The first Italians came to the Yarra Valley to work on the Silvan Dam in the 1920s. Since then, the region has been popular for Italian families to grow orchard fruits and vegetables. Some of the key wineries in the Yarra Valley such as De Bortoli, Stones, etc., have Italian heritage along with produce stores and restaurants.
How to get to the Yarra Valley
By Road - From Melbourne City to Yarra Valley (via Eastlink Tollway) - Make your way onto the Eastern Freeway and travel towards Ringwood. The Eastern Freeway turns into the Eastlink Toolway after Springvale Road. If you have an Eastlink or Citylink pass, continue on the Eastlink Tollway and go through the Mullum Mullum tunnel - make sure to stay in the left lane as the turnoff is straight after the tunnel ends. Turn left after exiting the tunnel towards Ringwood. Turn left onto the Maroondah Highway towards Lilydale. Once past Lilydale, you can choose where in the Yarra Valley to explore. Distance to Healesville from Melbourne is 65km and will take approximately 1 hour by car.
By Public Transport Public Transport Victoria has regular trains heading to Lilydale Station. From Lilydale Station, catch a McKenzies bus to either Yarra Glen or Healesville. For travel to Warburton, catch a Ventura bus.
Where to Stay
There are hundreds of options available from bed & breakfasts, historic houses, motels, hotels and resorts.