Skydiving the Yarra Valley is the ultimate adrenalin rush. Tandem skydiving from up to 14,000 feet, you’ll experience an insane 60 seconds of life-changing freefall. Float under canopy for 5-7 minutes over the lush Yarra Valley countryside, quilted with rolling pastures, vineyards, dairy stations, organic farms, hedge mazes and wildlife sanctuaries – and see stunning views of Melbourne city and the Bay. Our dedicated and experienced Yarra Valley skydiving crew will make your skydiving experience memorable. Plus relive the thrill with our awesome skydiving DVD and photo packages.
Melbourne by Hot Air Balloon with Balloon Sunrise, Australia
Your hot air balloon flight over Melbourne will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. You glide silently with the wind and watch in excitement as the city of Melbourne wakes below you.Balloon Sunrise guarantees you the best possible flight over Melbourne – as we have done safely for more than 85,000 passengers since we were established in 1986!
We take pride in what we do and have one very simple and successful philosophy; and that is “customer service, value for money, dedicated professional staff and a commitment to safety”.All our experience gained over the years is there to make your hot air balloon flight something you will recall with pleasure and excitement for years to come.
Maroondah Adventure Golf Park was established in 1996 and is proudly Managed by Belgravia Leisure. There is something here for everyone from the golf enthusiasts to those just looking for a family outing. With Maroondah Adventure Park’s unique facilities anyone can play rain, hail or shine and even at night!
The facility is open 7 days a week with the exception of Christmas Day.
Maroondah Adventure Golf is the ultimate in Mini Golf. Adventure Golf challenges and entertains golfers on every hole. On some holes golf balls disappear on one level of the course and reappear on other levels. Adventure Golf has plenty of twists and turns, tricks and traps with real sand bunkers and water hazards.
Maroondah Adventure Golf has TWO unique 18 hole courses.
Reading Entertainment Inc began in the 1830s but began its focus on cinema exhibition in the early 1900s, entering the Australian market in 1996. Since this time, 19 venues have been opened with a total of 136 screens nationwide, making Reading the largest independent cinema operator nationwide.
Reading focus on providing moviegoers with a first class cinematic experience, and the truly discerning patrons can even indulge in Reading Gold Lounge venues that feature a fully licensed lounge bar, a delectable light meal menu and in-cinema service.
Come along to the Disco Bowling on a Saturday night, Everything glows !!!! (balls, lanes, pins & barmaids). Enjoy the disco lighting, it probably won't do anything for your game but you'll have a ball. The normal lights go out at 8.30pm and it all gets a little funky, people love it.
Ed Fleming Lanes is a modern 28 lane centre located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.
Chirnside Park Shopping Centre has been servicing the community in outer eastern Melbourne since 1979. We offer our customers an extensive selection of stores, with a strong focus on convenient and value driven fresh food.
With major stores Kmart, Target, Safeway and Coles, along with approximately 120 specialty stores, you’ll find everything you are looking for at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre. But not only is Chirnside Park a great place to shop, with a state of the art eight-screen Reading Cinemas, it’s a great place for entertainment.
The Centre is supported by over 2,000 car parks and is serviced seven days a week by local bus and taxi connections. Chirnside Park Shopping Centre has had a long association with the community and has evolved to meet the rapidly changing needs of the area.
Domaine Chandon was established by French Champagne house Moet & Chandon in 1986 and is dedicated to the production of méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine and cool climate still wines. Only one hour from the centre of Melbourne, the Green Point Room visitor centre at Domaine Chandon offers spectacular views across the vineyard and valley to the mountains. Domaine Chandon's winery tour is considered one of the most outstanding wine tourism experiences in the world. A wine masterclass session, 'Sunday School', is run every Sunday and provides both novices and wine enthusiasts alike with a fascinating insight into the world of sparkling and still wine production. The Green Point Room has a variety of food and wine offerings. Lunch is available daily with a menu designed to complement Domaine Chandon's sparkling and still wine styles. Domaine Chandon is open seven days, except for Christmas Day. Guided tours run at 11am, 1pm and 3pm daily, bookings are not required. Lunch is available daily in the Greenpoint Brasserie. Please call for details.
