ABSOLUTELY AUSTRALIA TRAVEL GUIDE & DIRECTORY

This region, located to the east of Melbourne, can be divided into two separate areas - the Dandenong Ranges and the Yarra Valley.

Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley surrounds the upper regions of the Yarra River, which originates approximately 90 kilometres east of the Melbourne central business district and flows towards it and out into Port Phillip Bay. Included in the Yarra Valley is the sub-region of Upper Yarra (or the Upper Yarra Valley) which encompasses the towns of the former Shire of Upper Yarra in the catchment area upstream of and including Woori Yallock. The Yarra Valley is a popular day-trip and tourist area, featuring a range of natural features and agricultural produce, as well as the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail.

Visit the magnificent parks and gardens of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges or escape on a scenic hot air balloon flight. Explore lush fern glades, spectacular natural attractions, towering forests and eclectic villages and indulge in life's great pleasures of food, wine, scenery and inspiring arts.

The Yarra Valley is host to a thriving wine growing industry. The area's relatively cool climate makes it particularly suited to the production of high-quality chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wine. The Yarra Valley was Victoria's first planted wine region, beginning with a vineyard at Yering Station in 1838. Australia's cooler wine regions, especially the Yarra Valley, are leading the charge on leaner, acid-driven styles of Chardonnay

The Yarra Valley not only has a rich history of wineries but also a significant history with beer and cider production dating back to early 1800s.

The Dandenong Ranges

The Dandenong Ranges (commonly just the Dandenongs) are a set of low mountain ranges bordering Melbourne's eastern suburbs, rising to 633 metres at Mount Dandenong, approximately 35 km east of Melbourne. The Dandenongs span valleys and hills covered in thick temperate rainforest and dense ferny undergrowth. Enjoy bushwalking and cycling on extensive trails through The Dandenongs lush vegetation. From Mount Dandenong experience expansive panoramic views of Melbourne City. Take in the surrounding scenic landscapes on the historic Puffing Billy steam train on journeys between Belgrave and Gembrook.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head for the rolling green hills of the Dandenong Ranges. Discover more world class food and wine and spectacular natural attractions. The area’s premier tourist attraction, the Mount Dandenong Observatory, is situated in beautiful parkland sitting over 633 metres above the sea-level.

You'll come alive with the colours of Sherbooke Forest & its wildlife. The Crimson Rosella leads by example with its fluorescent red plumage. To really enjoy the experience, take a ride on the Puffing Billy steam train.