for wines and Kate's fabulous snacks. Please check in for regular updates as we get our Bistro back in action!
Grants on Sherbrooke - Reopening 28 October. New seasonal menu.
Greenstone Vineyards - Reopening Thurssday 29 October
Habituel - Reopening seating dining on Friday 31 October plus takeaway Habituel coffee, breads, pastries , Gippsland Jersey milk, Cunliffe & Waters jams, Habituel organic sourdough breadcrumbs and organic flour.
Healesville Hotel - The Cellars is open with a range of wines available by the glass, cold beers and a small amount of food to consume in the garden. The garden will be open for up to 50 guests. Hotel reopens TBA.
Healesville RSL - Reopening Thursday 29 October.
Heartswood - Reopening 5 November for Dine In and Takeaway with themed menus.
Hop Hen - Reopen Wednesday 28 October. Sessions time Wed & Thurs - Open for drinks from 4pm (Session 6-8) | Fri - Open from 2pm (Sessions 5-7 & 7.30-9.30) |Sat - Open from Midday (Sessions 1-3, 5-7 & 7.30-9.30) |Sun - Open from Midday (Sessions 1-3, 3.30-5.30). Walk ins welome but booking guarentee seat.
Herd Bar and Grill - Reopens Friday 30 October for lunch and dinner, seatings at 12pm, 2pm, 6pm, 8pm. Limited numbers so bookings essential.
Immerse Yarra Valley - Reopening 7 November
Incy Wincy and Behind the Trees - Reopen from October 28.
Innocent Bystander - Now accepting advanced bookings for 2 November onwards for guests within 25km radius. Outside seating at cellar door and limited indoor seating.
Kellybrook Winery - Reopening cellar door on Sunday 1 November 1 until Tuesday 3 November from 11am - 5pm. Then open on Saturdays and Sundays ongoing for seated wine tastings, cheese and local produce hampers, drinks and take away sales. Bookings are recommended. Maximum booking size is six.
Levantine Hill – Reopening restaurant from Friday 30 October, continuing on the journey to unearth the land to the East with their Mediterranean inspired menu. Plus brand new winery space opening soon. Outdoor seating provides picturesque views of the beautiful Yarra Valley.
Many Hands Winery - Cellar Door & Restaurant reopening for Friday ,Saturday, Sunday & Monday indoor & outdoor dining. Bookings required 12.00 & 2.15pm lunch sittings .
Mary Eats Cake - Reopens Thursday 29 October, High Teas, al la carte dining under the marquee
Marybrook Manor - PJ's restaurant re-opens from Friday 13 November for dinner. From Saturday 14 Nov, open from Breakfast through Dinner and from Sunday 15 November it's breakfast, lunch & High Tea. Bookings essential - limited to 20 guests.
Matilda Bay Brewery - Reopening for dine-in this Friday the 30 October. Book your table via the Eat & Drink page on their website. Sittings will be limited to 1.5 hour sessions, but don’t worry, we are extending our outdoor dining area! New opening hours kick off this Thursday 29 October are: Mon, Thurs & Sun – 11:30am -10pm (kitchen open from 12pm – 8pm) | Fri & Sat – 11:30am – 11pm (kitchen open from 12pm – 8.30pm)
Medhurst Wines - Re-opening for lunch/wine tasting Friday 6 November
Meletos - Reservations are now open. Bookings are available from Thursday 29 October for all indoor dining. We cannot thank you enough for all your support and encouragement throughout this incredibly trying year! Outdoor dining is walk-in only, as we are at the mercy of the weather.
Micawber Tavern - Reopen from 28 October - Thursday to Sunday for indoor and outdoor dining
Miss Marple's Tearoom - Reopening 28 October. Max 20 people in dining room. Takeaway also.
Mt Dandenong Bakery and Patisserie - now open 7 days
My Little Kitchen - Reopening Thursday 29 October - launching 'laneway by MLK' on Sunday 1 November ( weather permitting). Book via the website.
Nancy's of the Valley - Reopening cafe Friday 30 October for dine in. Limit on patrons in each area = 10 inside, 10 in the courtyard & 4 out the front so take away menu will still be available.
No.7 Healeville - Reopens 29 October. Restaurant reservations are now open, menu is up online, brand new cellar door is humming and outdoor dining space has never looked better!
Oakridge Wines - From 12 November!. Serving lunch from 12.00-2.30pm every Thursday - Sunday. Book online Cellar Door opens with three exciting new wine tasting experiences to choose from. Add a delicious tasting plate showcasing the best local produce and you've got yourself a day out. Bookings are essential. The Cellar Door is open every Thursday - Sunday thereafter.
Olinda Tea House – Reopening Friday 30 October for lunch & dinner (dine-in service). Able to accommodate 20 guests indoors and 50 guests outdoors in beautifully landscaped gardens, undercover decking and garden pagodas. Perfect for events and celebrations. Open 6 days a week (closed Tues). Open Melbourne Cup Day.
Olivigna at Pietro Gallo Estate - Reopening Thursday November
Panton Hill Winery - OPENING For Food and Wine on CUP DAY 3 of November and SATURDAYS and PUBLIC HOLIDAYS thereafter., Booking Needed
Paperbark Cafe at Kuranga Nursery - Reopening Thursday 29 October
Payten and Jones - Reopens Wednesday 28 October from 4.30pm-6pm. Max 60 people. Bookings essential.
