Located just an hour’s drive from hustle and bustle of Melbourne, the picturesque Yarra Valley is home to a plethora of award-winning and boutique wineries, as well as many artisanal food producers, art galleries, quaint shops, and stunning scenery.
Indeed, the region is a wonderful place to explore on holiday or weekend getaway, with plenty to see and do.
If you are planning a trip to the Valley, a great way to explore the region is via campervan.
A campervan provides you the freedom to enjoy tasting plenty of the local specialties and catching a quick nap before you hit the road.
Luxurious campervan company Maui, have their Platinum Beach camper available from just $1,848AUD for seven days hire.
The Platinum Beach camper comfortably sleeps four adults, has modern bathroom facilities including shower and toilet, and a 4 burner gas stove as well as a grill.
For those wine connoisseurs, the Yarra Valley is a mecca for lovers of bold, complex reds or crisp, clear whites and for your first day visit it is recommended that you visit some of the amazing vineyards in the region.
The TarraWarra Winery Estate is one of the more popular wineries in the region.
Operating with a respect for sustainability across 400-hectares, the winery produces some first-rate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals with prices starting from around $22AUD per bottle.
If you are looking to taste test the winery’s produce, the TarraWarra Cellar Door has a comprehensive selection of quality tasting wines and while you there, also sample the local fresh produce, expertly prepared by Chef Robin Sutcliffe, at the on-site restaurant.
After filling your belly with fine food and drink, you can set up camp for the night at the nearby BIG4 Badger Creek Holiday Park in Healesville.
The park contains a variety of powered site options for campervans, with prices starting from around $37AUD per night.
The park features a convenience store, games room with open fireplace, separate TV room, large laundry and an adventure playground for kids.
On Day Two, after a refreshing night’s sleep, head off to Marysville.
On February 7, 2009, most of this quiet bush town was destroyed by the Black Saturday bush fires, including the primary school and police station.
However, the village is being rebuilt and is a fine example of the resilient Aussie spirit.
For visitors to the region, Marysville and its surrounds are chock full of peaceful walks and waterfalls to explore, such as the popular Steavensons Falls.
Don’t miss a visit to the fascinating Marysville Crystal Gardens and Shop where you can wander the crystal-filled gardens, explore the sweet fairy village, or browse the gift shop for an assortment of items for the home and garden.
After you’ve worked up an appetite, stop for lunch at the Lazy River Cafe, situated on the Steavensons River.
The broad menu features everything from wood-fired pizzas and seafood, to steak, vegetarian meals, and a kids menu for the little ones.
Finish your day with a visit to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges National Park.
Entry to the park is free and once there you can take in the stunning Mountain Ash trees and lush fern gullies; spot a variety of native wildlife; picnic in the grounds; or explore the area via one of the many walking trails.
Some of the most popular tracks are the Sherbrooke Falls Walk, the Living Bush Nature Walk, or the 1,000 Steps/Kokoda Track Memorial Walk.
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Saturday 1st of March 2014
Thanks for sharing your experiences. I will be in Bali this Monday, and 10 days later in Australia for a 3 week long journey by car. I just put Yarra Valley in places to visit nearby Melbourne.
A week ago I was in Khao Yai National Park in Thailand, it was one of the best national parks I have ever been to;
I got chance to see wild elephant, wild boar, martens, civets, deers, porcupines, monkeys, lizards and few snakes. all in three days. It is recommended if you ever get there.
Thanks again for your blog.
Saturday 1st of March 2014
I love the Yarra Valley. SO many amazing wineries and places to eat. I love tasting the local produce and washing it down with the delicious wines. The scenery is stunning to!