Welcome to the Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is a majestic place, reminiscent of the vineyards of Tuscany. This captivating region draws thousands of visitors every year, some of whom never leave.
The Yarra Valley is most famous for hosting more than 90 different wineries. The area is littered with row upon row of vines, painting brilliant colours across the hills. Some of the best known wineries are located here, including De Bortli, McWilliams and Rochford Wines. Spread from Steels Creek to Wandin, these spectacular vineyards all offer something unique. The Yarra Valley is the finest region in Australia for Pinot Noir and sparkling wines.
Many of the wineries have first class restaurants onsite, utilising much of the local produce found in the area. Freshwater trout and salmon, hazelnuts, chestnuts, organic fruit, vegetables, pasta and handmade cheese are all produced here.
To truly experience the best food and wine of the area, try the Yarra Valley Regional Food Trail. This self-drive tour criss-crosses the region, taking in the best places to enjoy local produce. Epicurean delights await you on this trail.
After a wee bit of over indulgence, why not work it off with an Indigenous walking tour? During the tour, you will find yourself amongst the protected bushland of Coranderrk, before hearing the traditional 'Dreaming' stories. You can also learn of the medicinal properties of local plants and learn about the boomerang. The walking tour takes place in bushland adjacent to Healesville Sanctuary.
Healesville Sanctuary is located at the foothills of the Yarra Valley. Here you can observe a host of Australian animals in their natural habitats. More than 200 species of Australian wildlife - including koalas, dingoes, platypus and wedge-tailed eagles - are found here. Despite the area's proximity to Melbourne, you will really feel you are out in the Aussie bush.
Warratina Lavender Farm is set in tranquil surroundings, with sensational views across to the distant hills. Wander through the rows of different lavender species and be amazed by the differences between each. Then enjoy a break for lunch at one of the picnic areas, where you can take in the sweet smells wafting through the country air.
For something totally unique, pay a visit to Silvermist Studio Gallery. Showcasing individual pieces of jewellery, this gallery has contemporary and classic handcrafted designs.
For art of a different kind, check out the TarraWarra Museum of Art. Located in Healesville, this privately funded gallery of public art has regular exhibitions. The collection includes works by artists from the 1950s onwards.
If you are interested in a little indulgence, or perhaps a little luxury, nothing beats a visit to the day spa. Try Natskin Spa Retreat in Yarra Glen and experience the Vichy Shower, or visit Piaf Salon and Day Spa in Healesville for their three hour Mountain Dream Package.
There is nothing like a trip to the Yarra Valley to rejuvenate your soul.