Start your Yarra Valley adventure with a coffee at Yarra Valley Gateway Estate, later enjoying their U-Pick Strawberries. Yarra Valley Gateway Estate are happy to share their knowledge of the Valley with you to ensure your visit is one to remember. Strawberries are now in season, all of their strawberries are grown indoors so you can pick strawberries in all weather conditions. There is no entry fee, you only pay for what you pick. Yarra Valley Gateway Estate is the one stop Farm Gate shop for fresh Yarra Valley produce. Estate grown and produced fruit, vegetables, wine and beef in Coldstream, at the entrance to the Yarra Valley. Yarra Valley Gateway Estate grows a range of vegetables year round in the on site greenhouse, including strawberries, sun-ripened capsicums, and pots of basil. All available for sale along with Gateway Estate free range dry aged beef. Available for tasting is Pinot Noir, Shiraz as well as Strawberry Port, Liqueur and Crème. The Farm Gate Shop is the brain child of brothers Brett and Tony Spurling, which sells the best and most extensive array of local produce in the Yarra Valley. Buy fresh organic bread from Healthy Bake and sourdough loafs from Wild Crust Bakery, jams and relishes from Kookaberry and Cunliffe and Waters, Yarra Valley Pasta and Crumbs Biscuits just to name a few. Yarra Valley Gateway Estate fronts a 120 acre, family owned and operated farm and farm gate shop is located on the junction of the Melba and Maroondah Highway in Coldstream, 45 minutes from Melbourne. For a day out in the Yarra Valley pick up a local produce hamper from Gateway Estate on your way. Filled with fresh Yarra Valley cheeses, breads, biscuits and fresh fruit, it is the perfect accompaniment to the renowned regional wines.
Yarra Valley Dairy offers a delightful experience of fine cheese and wine. Here at the Dairy, which is in the centre of a picturesque dairy farm in the heart of the Yarra Valley, you can taste some of Australia’s finest handmade cheeses.
The cheeses are made from both cows and goats milk from surrounding farms and pastures. If you are lucky enough, the making of the cheese can be seen through the viewing window (on certain days) and tastings and sales of the hand-made farmhouse cheeses are available along with fine wines from small single vineyards. The Dairy also offers some wonderful regional produce for you to take home.
At the Dairy, the pleasure of good food and wine can be experienced whilst taking in the unique and breathtaking views of the surrounding valley and mountains, vineyards and pastures of this rich and generous region.
Gulf Station began in the 1840's as part of a 25,000 acre run known as the Gulf. The Bell family began their lives here in the late 1840's and the homestead and outbuildings are a part of the legacy that the family has left behind for you to explore and enjoy. Gulf Station is one of the oldest and most intact examples of a pioneer farm complex in Australia. Take a self-guided tour around the property's homestead and outbuildings and be transported into the domestic life of a rural colonial family where a mother's word was law! Enjoy Australia's largest maize maze! Navigate your way around the newly opened Maize Maze, the largest in the southern hemisphere! Children can also solve the Farm Crime Scene to find out who took Farmer Joe, or for the little ones they have the Farm Tracks Investigation.
The closest state park to Melbourne, Warrandyte is a haven for picnickers, bushwalkers, canoeists, birdwatchers and those who enjoy peace and solitude. The lightly wooded landscape is dominated by the Yarra River as it winds through the Warrandyte Gorge. The hills around Warrandyte have a distinctive bluish-green hue, typical of the Red Box foliage common in the area. Things to do - The clear light and peace and silence of the bush have always been a source of inspiration to artists, writers and people who wish to contemplate nature. - Picnicking, bushwalking, swimming, bird-watching, fishing, exploring forgotten goldfields, nature walks and photography are popular. - So is canoeing on the Yarra River, but sufficient time must be allowed for this activity - the journey by canoe from the canoe access ramp at Wittons Reserve (Mount Lofty) to Jumping Creek Reserve is about six hours. - Horse riding is permitted along designated trails, and gold panning is allowed in Andersons Creek. - Abseiling and rock climbing are permitted at Whipstick Gully Quarry by arrangement with the senior ranger. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
In an isolated corner of the Yarra Valley among the high hills and lovely country of Kangaroo Ground, Redbox is a friendly, family-owned cellar door worth a detour. Cabernet Sauvignon is a speciality here, and the range of wines is certain to expand your experience of this great grape variety. Of course there are traditional Cabernet reds, but there's also a white version, a tawny, an 'ice Cabernet', and even a Cabernet jelly that's perfect with one of Redbox's cheese platters.' Ralph Kyte-Powell The eight acre vineyard in Kangaroo Ground at the Western end of the Yarra Valley in the Shire of Nillumbik was planted to Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet in 1986. The property was named "Wildfell" by a pioneering Scotsman, Walter Wippel, who settled this property in the Kangaroo Ground area in the early 1850's; establishing orchards, market gardens and grazing land. No doubt, wine production was high on the list of priorities, and the rich decomposed volcanic soils assisted in this pursuit. Over 150 years on, the Kangaroo Ground area has seen the establishment of a number of new vineyards due to the high quality of the fruit and ideal growing conditions. It's proximity to Melbourne and the rolling hills broken by dense stands of Red Box and other eucalypts makes it a haven for weekend visitors and wine tasters from all over. Enjoy your visit on any Saturday or Sunday at the Redbox Cellar Door in Ness Lane, Kangaroo Ground - in the high country at the west end of the Yarra Valley, where excellence attracts the wine buff, and the Nillumbik landscape enchants all those who venture to explore.
