Visitors flock to Blue Hills Berries and Cherries farm between November to April to enjoy the U-Pick experience.
Bring the family and enjoy picking fresh berries and cherries in the morning and then relax with a family BBQ at the nearby Silvan Reservoir. Situated just 20 minutes from Puffing Billy, and 20 minutes from Yarra Valley's famous wineries, why not make a weekend of it!
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.
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.
Anne-Marie Jones qualified as a Massage Therapist in 2004 with the Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy and is a member of the Massage Association of Australia. Member number 5946.
My inspiration for learning massage came from being a keen recipient of massage therapy. Whilst receiving treatments, I would often think of how rewarding it must be to have a job where people are always happy to see you & the work environment is peaceful and energising.
Since qualifying, I have mostly contracted to other businesses offering mobile massage in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. I continue to work in this beautiful region, and thoroughly enjoy the atmosphere of each and every Bed & Breakfast.
However, my main focus now is to offer nurturing, therapeutic massage within my cozy home studio. I am also currently undertaking my Diploma of Remedial Massage for accreditation with health funds, TAC and Workcover.
Japanese Mountain Retreat Mineral Springs and Spa was designed to offer an authentic Japanese luxurious ryokan experience with all the essential elements of a five-star boutique Japanese resort.
Behind the concept was a desire to recreate a vision of authentic Japan, one that treasures the traditional values of harmony and culture while retaining modern sensibility.
A spa retreat offering an extensive menu of holistic and wellness treatments enhances the opportunities for rejuvenation, while an Onsen (outdoor mineral spring) opened in early 2010 provides the opportunity for deep relaxation and the therapeutic benefits of private bathing in hot mineral spring water.
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.
It’s Melbourne’s best kept secret – CROYDON MAIN STREET – a great place to shop with oodles of free parking at the door.
Just a cool 5 minutes from Eastlink (Maroondah Highway exit); with trains and buses just a minute away.
Take the time to explore 180 speciality stores in a beautiful tree-lined street. Interesting gift shops, jewellers, book, camera, toy and a music shop too.
A cinema, fabulous fashion, shoe and beauty boutiques and if you need more cash, there’s every major bank and a post office.
Relax at a pavement café, breathe in the fresh air and watch the world go by. Absolute bliss!
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.
Kookaberry Strawberry Farm is a family run business, having grown gorgeous berries for 40 years, to tickle anyone's fancy. Enjoy fresh or frozen strawberries, blackberries, boysenberries, and raspberries and of course the jams, syrups and vinegars from the farm gate. Fourteen years ago, the owner decided to come up with an idea utilizing the not so marketable berries by producing gourmet handmade Jams. Kookaberry Strawberry Farm jams are made by the grower, who carefully chooses the berries from the farm, to ensure taste and quality. All products are handmade in small batches, bottled and labeled on the farm. Rich and full of fruit, they taste just like you remember it should. Kookaberry jams , vinegars & Syrups are 100% made in Australia using 99% Australian produce .New products now available at Kookaberry Strawberry Farm are, Raspberry Balsamic and Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar. A variety of delicious syrups such as Raspberry, Boysenberry and Blackberry. The Kookaberry Jams have won multiply awards at the Sydney Fine Food Show and Hobart Fine Food Show and The Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards. Kookaberry Strawberry Farm are open seven days a week, in the season between October and June. Please contact for further information.
Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, due both to the natural setting and the mystical sculptures half hidden among ferns along the pathways. It is a place for quiet reflection and for contemplation of the essence of the vision of William Ricketts. Many travel across the world to visit this place time and time again. Things to do - Kiln-fired clay sculptures of Aboriginal figures are discreetly set among rocks, fern trees and Mountain Ash. These sculptures are an expression of Rickett's philosophy - that all people need to act as custodians of the natural environment in the same way as Aborigines, the inspiration for much of his work. - Stroll through the gardens and explore the 92 ceramic sculptures of people and animals which merge with the natural surroundings. - Enjoy the audio-visual display featuring William Ricketts where visitors can see for themselves the vision and passion that live in his art. Heritage In the 1930s William Rickets bought a four-acre bush block on Mount Dandenong and called it Potter's Sanctuary. Word spread about the extraordinary sculptures that began to adorn the property. In time, the Victorian Government heard about his work and, in the early 1960s, the land and adjoining blocks were bought for the people. William Ricketts lived on at the Sanctuary into his nineties and continued to create his sculptures until his death in 1993. 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.
The Mount Dandenong Arboretum extends over 16 hectares and contains a collection of maturing deciduous trees and conifers from around the world. 'Arboretum' is a Latin word meaning a place for trees and an Arboretum can simply be called a 'tree museum'. Things to do - Enjoy a relaxing sensory experience of walking under mature tree canopies, scrunching on aromatic pine needles and looking upward through branches to the sky. - Picnic in the meadow with views to the Great Dividing Range framed by tall trees. - Walk up to Mount Dandenong Observatory for the spectacular view east across the city of Melbourne or walk along one of the many tracks in the Dandenong Ranges National Park trail network. 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.
