Disappear from the bustle of city life into a lush haven of hidden delights in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. For a fresh and exciting view of the Yarra Valley, take to the dawn skies in a hot-air balloon. Or visit Mount Dandenong for stunning views of the city lights of Melbourne.

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General Information about Yarra Valley

Tuck yourself away in front of an open fire in the Yarra Valley to indulge in life's great pleasures of food, wine, spectacular scenery and inspiring arts. Place yourself in the spot where Victorian wine growing started and pay homage to the grape at the cellar doors of wine making institutions or discover exciting new gems.

Sample the wines and stay around for a tour and linger over a meal as you discover the regional passion for food, with fresh local produce matched to the wines in vineyard restaurants. For a fresh and exciting view of the valley, take to the dawn skies in a hot-air balloon before descending into a vineyard to enjoy a breakfast of sparkling wine and just-picked produce.

See how artists both local and international have perceived the surrounds at TarraWarra Museum of Art or at small artist studios dotted around the region. The Yarra Valley may only be under an hour from Melbourne, but you'll be rewarded for taking a few days to get to know it. Stay a night or two in a chic boutique B&B, self-contained cottage, winery retreat or five-star luxury lodge.

For more information on where to stay and things to do, see our Yarra Valley directory.

General Information about Dandenong Ranges

Disappear from the bustle of city life into a lush haven of hidden delights in the Dandenong Ranges' secret fern glades, towering forests and eclectic villages. Observe how far you've come as you gaze down at the city's twinkling panorama of fairy lights from SkyHigh atop Mount Dandenong.

Glimpse the shiny flanks of the historic Puffing Billy steam engine from your hilltop cottage or sun-kissed garden as it chuffs along its narrow-gauge track. Jump aboard and dangle your feet out of the open-sided carriages, or act grown up and enjoy first-class travel.

Taste just how Dandenong Ranges eateries have successfully mixed one part modern style with one part tradition. Tuck into famous Devonshire teas, dine aboard Puffing Billy or savour just-picked berries and local produce in cosy cafes or airy restaurants.

Stay in an elegant guesthouse dating from a century ago when the Dandenong Ranges was Melbourne's favourite retreat, or choose from more contemporary accommodation that combines old world affectations with modern luxury, space and style.

Regional Towns

The Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges are home to a number of delightful towns, including:

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