At Rochford Wines they aim to provide all visitors to their Cellar Door, Restaurant, Cafe and series of Concerts with a level of service that exceeds your expectations. Sample award-winning wines at the Cellar Door. Match the wines with the seasonal Restaurant menu or enjoy a light lunch in the Cafe whilst over looking the vineyard and surrounding ranges. Enjoy the summer series of concerts (see website for concert dates) 'Rochford Wines' property is one of the Yarra Valley's true showplaces. Follow the curved driveway lined with trees and vines to a classy restaurant, cellar door among the barrels, café and a broad outdoor space for chilling among the beautiful Yarra hills. A sound shell in the grounds sometimes offers concerts to entertain and inspire. Wine quality is very good, and tastings are available of both Rochford's Yarra Valley wines, and the products of their Macedon Ranges vineyards.' Reviewed by Ralph Kyte-Powell.
The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is a destination where you can indulge your love of chocolate in beautiful countryside only one hour from Melbourne. Set on 16 hectares, amongst one of Australia's premium wine regions and surrounded by picturesque Yarra Valley vistas, an emerging orchard and sweeping lawns,Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is an experience the whole family can enjoy. Abundant free chocolate tastings, large viewing windows to watch talented European chocolatiers at work and a showcase of over 250 different varieties of hand-crafted chocolates and ice creams will tempt visitors. The delicious product range features fruits and nuts picked from the Chocolaterie's own orchard of cherries, apricots, plums, citrus, quinces and almonds, locally sourced provisions and the best quality, Belgian couverture chocolate including a selection of single origin and organic couvertures. Choose from truffles, pralines, exquisite chocolate coated creations inspired by the Yarra Valley surrounds, lavish chocolate bars, nut clusters and bush tucker chocolates in packaging designed by local Indigenous residents, plus many more delectable chocolate and ice-cream creations for children and adults. Take in the breathtaking Yarra Valley views from the Chocolaterie's Café over breakfast, morning tea, lunch or an afternoon treat. The menu features ingredients from the kitchen garden or sourced from nearby farms. Decadent desserts, fondue, pastries and ice creams are Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery's specialties.
Punt Road Wines and Napoleon & Co Cider is located in the Yarra Valley although the winery is named after a major thoroughfare in the middle of Melbourne. Considered one of the busiest roads in Melbourne, within walking distance from the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Punt Road Wines began in the 1850's as a quiet dirt road that ran into Yarra River. The road was surrounded by some of the first vineyards in Victoria, and was linked across the river by a punt, which would ferry people and goods to the other side. A bridge now stands where the punt once was, and the vineyards have been re-established throughout the Yarra Valley, where the grapes for this wine are grown today. The Punt Road Wines range consists of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Late Harvest Semillon. When vintage conditions permit, exclusive parcels will be labelled under the Punt Road MVN reserve label. In 2008, Punt Road Wines launched the Napoleone & Co. Cider range. Made from estate grown fruit, they produce both an apple and pear Cider as well as a sparkling Methode Traditionelle Pear Cider. 'Punt Road's name comes from Punt Road in the Melbourne suburb of South Yarra, the site of thriving vineyards 150 years ago. This beautifully tended modern vineyard is in prime Yarra Valley heartland, sharing its location with an apple orchard and a smart, comfortable cellar door. Punt Road wines are very good and well priced for their quality.' Ralph Kyte-Powell.
Coombe Farm Estate Wines is one of the oldest and largest family-owned vineyard estates in the Yarra Valley. Once the home of Melbourne's famous soprano Dame Nellie Melba, it is stilled owned and occupied by her descendants. The vineyards of Coombe Farm Estate Wines are located in Coldstream, at the gateway to the Yarra Valley, one of Australia's most recognised, highly regarded and foremost cool-climate viticultural regions. The vineyards supply ultra-premium wine grapes to many of Australia's leading wine producers, with the best selected for the small, boutique and increasingly celebrated Coombe Farm wine range. Coombe Farm Estate Wine's tasting room is located among the vines off Saint Huberts Road in Coldstream and is a warm, inviting, friendly and an unintimidating place for a relaxing and entertaining tasting experience. Tasting is free and available seven days a week. Buses are welcomed by prior arrangement. Coombe Farm Estate Wines are produced entirely from grapes grown on the estate. They are classically varietal and regionally expressive. They are elegantly fresh, deliciously tasty, 'moreish' and great value. Their awarding winning wines include regional specialties sparkling Blanc de blancs,Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Cabernet table wines as well as dessert wines when the season allows Coombe Farm Estate Wines is a 'must' visit small winery to complete a great Yarra Valley wine experience.