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.
Frequently named among the top Yarra Valley wineries, Yarra Yering’s proud tradition is being continued to great acclaim by current winemaker Sarah Crowe.
Sarah Crowe, named James Halliday’s 2017 Winemaker of the Year, focuses on giving individual blocks and varieties the time and attention they deserve to continue making high-quality wine.
Yarra Yering was established in 1969 at the foot of the Warramate Hills in Victoria's Yarra Valley by Doctor Bailey Carrodus. The cellar door is open for wine tasting seven days a week at this, one of the best, oldest and most beautiful Yarra Valley vineyards. Vineyard management places the emphasis on sustainability, hand picking, hand pruning and cropping at low levels to produce intensely flavoured fruit with great colour and high levels of natural acidity. The original 30 acre vineyard has gradually been expanded to just on 70 acres of vines with a broad range of varieties from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir through to Cabernet and Shiraz to Portuguese varieties planted on terraces at the top of the vineyard.
The wines are made in the Carrodus designed winery with purpose built equipment. Small batch fermentation in half tonne stainless steel fermenters, maturation in a mixture of new and old French oak barriques produces wines of great intensity and finesse. Elegant, supple and strongly varietal, the wines are approachable while young, but will reward cellaring under the suitable conditions reaching their peak of complexity and sophistication after 15 to 20 years in the bottle.
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
Soumah of Yarra Valley is a premium wine producer located in the Warramate foothills of the Yarra Valley. Soumah is an acronym for our dress circle location "South of Maroondah Highway" (Soumah). The Butcher family passion for horticulture and the pursuit of fine wine is the driving-force for fashioning a single vineyard range with varietal and regional character. Their first two vintages attracted many accolades including their exclusive Savarro winning consecutive trophies at the 2011 and 2012 Federation Square Wine Showcase as well as gathering not less than 14 medals and trophies. The Soumah wine flight is expanding and they also feature Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Stay tuned for their upcoming Ai Fiori!.
Elmswood Estate is a boutique winery situated on 20 acres in the red lands area of the Yarra Valley. The fertile red volcanic soil coupled with higher elevation produces unique fruit flavours with the subtle characteristics of cool climate wines. Grape varieties grown on the estate's 30 plus year-old vines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. 'This is one of the most beautiful vineyards in Victoria. Well kept, manicured gardens and lovely trees frame a breathtaking vista across a verdant valley to the rolling hills beyond. An ideal place to rest and survey the scene, perhaps with a drop of Elmswood's very good Chardonnay, available in both oaked and unoaked versions, or one of the correctly styled Cabernet blends.' Ralph Kyte-Powell. Elmswood Estate are set in the perfect location to hold special events, weddings or cocktail function. Please contact them for further information.
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.
Kuranga Native Nursery and Paperbark Cafe has absolutely the largest range of Australian native plants, anywhere. Winner of a number of awards, including the Best Large Victorian Garden Centre in 2009, Yates Nursery and Garden Industry Awards, and finalist in the Australian Retailers Association, Boutique Retailer of the Year. Situated in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, in tranquil surroundings overlooking Olinda Creek and shrouded by stately white trunked manna gums. The architect designed building features 100 year old massive wharf timbers and recycled ironbark exposed beams and houses the inspirational gift shop and the highly acclaimed Paperbark Cafe. You are invited to come and experience the beauty, diversity and colour of their Australian native flora. They have the tiniest and the most delicate, the most sweetly scented, the prettiest and the most unusual. The Australian native plants have adapted to the Australian environment and climatic conditions over many years. At Kuranga there are the toughest, most reliable and drought tolerant plants. The knowledgeable staff can help you select the right plant for a particular position in your garden, choice of plant is everything! They stock a large range of nest boxes, birdbaths, water bowls and bird feeders. A superb and unusual range of garden sculptures and ornaments. The gift shop offers an inspirational range of native bush foods and products made from Australian flora. An extensive range of homewares and many ideas for practical home gardening including a huge range of native plant, gardening and Australiana books for children and adults. You are invited to come and enjoy the Kuranga Native Nursery and Paperbark Cafe experience.
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.
Medhurst Wines is the realisation of the long held and shared vision of Ross and Robyn Wilson, to make wines of provenance from their Yarra Valley property. Medhurst Wines prides itself on creating critically acclaimed, estate grown, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Each Medhurst Wine reflects the site and variety from which it is made and the season in which it is grown. They take great pleasure in offering a unique tasting experience, in a relaxed atmosphere with magical views. Their cellar door has recently been redesigned to include 'Medhurst Cellar Door and More' which offers high quality food matched with their wines. "Even in a region of beautiful vineyards and countryside, impressive wineries and vineyards, Medhurst is a benchmark. The driveway meanders past an old red shed beside a dam, contemporary pieces of sculpture, up to a smart cellar door and casual restaurant among the trees. Large glass windows and a terrace allow visitors lovely views, and the staff are ultra-friendly and very professional. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir excel here, and the well-priced second label, Red Shed, offers great value." Review by Ralph Kyte-Powell. Medhurst Wines is Estate grown, low cropped and handmade. Please contact for details.
