Nature takes centre stage throughout the region. Take the time to be in the outdoors and feel the difference. Explore the magnificent private gardens open to the public such as Alowyn Gardens or the memorable Coombe – The Melba Estate, the former home to world famous opera singer Dame Nellie Melba. Picnics can be the ultimate in a family day out or an intimate day for two to reconnect and wash the worries of the week away. Wander the grounds of Maroondah Dam park and enjoy the roses, rest in an historic rotunda or find yourself on a rug under the branches of a magnificent sprawling tree. Fresh air, stunning views, amazing wildlife and spectacular gardens all make for an entirely wonderful adventure.

Alowyn Gardens

Alowyn Gardens provides an informative and educational experience for anyone interested not only in gardening, but also the enjoyment of a beautiful garden. It has been designed with shade and comfort in mind.

Australian Rainbow Trout Farm

Just one hour from Melbourne, in the Dandenong Ranges, Australian Rainbow Trout Farm offers the thrill of catching fish, with out all the hassle. With Rainbow Trout, Atlantic Salmon, Various size trout ponds, Lake for Fly Fishing or a more challenging experience, Gas BBQs (Cook up your fresh catch right there and then!) Kiosk, Shaded Areas, Mini Golf, Playground, Picnic Area, Disabled Access with Assistance, Car Park and Free Cleaning of your fish you’re in for an action packed, fun filled day!

Big Peninsula Tunnel

An interesting man made formation created in the 1860's that has diverted the Yarra River flow and is now a popular picnic, walk and swimming spot.

Blue Lotus Water Garden

A unique 14 acre display water garden of Lotus and Waterlilles. It can take 1-1.5 hours to walk the garden however most groups usually spend 2-3 hours enjoying the garden.

Buxton Trout & Salmon Farm

A great fun day out for the whole family. Be thrilled by hooking onto a Rainbow Trout or Atlantic Salmon in our picturesque bush setting.

Cherryhill Orchards

Since 1940, the Riseborough family have been growing and exporting cherries all over the world. Now we are open to the public and you can purchase our famous cherries, or pack a picnic and enjoy the views while you pick your own BIG sweet cherries on over 85 acres of our picturesque cherry orchard.

Coombe Yarra Valley

Coombe Yarra Valley
Once the home of Dame Nellie Melba, this is a property with an unrivalled provenance. Seven acres of stunning gardens, beautifully appointed facilities in the restored motor house and clock tower. A truly unique gourmet and cultural experience.

De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate

De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate is where the family philosophy of great wine, food and friends has come together in a magnificent setting only one hours drive from Melbourne.

Dee Road Picnic Area

Located at the top of the Dee Road in Millgrove, alongside the O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail, is a small picnic area with a beautiful view of the valley.

Domaine Chandon

Chandon Green Point Vineyard
Established by French Champagne house Moët & Chandon in 1986, Domaine Chandon specialises in distinctive and delicious méthode traditionnelle Australian sparkling wines.

Eltham Lower Park

With its mix of bushland environment, more formal park facilities and sporting grounds, Eltham Lower Park has proved very popular within the community and with visitors.

Greenstone Vineyards

Greenstone Cellar Door invites you to relax with friends and family. Enjoy a glass of wine on the deck while taking in the best panoramic views in the valley.  Try wines from our Yarra Valley and Heathcote vineyards. Our Sunday Sessions - live music on the lawn - are from January to March 

Healesville Outdoor Pool

The Healesville Outdoor Pool is located in beautiful Queens Park in Healesville. This seasonal aquatic facilities operates from December to March.

Healesville Sanctuary

"Explore a bushland haven for Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary, just one hour from Melbourne in the stunning Yarra Valley."

Kalatha Giant

The Kalatha Giant has survived several major fires in its lifetime, as well as escaping the logging that took many of the trees surrounding it. The immediate area is now protected and is a popular tourist attraction. Take an easy stroll along the boardwalk to learn more about the forest ecosystem and the giants within. The Kalatha Giant is located at Kalatha Creek in the Toolangi State Forest and is approximately 65 metres tall.

Kellybrook Winery

Kellybrook produces a range of award-winning wines, including Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay. Be sure to try their renowned ciders as well.

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