Proserpina Bakehouse - Open Wednesday to Monday
Punt Road Wines - Reopening Friday 30 October 2020, 10am - 5pm, seven days, including the Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday. Sit-down tastings and take away sales are back on! Bookings highly recommended.
Rob Dolan Wines - Reopen for service as of November 2.
Round Bird - Re-Open Monday 2nd November for Dine-In, & Online Orders , Click & Collect or delivery
Ripe Cafe - Re-opening for dine-in breakfast and lunch service from Thursday 29 October.
Rochford Wines - Reopening Saturday 31 October for both the Isabella's Restaurant and the new il Vigneto, serving deliciously authentic, traditional Italian wood-fired pizzas and pastas across the entire long weekend, including Cup Day. Taking bookings now via website.
Seville Estate - BOOKINGS NOW OPEN! Cellar door and accommodation will reopen from 1 November. Restaurant will follow for lunch and dinner on Saturday 7 November and lunch only on Sunday 8 November. Bookings are obviously limited so be quick to avoid disappointment
Silva Yarra Valley Coffee Roasters - From Friday 30 October, Roastery Door will be open for in-house coffee and Coffee Tasting Flights Mon - Fri 9am to 4pm and Sat 9am to 2pm.
Sir Paz Estate - Reopening once renovations are complete - please check socials.
SkyHigh Mt Dandenong - SkyHigh bistro is now open for coffee and kiosk items from 9.15am with plenty of outdoor seating, the bistro lunch menu starts at 11am. Pop up bar menu on the front lawn Friday to Sunday from 12pm and the SkyHigh restaurant is open for dinner from 5.30pm Friday to Sunday (bookings required).
Soumah Wines - Cellar door and restaurant, Trattoria d'Soumah will re-open on Wednesday 28 October. Lunch reservations are essential. A la carte menu with $30 minimum spend pp. The cellar door will open for seated tastings every day from 10am.
Steels Gate Wines – Reopening restaurant and cellar door 30 October. With brand new balcony for outdoor dining. Bookings are now open for lunch sessions - Sat/Sun at 11.30am and 1.30pm
TarraWarra Estate -Reopen on Monday 2 November and Tuesday 3 for lunch in the restaurant, plus picnic hampers created by our chefs to enjoy in magnificent grounds. Bookings via website.
Taste Yarra Valley - Reopening Friday 6 November.
The General Food Store - Reopening Wednesday 28 October for it down form 7.30 am. New menu. Takeaway still available.
Terminus Hotel - Reopen the TAB for Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday the 3rd of November from 10am-4pm for betting only, the kitchen and bar will remain closed. The hotel will reopen Monday the 9th of November. Bookings are essential from November the 6th to secure a table.
The Public Brewery - Reopens Friday 30 October.
Tokar Estate - Reopening on Thursday 5 November. Two lunch sittings from Thursday to Sunday- first sitting 11.30am-1.30pm and the second from 2pm to 4.30pm. A limited number of seats will be available for pre-bookings, with the deck area for walk-ins and bookings on the day only.
Warren Glen Garden Centre - Reopen 29 October. The Garden Centre, Gift Shop and Cafe will be open at 8:30am until 5:00pm every day. (Cafe closes at 4:30pm).
Whispering Hills - Reopen 31 October
Vue on Halcyon - Now taking bookings. Opening Saturday 31 October for bridal visits, lunch and wine. Bookings for groups no larger than 10 people.
Watts River Brewing - Cellar Door re-opening from Friday 30 October
Yarra Ranges Estate - Reopening for onsite wedding tours from Sunday 1 November and Sunday Lunch is back on Sunday 8. Bookings essential, limited spaces!
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Icecreamery - Dine in reopens on Wednesday 28 October. All day cafe with door and outdoor seating. Plus picnic packs to enjoy on the grounds.
Yarra Valley Dairy - OPENING SATURDAY 30 October
Yarra Valley Grand Hotel - Reopening 28 October for EAT IN: Lunch & Dinner 7 days (Indoor and Outdoor Seating) Max Table Limit: 10. Bookings Essential via phone 97301230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org| TAKEAWAY: Lunch & Dinner 7 days. | DELIVERY: Thursday - Sunday 5pm to 8:30pm (8km radius).
Yarrawood Estate - Cafe reopens for platters from Saturday 31 October. Cellar door open 10am to 5pm daily. Bookings recommended.
Yering Station - Reopens Saturday 31 October. Cellar door walk ins welcome. Seated tastings only. Restaurant reservations essential prior to visiting. Open 7 days | 10am – 5pm weekdays, 10am – 6pm weekends
York on Lilydale - Reopening Monday 9 November. With limited spaces, visit website to make a booking.
Zonzo Estate - Restaurant will reopen from 28 October. Now taking reservations for Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and Saturday evening for dinner.
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
Montsalvat - Reopening 20 November
TarraWarra Museum of Art - Reopens 28 November
For information about all museums and galleries click here.
TOURS AND TRANSPORT
Tour and transport returned to service. Visit the Tours and Transport section of our website for further details.
Cycling VineTours - now taking bookings
Pooches and Pinot - offering tours from 9 November
Michael Wilson Diamond Jewellers - Open and business as usual with new designs and gift ideas for Christmas in-store and online