Yarra valley is a pleasant one hour drive heading towards East of Melbourne. It is home to majority of Victorian wines. It caters to visitors across the globe who would like to experience the three life’s greatest pleasures: 1) scrumptious food; 2) great wine and 3) stunning scenery of green rolling hills against a mountain backdrop. Taste some wines at the quaint and welcoming vineyard cellar doors. Dine in style and sample the region’s fresh local produce used by the renowned local chefs in preparing gourmet meals matching it with the locally produced wines at one of the beautiful restaurants scattered around the valley.
Whilst driving through the picturesque green valleys, we discovered many charming villages tucked into breathtaking scenery as well as the diverse range of accommodation from luxury resorts and spa to chic boutique retreat houses to self-contained cottages aiming to provide an ultimate relaxing break from the stress of daily life.
If you have kids (like myself) there’s also Healesville Sanctuary Wildlife Park that you could visit to keep them entertained for at least half a day. It is home to many native Australian birds and animals like platypus, koalas, Tasmanian devils, lyrebirds, echidnas and more.
Also, visitors don’t generally go to Yarra Valley to see a water reservoir, hence, Maroondah Reservoir Park is not known to many visitors. However, we were surprised (and so will you) by the magnificent panoramic views at the top of the dam wall. It’s an easy short garden walk to get to the top.
TIP: Try to visit when the local Farmer’s Market is on. It’s gourmet food on steroids.