ATTRACTIONS IN THE YARRA VALLEY
This century-old steam train continues to run on its original mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook in the magnificent Dandenong Ranges40kms east of Melbourne.Puffing Billy was built to serve at the turn of the century and is a genuine relic of our more leisurely days. The Railway is the major survivor of four experimental lines used to develop rural areas in the early 1900s.Puffing Billy Railway is now a major tourist attraction and operates every day except Christmas Day, thanks to the tireless efforts of more than 900 dedicated volunteers.
YARRA VALLEY WINERIES
Find yourself in the award winning Yarra Valley vineyards, cellar doors and wineries of the delicious Yarra Valley. Wander the back roads, discover the secrets, share the stories and shake the hands that picked the grapes. Yarra Valley is a must visit for wine enthusiasts eager to taste our extensive selection of Vineyard and Reserve wines. Enjoy a meal, visit Cellar Doors of the many vineyards in the area.
Located on a 250-acre estate, this gracious five star hotel is an easy 50 minute drive from Melbourne.Chateau Yering Hotel is an awe-inspiring blend of stunning heritage-listed gardens and a restored 1854 Victorian Mansion. It offers 32 individually designed suites, Eleonore’s Restaurant, Sweetwater Café & private function rooms with spectacular views across the Yarra Valley.
Start your Yarra Valley day with a sunrise hot air balloon experience with Global Ballooning Australia. Well known for it's countryside glamour, wildlife and wine varieties. Hot air balloon flights began here by Global Ballooning Australia in 1992 and have been a popular region to fly balloons ever since.
YARRA VALLEY CHOCOLATERIE & ICE CREAMERY
Visitors are welcomed with a spectacular showroom filled with thousands of chocolates, an ever-changing array of freshly made pastries, desserts and artisan ice creams and an all day café using ingredients from the kitchen garden. You can join daily hosted tasting sessions, hands on chocolate making classes for all ages and one of the many special events, or simply watch Chocolatiers at work through giant viewing windows.
YARRA RANGES NATIONAL PARK
Cradling the Yarra River headwaters and much of Melbourne’s water catchment, the park features majestic Mountain Ash trees.
Visit the Rainforest Gallery with its spectacular observation platform and rainforest walkway on the southern slopes of Mount Donna Buang. Enjoy cross-country skiing and tobogganing at Lake Mountain. Drive the world famous Black Spur between Healesville and Narbethong, continue through to Marysville stopping along Lady Talbot Drive to walk through ancient rainforests at the Beeches and view the waterfalls at Keppel and Phantom Falls.