Hide away from the world in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges region's lush natural havens and spoil yourself with premium food and wine, secluded boutique accommodation, artisans and galleries, and stunning scenery.
Indulge the connoisseur within or spark a new passion for sophisticated food and wine experiences amid the Yarra Valley's oases of vine-strung hills and rolling farmland. Wander into a world of whimsy in the Dandenong Ranges' eclectic shops, ancient forests, prolific wildlife, and hidden retreats.
The Yarra Valley from above
Drift over the Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon, taking in sublime scenery like the Healesville and Yarra Glen vineyards, green valleys and pristine rivers around Marysville and Warburton.
Descend to a winery for a breakfast of local produce and sparkling wine. Spend the rest of the day calling in at sensational cellar doors at hallowed winemaking institutions or undiscovered gems. Pick up gourmet treats at farmers' markets, survey the work of local artists at TarraWarra Estate in Yarra Glen, and finish with a delectable dinner at a winery restaurant like Locale at De Bortoli, Stones of the Yarra Valley, or Eleonore's at Chateau Yering.
Get close to Australian wildlife like dingoes, kangaroos, wombats and the elusive platypus at Healesville Sanctuary.
Natural beauty in the Dandenongs
Go green in neighbouring Dandenong Ranges, a verdant realm of fern glades, towering trees and eclectic and artistic villages. Climb aboard Puffing Billy, Australia's much-loved historic steam train, for an alternative perspective of secluded bed and breakfast cottages, sun-kissed gardens and vast national parks.
Disembark in Belgrave and explore the neighbouring villages of Sassafras and Olinda with their eclectic shops and blend of contemporary and traditional cafes serving up decadent Devonshire teas and more. Meet the fascinating sculptures of Aboriginal figures in William Ricketts Sanctuary and survey all of Melbourne from the Sky High Observatory.