With luscious rolling green hills, farmlands, award-winning wineries and countless places to eat, drink and explore, there is something for every to enjoy at Yarra Valley. It is just one hours’ drive east of Melbourne. With much cooler temperatures than other Australian states, the Yarra Valley is the perfect weekend gateway destination.
There are more than 80 wineries in the Yarra Valley that produce fresh, unique and award-winning wines. You can either take a crate of wine home for your private collection or just enjoy a bottle over a meal. While you wouldn’t have the time to visit all 80 wineries but you can still visit some of the best in the region. One of the most famous wineries in the region is Levantine Hill Estate. Some of the other noteworthy wineries in Yarra Valley are Punt Road, Seville Estate, Oakridge Wines, Zonzo Estate, Yarra Yering Vineyards, Balgownie Estate, and Giant Steps.
The Yarra Valley doesn’t just have world-class wines but there are a number of amazing restaurants on offer as well. In these world-class restaurants, you can try some of the region’s delicacies such as pasta, figs, and chillies cooked up by some of the best Australian chefs.
If you are looking for a relaxed, casual vibe then a good option is the Healesville Hotel. The Harvest Cafe is the perfect spot for breakfast and served the most deliciously cooked poached eggs on toast. Ezard and Oakridge are two notable restaurants that are located on the estate of wineries. Both the restaurants have an extensive menu and both serve delicious tasting food.
Hot Air Balloon:
Explore the Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon for a truly unforgettable experience. You can rise above the Yarra Valley at sunrise on a scenic and silent hot air balloon flight, which is one of the most relaxing ways to experience the amazing wonders of the landscape.
The valley has always been a haven for artists. Open studios program is held every year to show the works of contemporary artists living in the area. You can explore the works of different artists, from painters, wood carvers, sculptors, and digital artists who are involved in the program.