The Croydon Golf Club was established in 1925 at its former Dorset Road site and relocated to its current site in Yering in 2008. Now known as Yering Meadows Golf Club, it features a 27 hole Ross Watson designed golf course, first rate practice facilities including a driving range, two putting greens, a chipping green and nets.
A modern clubhouse with indoor and outdoor dining is nestled in amongst the property with commanding and uninterrupted views of Melbourne’s Yarra Valley. Renowned as a very friendly club, the clubhouse facilities provide the ideal surroundings for the relaxation and enjoyment of members and their guests.
Public access is available on most weekdays and limited access is available on weekends. Social group bookings are most welcome. Please contact our Pro Shop for all of your golf bookings on (03) 9738 9001
We have a great range of memberships available, including 5, 6 and 7 day memberships, corporate memberships and social memberships. Payment instalment plans are available. Please contact the Club on (03) 9738 9000 for your membership enquiries.
Yering Meadows Golf Club is the ideal venue to host your next corporate golf day. Our professional and friendly staff will tailor an event to ensure a successful and enjoyable day for all involved.
The availability of our course and clubhouse facilities can vary depending on the season and other scheduled events but the preferred days are Mondays, Thursdays or Fridays with both morning and afternoon rounds possible.
Shotgun starts are recommended for fields of greater than 80 players up to a maximum of 128. This also guarantees course exclusivity for the duration of your round.
A variety of catering options are available. We can cater for breakfast functions, cocktail finger food functions, buffet lunches or dinners or even a more formal a la carte meal. Please contact our Function Co-ordinator on (03) 9738 9000 for more details. All beverages and on course items are charged on consumption. Once the details of your event have been discussed bookings will be confirmed on receipt of a deposit.
Yering Meadows is a great place for a wedding or function.
Please contact our Function Co-ordinator on (03) 9738 9000 to discuss your requirements
Train Trak Wines is situated 50 kilometres North-East of Melbourne. Nestled by the Yarra River, in the heart of the Yarra Valley, the Train Trak Wines vineyard produces premium quality grapes, which reflect the regions' cool climate, rich soil and ideal elevation. At Train Trak Wines vineyard the first vines were planted in 1995 and the first vintage was in the year 2000. All of the multi-award winning wines are produced solely from estate grown hand picked grapes. The Train Trak Wines Cellar Door and Zonzo's Pizzeria opened to the public in early 2007, located in a beautifully renovated dairy shed, the Ristorante can seat 110 or more people, and has one of the most spectacular views of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong ranges. The property is still a working farm and offers a fantastic, relaxed, rustic atmosphere which combines top class food and premium Yarra Valley wines. Train Trak Wines feature Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. 'The little navy blue and yellow rail motor that used to ply the Yarra Valley is long gone, but the railway track remains, running across this beautifully kept property. It feels as much like a working farm as a winery, with Zonzo's wood-fired pizza restaurant in the old milking shed, and the cellar door in an old tractor shed. There's a wonderful view of distant Mount Dandenong, and Napoleon the moose looks down on you from the wall as you taste the estate's wines, especially the elegantly balanced reds.' Ralph Kyte-Powell.
Hobnob Jewels offers unique fashion, footwear, handbags, costume and semi-precious jewellery as well as accessories that cater for everyone's tastes. Stocking both Australian-made and internationally sourced labels, combined with warm and friendly customer service, Hobnob Jewels offers its customers a truly magical shopping experience. Most of all, they offer a point of difference!
A long, winding driveway leaves the Melba Highway and climbs across the slopes to this comfy hilltop café and cellar door. A peaceful spread of countryside below rolls across to the distant Dandenongs. The friendly café is a cosy spot in winter, and it catches cool breezes in summer while the rest of the world swelters. Estate grown wines are made in a range of styles, with unusual types like Verdelho and sweetish Autumn Riesling sharing the bill with award-winning, spicy cool climate Shiraz. Worth a detour.' RALPH KYTE-POWELL Yarrawood Estate is a family owned and operated vineyard established in 1997. In 2002 Yarrawood Estate proudly launched their Tall Tales range. With the iconic lyrebird character on the label Tall Tales includes a broad selection of quality red and white wines from the Yarra Valley vineyard. The range represents honest value and is indicative of Yarrawood's commitment of providing classic, cool climate Yarra Valley wines. Located on the Melba highway, only 3km past Yarra Glen is the Yarrawood Estate picturesque vineyard and café/cellar door. Not only can you sample the full Tall Tales range but also sit back with a glass of wine, a cup of coffee, or enjoy a snack or meal in the relaxing atmosphere of the cafe and take in the uninterrupted and simply awesome views. Wine Varieties: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rose, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho, Chardonnay, Autumn Harvest Riesling.
