Yarra Valley & Mt Dandenong

Yarra Valley & Mt Dandenong

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Destination Description

Yarra Valley 

Yarra Valley is a winery region located 45 km east of Melbourne CBD, the region has Yarra River flows across it, its relatively cool climate has made it suitable for wine making, as a result, a thriving wine sector has been established in the region with more than 100 wineries. Yarra Valley offers a wide varieties of wine to suit your palate. The region is well-known for shiraz, sparkling wine, chardonnay and pinot noir. In addition, this region boasts of some of the best restaurants in Victoria, you can enjoy delicious food made from organic produce sourced locally complimented with a glass of silky red wine.

 

Mount Dandenong

Mount Dandenong is a national park located 35 km east of Melbourne CBD, it is a popular tourist attraction thanks to its lush rainforest and mountainous environment. There are a number of gorgeous gardens on the mountain, the most famous ones are National Rhododendron Gardens and William Ricketts Sanctuary, surrounded by a number of orchards and berry farms around Dandenong Ranges, making it one of the favourite tourism spots near Melbourne.  Its 633 meters above sea-level observatory offers a spectacular view of the nearby areas and Melbourne city.

Highlights

 

  • Puffing Billy - steam train that travels through Dandenong Ranges’s forests and fern gullies, first opened on 18 December 1900 (optional)
  • Healesville Sanctuary - is a zoo located in the Healesville region in Victoria that specialises in native Australian animals, e.g. Kangaroo, Koala and Platypus (optional). 
  • Yarra Valley Wineries - wine tasting at some of the best vineyards in Victoria and enjoy the natural beauty of Yarra Valley.
  • Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery - delicious chocolate store that offers plenty of chocolate and ice cream for tasting and purchase.
  • William Ricketts Sanctuary - A combination of natural beauty and mystical sculpture arts created by William Ricketts, inspired by the Aboriginal culture. Or
  • National Rhododendron Gardens, brings you to an ocean of flowers, featuring hundreds of different varieties, it is highly recommended during spring and summer.
  • Skyhigh Mt Dandenong - is the highest point in the surrounding area, it offers fantastic view over the greater Melbourne region and is a wonderful sunset watching spot.

Recommended Schedule

Summer: Depart at 10:00 AM and return at 7:30 PM

Winter: Depart 09:00 AM and return at 6:30 PM

 

Price

Mercedes (Up to 7 Passengers): AUD $629

Mercedes (8 - 11 Passengers): AUD $849

 

Optional Activities

  • 1000 steps (Kokoda Memorial Walk) - experience a tiny sense of the exhaustion felt by the Australian soldiers following the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea in World War II. The trail roams across a dense rainforest in Dandenong Ranges. This activity requires medium level of physical fitness.
  • Sherbrooke Bird Feeding - come into close contact with the native Australian cockatoos and feed them on your hands. 
  • Olinda Falls Reserve - a small but nice waterfall that is surrounded by lush ferns, a walk away from the picnic carpark. 

 

Friendly Reminder Before Your Trip

  • Warm jacket as it's quite windy on the mountain top and if case of weather change.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Comfortable sports shoes, especially if you plan to do some trekking.
  • If you wants to purchase a bottle of wine for personal indulgence, please ensure you are enjoying it on private premises as consumption of alcohol in public is prohibited in Victoria. 

Inclusion

  • Transportation costs
  • Travel guide fees
  • Skyhigh Mt Dandenong entry fee
  • Free bottled water
  • Hotel pick-up / drop-off

 

Exclusion

  • Puffing Billy steam train ride costs (we recommend you to purchase one-way tickets,  for more information on the ticket options, please refer to Ticket Info.
  • Bird feeding cost
  • Wine tasting fee (applicable at some wineries)
  • Meal and drink costs