A visit to Warratina Lavender Farm is a truly unique experience. Only one hour's drive from central Melbourne, the farm is perfectly situated for day or weekend trips to the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Savour the flavours of local Yarra Valley produce over a glass of regional wine. Why not try the famous lavender ice cream! With six acres of lavender fields, Warratina is a real working lavender farm. Take a personalised tour through the 'Drying Shed' where the lavender is processed directly from the field before being transformed into one of the many products in the unique range ($5 per person, minimum six persons). The Cottage Gift Shop showcases the extensive product range. They stock a range of lavender plants and can advise you on a variety of choices. Fragrance fills the air in spring and summer when the property is ablaze in a sea of purple. At any time of year, you can escape the hectic pace of daily life and enjoy a stroll through the lavender fields and gardens. Breathe the fresh country air and take in the views of distant mountains. Either as a single interest visit or as part of a regional tour, group visits can be tailored to suit you. Groups larger than ten persons should pre-book.
At Squitchy Lane Vineyard, they work hard in the vineyard to make sure their winemaker doesn't have to work hard in the winery. If the grapes are not right, no amount of winemaking attention can fix them. Squitchy Lane Vineyard let their grapes do the talking. That is their winemaking philosophy. This means reducing winery additives and regular but gentle handling of the wines since they believe there is a substantial difference between physical and chemical inputs. The end result is a group of wines that are balanced, harmonious and graceful. Squitchy Lane Vineyard strive for full flavour development at low alcohol levels so the wines can refresh as well as sustain the soul. Squitchy Lane Vineyard grow and produce Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Visit their rustic cellar door for a truly authentic wine tasting, open during the weekends.
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.
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.
Set in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Silvan Reservoir Park is an easy drive from Melbourne and ideal for a great day out. Featuring landscaped picnic areas and open lawns surrounded by an impressive eucalypt forest, this park is perfect for a picnic or barbecue. 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.
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.
Boasting spectacular views over Silvan Reservoir and the south-eastern face of the Dandenong Ranges, Kalorama Park is perfect for picnics, barbecues or simply relaxing whilst enjoying the magnificent surrounds. Enjoy a relaxing picnic in the area below the lower carpark which is surrounded by garden beds with elm trees, silver birch, pine trees and pin oaks, along with Australian native plants and ferns. This picnic area has two gas barbecues under the picnic shelter, making it the perfect place for a family or group get together. An expansive grassy area near the upper carpark is an ideal setting to spread out the picnic blanket and enjoy lunch. The views over the south-eastern face of the Ranges are spectacular from the upper carpark. A number of large eucalypt trees and tree ferns in the area offer ample shade to escape the summer heat. A drinking fountain and water tap are located within the main picnic area near the picnic shelter. Kalorama Lookout is located on the Mount Dandenong Tourist Road at the Five Ways intersection. The lookout provides one of the finest vantage points to view the Dandenong Ranges, surrounding foothills and Yarra Ranges in the distance. A number of short walking tracks commence from each of the three carparks. These tracks are ideal for a short stroll before or after your barbecue lunch. The tracks pass through native forest, historical fruit orchards and exotic plantings. 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.
Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead Museum is located in the rolling hills of Wandin in the Yarra Valley. It was built by Henry Sebire, a stonemason, in the 1880's, with handmade bricks produced on site, and has been lovingly restored and furnished by the Wandin community. The old Homestead, Saint Mary's Chapel and the surrounds, are maintained and managed by volunteers. A Working forge, Wood-turners workroom, Yarra Valley Vintage Machinery Preservation Society are on the property. A Country Market is held the second Saturday of the month except June, July and August. Special Events coming up are the art show in August, history week in October and Mont De Lancey Draught horse and Machinery Heritage Festival in November. Please see website for more details. The property is a magnificent venue for weddings and special occasions. Either Chapel or garden, Mont De Lancey can cater to either wedding ceremony. The Heritage Education Centre is a joint project with Wandin Yallock Primary School. Groups of primary school children visit to learn the pioneering history in this unique, hands on environment. Teachers deliver a carefully structured programme, which meets current education guidelines. Free entry to the Gallery displaying a variety of artworks for sale by local artists. The gift shop has a wide range of homemade jams and pickles, hand crafted items including jewellery, pottery, wood turned gifts, baby wear, soaps, toys, knitted pieces and much more. The gift shop has a wide range of homemade jams and pickles, hand crafted items including jewellery, pottery, wood turned gifts, baby wear, soaps, toys, knitted pieces and much more. Tours of the property are available from Wednesday to Sunday. Group tours may be arranged for Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment. Please visit the website for further details. The whole property is readily accessible by wheel-chair.
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.