Kellybrook Winery & Kelly Brothers Cider was established by the Kelly family in 1969, set in a secluded little valley, only 35 kilometres from Melbourne's city centre. The closest Yarra Valley winery to Melbourne. Kellybrook's rolling hills are a pretty backdrop to the vineyard and give a lovely rural feel. Kellybrook produces an extensive range of award-winning table wines and specialises in hand-disgorged sparkling wines, using the traditional French method. Exceptional apple and pear ciders are also made on the property, including the unique Champagne Cider, a favourite in the cellar door and the restaurant, and apple brandy, distilled in the tiny pot still. Tastings and sales are conducted by the winemakers in the winery daily, providing a very authentic experience. An ideal first or last stop when travelling to the Yarra Valley from Melbourne. The restaurant features a vine-covered terrace that overlooks the vineyard and gardens as well as polished timber floorboards and a roaring open fire in winter. A la carte, function and degustation menus offer seasonal and local produce, including some from the Kellybrook kitchen garden. Whether for a special dinner, a family celebration, or a gathering of friends, enjoy the relaxed and intimate atmosphere and friendly, attentive service. Enjoy a beautiful meal or linger over a platter and a glass of wine. Private functions including weddings, cocktail parties and corporate events are available. Romantic garden wedding ceremonies are held under the magnificent 120 year-old oak tree. Special events are held throughout the year. Keep an eye out for the Bastille Day Lunch, Kellybrook Cider Festival or the popular cidermaker's and winemaker's dinners.
Coldstream Hills was established in 1985, within the Yarra Valley Wine Region. Creating Wines such as Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Reserve Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Reserve Pinot Noir, Merlot, Reserve Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and limited release wines. Small volumes of museum wines also available. Please contact for details. "Coldstream Hills is the creation of James Halliday, Australia's doyen of wine writing and just about everything else to do with wine. James is still around to offer a consulting hand at the winery, although he no longer owns the property. The cellar door looks across the lovely pastoral landscape of the Yarra Valley towards the northern hills. It is a comfortable place to taste the excellent Coldstream Hills range, and chat with the knowledgeable staff about the wines. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the mainstays here, and the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon can be superb." Ralph Kyte-Powell.
Yering Station was originally established in 1838 as Victoria's first vineyard and today, this family owned Winery Tourism Complex is reaching new heights. Beyond the manicured gardens lies the contemporary stone edifice, which houses the Wine Bar Restaurant and the winemaking facilities, seen through the viewing platforms. The restaurant's cuisine is modern with the emphasis on regional produce. The seasonal menu is designed to compliment Yering Station wines. The converted old winery building comprises a Produce Store show casing local produce, dynamic Art Gallery raising money for the Royal children's hospital, Matt's Bar the perfect place to enjoy a casual glass of wine with a gourmet snack and the Cellar Door. This is where you can taste the full range of the estate's award-winning wines, Barak's Bridge, Yering Station and Yarra Edge, along with the critically acclaimed traditional method, Yarrabank. Amongst other things, the barn hosts the forever-popular Regional Farmers market every 3rd Sunday of the month. Yering Station operates seven days. 'Yering Station is set on the site of the valley's first vineyard, planted in 1838, and it is now one of the most impressive stops on any Yarra Valley tour. The winery/restaurant/wine bar must be seen to be believed - great views, delicious food and excellent service create quite a package. The wines are all good and the Yarrabank sparkling is one of the country's finest.' STUART GREGOR
With majestic sweeping views of the Yarra Valleys finest vineyards, surrounding mountain ranges, stunning skylines and set in the picturesque dress circle of the acclaimed Yarra Valley, Tokar Estate is an ideal location in which to relax, soak up natures beauty, taste some exquisite wines and sample the most exotic cuisine this side of the Mediterranean. Leon and Rita Tokar invite you to come and visit them at the Tokar Estate Cellar Door; where you will taste a fabulous range of boutique wines and new vintage releases, Including our award winning Tempranillo and flagship wine "The Aria". Then to dine within the inviting atmosphere of their Yarra Valley Winery Restaurant; where your taste buds will be assuaged by the magnificent Mediterranean cuisine and your visual senses overwhelmed by spectacular views of the Yarra Valley. Please come and enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere of Tokar Estate and soak up the wonderful views the Yarra Valley has to offer.
