Luxury, Boutique and Romantic Accommodation in the Yarra Valley and Dandenongs
Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa
1309 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen VIC 3775, Australia
Luxury accommodation and foodie experiences in the Yarra Valley and Dandenongs
The Dandenongs has been wooing city dwellers for more than 100 years. Although close enough to Melbourne for Sunday drives and daytrips, the region’s attractions warrant a longer stay. There’s no shortage of accommodation in the Ranges, from old-world guesthouses and welcoming B&Bs to stunning romantic luxury retreats. Although it's only 45 minutes' drive from the city – close enough for a Sunday drive – the area's many attractions merit a longer stay.
The road from Ferntree Gully winds its way through quaint historic villages such as Sassafras and Olinda – home to cosy tearooms, interesting shops and gourmet delis packed with local produce. Stop here and pick up picnic fare to enjoy in the lush glades around One Tree Hill, Fern Gully and Sherbrooke Forest, which you will share with those famous lyrebirds, as well as flocks of cockatoos, parrots and galahs. One must, no matter what your age, is a joy ride on the historic Puffing Billy, an open-carriage railway that chugs through the bush and over trestle bridges. At the heart of the region, Healesville is a hub for tourists, many of whom pay a visit to the koalas, kangaroos, platypuses and other native fauna at the renowned Healesville Sanctuary. Habitat exhibits and an insight into the on-site veterinary wildlife hospital make this a fun and educational highlight for holidaying kids.
Under the shadows of the Dandenong Ranges, the Yarra Valley is one of Victoria’s most prized wine regions. Renowned for its cool-climate drops, the Yarra Valley has a collection of 40 wineries in the area. Although vines were first planted here in 1837 at Yering Station, the local wine industry all but died between the 1890s until mid-century and it is only since the 1960s that its now renowned cool-climate grapes have flourished. Hopping between vineyards and artisanal produces is an indulgent way to spend a weekend. Many estates are home to acclaimed eateries and grazing on an alfresco lunch can become a daily occurrence. A wide-range of accommodation in the area makes it easy to ferry back and forth between cellar doors.
Some 40 wineries in the area welcome visitors for cellar door tastings and sales – including the distinguished vineyards of Domain Chandon and De Bortoli – with the biggest concentration lying around Yarra Glen and Dixons Creek. Many of the estates make a glorious setting for sampling the local produce or dabbling in fine dining, and there are a collection of artisan producers - dairy, chocolate and the like - that offer tasting plates and more gourmet experiences.
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