Just 90 minutes’ drive from Melbourne, but a holiday in the Yarra Valley region of Victoria will feel like a world away. Boasting renowned wineries and breweries nestled amid rolling hills and fern gullies full of wildlife and sights, the Yarra Valley is resplendent in its natural attributes.

As a well-known cool climate viticultural region, over 50 local vineyards open their cellar doors for tastings of their award-winning drops. Paired with wild salmon farms, quality dairy products, and fresh seasonal produce, the region’s bounty make for the perfect picnic or treat yourself at one of the many indulgent restaurants and cafes in Healesville and Yarra Glen. Secluded spots and spectacular views are on offer at the Yarra Ranges National Park, Toolangi State Forest and Kinglake National Park where trails will lead you to spy native flora and fauna such as the lyrebird, platypus and echidnas.

Accommodation in this neck of the woods is similarly refined. Choose from self-contained cottages to cozy B&Bs, or 5-star chalets to vineyard villas to truly soak up the charming ambience of the Yarra Valley. With cooler conditions than Melbourne, enjoy the crisp air and verdant scenery of the Yarra Valley all year round.