Surrounding Yarra River and placed about 90 kilometers from Melbourne, Yarra Valley wine region has about 80 cellar doors, and a very well developed tourism, especially enotourism. The valley is perfect for a gateway to recharge batteries and enjoy some amazing natural scenery.
The Yarra Valley wine region is vast, and has massive trees, rivers and blue ranges, all combined in a manner to present a perfect oasis to hide from the frantic city life. Schedule at least two days to fully enjoy this fantastic place. Choose from the wide choice of accommodation options that vary from cosy bed and breakfasts, simple and comfortable cottages to five star hotels.
Once you enter Yarra Valley, you’ll reach the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, which leads to an almost enchanting place called Dandenong Ranges. This place is home of the majestic Rhododendron. You can enjoy the amazing site of these plants and continue through gardens that will lead yo to art galleries and cafes. There are a lot of tracks designed specifically for tours through some of the amazing landscapes this region has to offer, like The Sheerbrooke Forest and Thousand steps.
In the heart of the Valley is Yarra Glen, home of some award winning wineries. Until recently, Australian Chardonnay didn’t have a very strong reputation because it was thought to be very buttery with a very accentuated oak taste. Nowadays, some of the best Chardonnays in Australia are produced in the Yarra Valley wine region. Pinot Noir is another mark of the region. Wineries are open to tourists, and a lot of wine tours and open tasting bars are organized daily to bring the wine making experience closer to people. That contributed a lot to the development of enotourism.
Another famous place in Yarra Valley is Warburton, home of some of the best health retreats in the region. Filled with forests, rivers and wineries, this place is a must-see.
For sport enthusiasts there is the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, much used for cycling. In addition, there are amazing hilltop places in Yarra from which you can enjoy some breathtaking views.
All in all, setting aside two days of your busy week to enjoy in Yarra Valley is a good investment in both time and money. Not just that you’ll relax and recharge your batteries, you’ll get to taste some amazing wines which will make you feel even better.