Set in the heart of the beautiful Yarra Valley, Acacia Ridge Vineyard has stunning views across the vines and on to the Great Dividing Range. The friendly family-run rustic experience is unique and ideal for small and large groups. You can drop in for cellar door tastings in the 1850s Miners Cottage, or bring a group out for an informal function complete with gourmet BBQ and award winning-wines to match. Acacia Ridge is also a popular venue for weddings or other formal gatherings, where large marquees can be decorated to suit your occasion and where you are free to let your imagination run wild.
Longridge Park, in the middle of the conservation area of the Yarra Valley Parklands, offers a quiet space beside the Yarra River. The river flats are perfect for a weekend camping retreat with friends and family in a beautiful woodland setting. Enjoy a weekend camping with family or friends by the Yarra River, go canoeing or try your luck and throw a fishing line in the Yarra River. Longridge camp ground has a barbecue (wood provided), an information shelter, tables, toilets, hot showers and a canoe ramp into the river. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
TarraWarra Estate is known as a producer of exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and they also make several other single block heritage varietals and estate blends. Their wines are made to express the unique terroir of the TarraWarra site, which is comprised of many individual blocks and planted with carefully selected clones, each contributing their own unique characteristics to the wines. The first 10 acres of vines were planted at TarraWarra in 1983 along with the Besen family's vision to produce wines of superb quality and integrity and to share them in a location of great beauty and hospitality. The vineyard sits on 400 hectares of prime Yarra Valley farmland and some thirty years on, they are defined by this heritage and a deep sense of place. Under the watchful eye of winemaker Clare Halloran, all of TarraWarra's wines are meticulously grown, hand picked, vinified and aged on the estate. TarraWarra Estate is internationally renowned as an unforgettable wine tasting and restaurant experience in the Yarra Valley. Respect for provenance and sustainability is integral to everything they do. The estate with its native bushland and waterways is where you can cultivate the grapes, make the wine, graze the cattle and grow produce for their restaurant. It is the true spirit of TarraWarra. "TarraWarra is, and always has been, one of the top-tier wineries in the Yarra Valley" James Halliday's Wine Companion. "Tarrawarra is one of the finest wine estates in Australia". Review from the Winewise Magazine.
Dominique Portet was established in 2000. 'The Portet family has been making wine for 10 generations, since the early 17th century. Now affable Frenchman Dominique Portet, a household name in Victorian wine circles, and son Ben, are continuing the tradition at this charming winery in the heart of the Yarra Valley. The cellar door has a French country feel, and the Winemaker's café serves light foods from the winemaker's table (perfect with a cool glass of the estate's Fontaine Rosé). Wine quality is exemplary across the board, and the serene surrounding landscape is the Yarra Valley at its best.' Review by Ralph Kyte-Powell. For any further information on Dominique Portet please contact them or view their website.
Samson Hill Winery and Restaurant at Kangaroo Ground, 28 kilometres north east of Melbourne CBD, was established in 1998 on a spectacular location overlooking the City of Melbourne, the surrounding mountains to Kinglake, the Dandenong's and much more. The views are second to none and the clean air is plentiful. The concept of the founding family was to strive for quality only and develop full bodied rich reds and crisp fruity whites. Wines that can be enjoyed immediately but may also be kept in cellar for many years and would mature beautifully. The varieties grown on the property are, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Verdelho. From these the founders have produced a full bodied Shiraz, a bold Pinot Noir, a delicate Rose and two varieties from the Verdelho - a sweet and a dry, both with the same bold fruity, floral nose and crisp melon characters (very popular). The Cellar door is open for tastings daily and meals are also available. The staff are friendly and only too willing to chat about the wine or recommend other places of interest for tourists. Enjoy a lovingly prepared feast from the A-la-carte menu for lunch or dinner while sitting in a quaint restaurant overlooking the Melbourne skyline.
Art at Linden Gate is a contemporary Art Gallery that also has self-contained accommodation on the property. The purpose built mud brick gallery with huge timber beams is an interesting and intimate space with regularly changing exhibitions. As you drive up the driveway you will marvel at the stainless steel, concrete and glass sculptures by "artist in residence" Ernst Fries. Entry is free and the Gallery is open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday as well as Wednesdays during school holidays. Please call for an appointment at other times. While exploring the Yarra Valley the comfortable self contained cottages are an ideal place to stay. Curl up in front of the warm fire with a glass of wine, relax and unwind in the large spa and after a good nights sleep in the king bed, enjoy the generous breakfast provisions while gazing at the view of the Yarra Valley and mountains beyond. On warmer days the cottages are air-conditioned so a good nights sleep is assured.
