Nature & wildlife
Hide away in spellbinding fern glades and forests, amid rugged bushland and perfect blooms, and encounter iconic Australian animals in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.
Towering trees and breathtaking views
Venture into the national and state parks to behold the signature towering mountain ash and dripping tree ferns, dramatic waterfalls and serene lakes.
Stop at scenic lookouts for views of farmland and vines, and the evocative forests. Celebrate the proximity of the snow-covered Lake Mountain to Melbourne.
Swap the bush for manicured nature in both public and private gardens. Witness the riot of colour as thousands of native and rare buds herald spring around the region.
Wild about wildlife
Be captivated by the mimicry of a Lyrebird or the waddle of a wombat as you make your way through swathes of unspoilt forest; a haven for native birds and animals.
Get up close to a menagerie of native creatures in walk-through exhibits and 'meet the keeper' sessions at the famous Healesville Sanctuary. Watch as sick and orphaned animals receive care at the Healesville Animal Hospital.
You'd be excused for thinking every part of the photogenic Dandenong Ranges is a scenic attraction, but make a beeline for some real standouts.
Float high above the Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon for unprecedented views of rolling hills strung with vines, lush greenery and pastures.
Encounter curious Australian animals in regional national parks, or get up close to your favourite creatures at the famous Healesville Sanctuary.
Travel the awe-inspiring Black Spur to see diverse, breath-taking scenic attractions ranging from snowgum woodlands to rainforest in the Yarra Ranges.
Witness seasonal explosions of colour as flowers bloom throughout the magnificent parks and gardens of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.
Gain perspective in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges' national and state parks, with their spellbinding fern glades and majestic trees.