Published 12 November 2020
Discover the hidden gems just around the corner, veer off the beaten track, or settle into a ‘second’ home. New experiences, new places, new ways to soak up nature, enjoy the best food and wine and savour life are right here – regardless of your budget!
There’s more than 120 unique accommodation options to explore.
Pic: Seville Estate Apartments
What’s your ‘stay’ style?
Bed and Breakfast
You love a little history and charm and the feels of a classic yet contemporary setting that offers luxury and indulgence. And breakfast…It’s the best meal of the day – especially with local produce such as Yarra Valley Dairy Cheese, Buxton Trout, local artisan bread and just laid eggs.
Pic: Valley Ranges Getaways
Service to your door, loads of amenities and clean fresh styling are your thing and the ‘stars’ matter. You appreciate the little extras such as gorgeous restaurants onsite and the crispest linen. Luxury with views of the valley and surrounds that are priceless.
- Try Vibe Marysville, Alexandra Hotel, Chateau Yering Hotel, Nightcap at Ferntree Gully, MORE OPTIONS
Pic: Chateau Yering Hotel
Centrally located, great basics covered and the best ‘road trip’ feels. Great for families. Retro spark, mingling with other guests and driving up to your door are the kickers. Plus award-winning comfort and convenience and those tiny toiletries you love so much.
Relaxing getaways in a home-away-from-home. Guest houses are often found on secluded properties offering the ultimate in privacy and amenities. Great ways for extended families to holiday together. Choose something grander than your own home and live large. Plus resident kangaroo populations to watch at dusk and rosellas to sing to you in the morning.
- Try Cheeky Fox Retreat, Rex’s Yarra Valley House, Billabong Falls, Villa Rao of Sassafrass, MORE OPTIONS
Pic: Cheeky Fox Retreat
You love a central location and the freedom of self-contained accommodation that you can make your own. Walking distance to everywhere matters and there’s no such thing as compromise when it comes to executive styling and spaciousness. This is perfect couples accommodation – or even a little single slip away for one – cos we know you’ve all been spending A LOT of time together lately.
Tranquil settings, often with views, self-contained luxury and a little old worlde charm. The cottage stay lets you linger for days on end with a complete and utter slow down all part of the experience. Great for immersive getaways, the cottage life is about choice – go out and see the world, or stay in and simply enjoy the setting. Explore your private garden and soak in a spa bath under the stars with a glass of local wine. Home…
Pic: Nissen Hut at Glenlowren
You’re independent and like to make your own choices. You love buying local produce so you need a great kitchen to prepare fabulous seasonal meals, or at least put together the best grazing platter you’ve ever made (Yarra Valley wine matching is all part of the experience and you’re probably on a mission to restock the home cellar). There’s always bevvies in the fridge and you holiday without wanting for anything.
There’s nothing you like more than greeting the day with a view of the vines. Your appreciation of the red, the white and the sparkling means the closer you are to the action the better – this is as hyperlocal as it gets. You appreciate the finest things in life and being transported to a ‘new place’ – France, Italy, the Yarra Valley – that’s how you roll.
- Try Balgownie Vineyard Estate Restort and Spa, The Farmhouse at Meletos, The George at Yering, MORE OPTIONS
Pic: The Farmhouse at Meletos
Farmstay and pet friendly
Animals matter – your own and the friendly creatures on the farm. You’re looking for the full immersion in country life and acres to stretch out and play (with the family and your four leggeds). You want the kids to discover nature – the dams, the bush tracks, the paddocks, and feed and pet furry things to their hearts content. Quiet solitude and being together makes for the perfect holiday. And if you’re lucky an alpaca might join you for sundowners.
- Try Alpaca Ridge Farmstay, Wiggley Bottom, Home Farm Healesville, Reynella Alpaca Farmstay, MORE OPTIONS
Pic: Home Farm
Caravan, camping and on a budget
Hitch the van, pack the tent, or walk into a glamping pod or cabin that’s already set up and waiting for you. Family holidays are all about the fun of travelling somewhere new, making new friends, splashparks and massive playgrounds. The kids are self entertaining, the mums and dads are BBQing and the pace of life is perfectly relaxed. If you’re after an easy, fuss-free holiday, camping and caravanning in the Yarra Valley will tick every box on list. Travellers seeking community already know how easy it is to make life-long friends! Get local.
- Try Lilydale Pinehill Caravan Park, Warburton Holiday Park, Big 4 Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park, MORE OPTIONS
Pic: Big4 Yarra Valley Park Lane Holiday Park
Book ahead and secure your place – some restrictions still apply.
Accommodation in the region reopened on 9 November 2020 with Covid Safe measures, including contactless check in and deep cleaning practices.
Create a new ‘annual’ holiday here this year (and the next ‘cos we know you will be back).