Just east of Melbourne you’ll find the captivating Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Yarra Valley is one of Victoria’s most well-loved wine regions, while the Dandenong Ranges are a scenic collection of mountain ranges perfect for nature lovers.
If you want to see the best of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges without the hassle of planning, consider taking a tour with VIC Rainbow Tours. This tour group is proudly gay owned and operated and has comprehensive knowledge of the area, from the best places to wine and dine to the ideal locations for a bushwalk. Alternatively, hop in a rental car and choose a scenic drive to follow: hop between you-pick farms for a unique and delicious experience, follow the Art Lives Here trail to visit local open studios and larger galleries, or follow the Melba Highway and stop at all the attractions along the way.
If you’d rather get out of the car and stretch your legs, there are plenty of ways to explore the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges on foot or on a bicycle. If you are interested in the history of the region, you can take a hike that explores the remnants of the timber industry that used to thrive in the area, including a look at Ada Tree, one of Victoria’s oldest living trees. You can also explore one of the numerous walks through Dandenong Ranges National Park.
While you’re in the Yarra Valley, be sure to make time to visit some of the many renowned wineries. Whether you take a leisurely drive to visit the cellar doors on your own or arrange a wine tour through the valley, you will get to sample award-winning shiraz, vino, and cider from some of the best vineyards in the country.