Since its founding in 1978, Oakridge Wines has been making wine in the Yarra Valley and has evolved as an outstanding winery. Bordered by the mountains of the Great Dividing Range and stretching across 10 hectares of landscaped vines and gardens along Maroondah Highway, the family-owned estate is dedicated to producing outstanding and distinctive wines while providing visitors with a truly memorable wine and food experience. Oakridge Wines are characterised by their restraint and finesse and demonstrate true regional and varietal expression. This is achieved by carefully sourcing fruit for each varietal from the most suitable sub-region in the Yarra Valley. Meticulous viticulture, modern winemaking technology and traditional techniques have resulted in well-balanced wines showing intense varietal flavours. The new architechturally designed restaurant (opened October 2013) gives way to the most stunning views the estate has to offer, and is an important part of the Oakridge experience. With every turn of the season, Chef Jose Chavez adapts the menu by creating a selection of dishes guaranteed to excite your palate with cuisine relating to the surrounding produce and flavours of the Valley. Open for wine tasting & lunch daily from 10am, and Sunday breakfast from 8am. The perfect venue for celebratory drinks, birthday functions or to celebrate your special day. 'Oakridge was established over 30 years ago, and now it provides some of the best of all Yarra wines. Subtlety, complexity and refinement are hallmarks of the label, but great wine is only one of Oakridge's attractions. The smart, contemporary restaurant serves seasonal produce with fl air and imagination, while the soothing vistas of lake, hills, valley and vineyard from here are food for the soul. A must-see and must-taste destination for all visitors to the Yarra.' Review by Ralph Kyte-Powell.
Nestled in a beautiful bush setting, Watsons Creek Antiques and Cafe is the gateway to the Yarra Valley, a convenient 40 minute drive from Melbourne's city centre. With a vision to create a business conducive to a country lifestyle, John and Joanne Van Eeden purchased this former roadhouse in 1986 and have established a unique family business comprising antique store, licensed cafe, provedore and homewares store. You will be welcomed to experience the licensed Cafe, scrumptious homemade food, Yarra Valley wine and produce, a wide range of antique furniture, china, home wares, gifts and the roaring open fires in winter. The astute antique buyer is offered an opportunity to view and purchase a wide range of Victorian and Edwardian furniture, china, crystal, home wares. With a range of decorative arts, decorating idea's and unique gifts. The fully licensed cafe offers fine coffee, homemade cakes, breakfast, lunch and morning or afternoon tea to visitors in a beautiful setting that contrasts with the atmosphere and surroundings of many city cafes. The cafe offers a range of Yarra Valley wines and product in its produce store. Your hosts Joanne and John Van Eeden welcome you to share the exceptional ambience that is Watsons Creek.
Greenstone Vineyards is situated on 90 acres at the base of the Christmas Hills, in Yarra Glen. Our picturesque Yarra Valley vineyard, winery & cellar door is only 1 hour from Melbourne’s CBD.
Our focus on producing only the finest wines from the finest grapes means that Greenstone has only ever produced very small quantities of wine – we are not interested in making higher volume commercial wines, rather small volume, handcrafted and premium wines. The Greenstone wine portfolio encompasses both our Heathcote and Yarra Valley vineyards, producing a select range of wine varietals in the way that we think great wines are made – by starting with the best sites that produce the best grapes. These wines will always be a reflection of the unique characteristics of their regional site.
With sweeping views of the Yarra Valley, and the Dandenong ranges beyond, the Greenstone Vineyards cellar door has brought our wines closer to its consumers, creating the opportunity for people to try our wines and understand the Greenstone philosophy, whilst being immersed in the heart of the Yarra Valley and its wine-making history.
Call in for a casual tasting, a more formal wine experience, or to simply unwind with a glass of Greenstone wine. Enjoy the company of friends on or beautiful deck or expansive lawn whilst taking in the spectacular scenery.
Formerly Greenstone of Heathcote, Greenstone Vineyards began in 2003 as a 40 hectare property north of the town of Heathcote, at Colbinabbin. The vineyard is positioned on the ridge of Cambrian soil that runs through the eastern side of the range. This narrow strip is unique, not only to vines grown in Victoria, but in Australia. These deep red soils, mottled with lime, are the oldest known in the country, originating over 550 million years ago. It is from these soils that the winery derived its name - the Heathcote ‘Greenstone’ is a form of copper-infused basalt, and is an integral part of the soil. The climate and generous red soils of the Heathcote vineyard create a unique combination that is ideal for producing outstanding, award-winning Shiraz and Sangiovese wines.
