Hide away from the world in the picturesque Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Discover the region's lush natural surrounds and spoil yourself with premium food and wine, secluded boutique accommodation, studios and galleries, and magical gardens.

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, abundant wildlife, and hidden retreats.

Visions of the valley

Drift over the Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon at dawn, taking in the sublime scenery from Healesville to the valleys and rivers of Marysville and Warburton.

Recharge with a breakfast of local produce and seasonal fruit, and then spend the rest of the day visiting the cellar doors of rustic local and renowned international wineries. Pick up gourmet treats at farmers' markets, survey the work of Australian artists at TarraWarra Museum of Art in Yarra Glen, and finish with a dinner to remember overlooking a vineyard.

Get close to native Australian wildlife at the ever-popular Healesville Sanctuary, home to dingoes, kangaroos, wombats and the elusive platypus.

Dandenong dreams

Go green in neighbouring Dandenong Ranges, a verdant realm of fern glades, towering trees and creative communities. Climb aboard Puffing Billy, Australia's much-loved historic steam train, for an alternative perspective of secluded cottages, sun-kissed gardens and vast national parks.

Find your quiet space in Belgrave and explore the neighbouring villages of Sassafras and Olinda. Browse eclectic boutiques, tuck into a decadent Devonshire tea and meet the fascinating sculptures of Aboriginal figures in William Ricketts Sanctuary.

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