The success of Greenstone’s Heathcote wines inspired the team to explore opportunities to expand our wine range further. This search led to the Yarra Valley - the home of some of Australia’s finest Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet varietals.
Originally Yarra Ridge, the winery was more recently known as Sticks Yarra Valley. Greenstone Vineyards completed the acquisition of the vineyard and winery in January 2015.
Originally established in 1862, St Huberts Vineyard is one of the fabled properties that made Yarra Valley wines famous in the 1800s. Replanted in the 1960s, it's again at the heart of the region's wine story. The welcoming cellar door at the edge of the vineyard has interesting photographs of the estate in its 19th century heyday to reflect on. The labels on the bottles resemble the old originals, but the wines are modern styles and very good across a range of types. There are also rare specials like Roussanne to explore.' Review by Ralph Kyte-Powell. The modern St Huberts Vineyard estate is the reincarnation of one of Victoria's most famous and historic vineyard properties. 120 years ago St Huberts Vineyard's wines were the toast of the colony, winning awards internationally, as well as mightily pleasing the grandees back home. Today's St Huberts Vineyard was one of the properties that launched the Yarra Valley's second golden age in the 1960s, and the wines continue to be good examples of regional styles. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon are the stars here; don't miss them.
The original brainchild of four local friends, Coldstream Brewery opened its doors to beer lovers and diners in June 2007. The restaurant and bar are housed in a charming old brick building in the heart of Coldstream, the gateway to the beautiful Yarra Valley. The micro brewery has being set up in a purpose-built extension of the restaurant, with large windows through which you can see the Coldstream beers being brewed in small batches by their Brewer Alan Harding. For a small charge, you can try a tasting of the full range of draught products that includes a delicious handcrafted cider. Wine and Cider maker Phil Kelly makes this premium cider from the juice of local apples extracted on a traditional rack and cloth cider press. The restaurant features a menu of share plates, mains and pizzas along with daily blackboard specials. Head Chef Stuart Benson develops the menu around local and seasonal ingredients to create simple yet high quality food. Lunch and dinner are served 365 days a year. A function room is available for private parties of up to 90 people with some delicious menu options available. Live music is available every Sunday from 3.30 until 6.00pm. Please see website for more details.
Once at Natskin Day Spa Retreat you give yourself up to the luxury of spa treatments and embrace this blissful experience. Doing so in the tranquil environs of the Yarra Valley, with the highly trained Natskin staff you will be transported to a heavenly state. Natskin Day Spa Retreat is located within Balgownie Vineyard Resort. Natskin Spa Retreat offers a comprehensive range of spa, beauty and therapeutic body treatments designed to re-balance and de-stress. Stunning private treatment rooms, and duo suites; hydrotherapy, steam rasul, guest lounge area and a manicure and pedicure suite ensure you are completely cared for. Natskin Day Spa Retreat treatments have been designed for the ultimate in personal pampering. Indulge yourself with luxurious skin and body care treatments or massage therapies. At Natskin Day Spa Retreat it is a pleasure to design a treatment or spa package to suit your personal preference and desired outcome. The therapists have been meticulously trained to provide treatments with a sophisticated approach to skin and body wellness. Treatments can be booked individually, or in a complementary combination for top to toe relaxation. Couples bookings are also available for those special occasions or simply to spend time immersed in each other's company. Your Natskin Day Spa Retreat experience will not only make you feel great, but will deliver results and a desire to come back again and again and again.
Coombe Farm Estate Wines is one of the oldest and largest family-owned vineyard estates in the Yarra Valley. Once the home of Melbourne's famous soprano Dame Nellie Melba, it is stilled owned and occupied by her descendants.
The vineyards of Coombe Farm Estate Wines are located in Coldstream, at the gateway to the Yarra Valley, one of Australia's most recognised, highly regarded and foremost cool-climate viticultural regions. The vineyards supply ultra-premium wine grapes to many of Australia's leading wine producers, with the best selected for the small, boutique and increasingly celebrated Coombe Farm wine range.
Coombe Farm Estate Wine's tasting room is located among the vines off Saint Huberts Road in Coldstream and is a warm, inviting, friendly and an unintimidating place for a relaxing and entertaining tasting experience. Tasting is free and available seven days a week. Buses are welcomed by prior arrangement.
Coombe Farm Estate Wines are produced entirely from grapes grown on the estate. They are classically varietal and regionally expressive. They are elegantly fresh, deliciously tasty, 'moreish' and great value. Their awarding winning wines include regional specialties sparkling Blanc de blancs,Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Cabernet table wines as well as dessert wines when the season allows
Coombe Farm Estate Wines is a 'must' visit small winery to complete a great Yarra Valley wine experience.