Yarra Glen is located at the heart of the Yarra Valley, less than an hours drive from Melbourne. The great food, the beautiful wineries and picturesque landscape combine to make Yarra Glen the perfect spot for a romantic escape from Melbourne. Several National Parks sit on the doorstep of Yarra Glen, so if you love the relaxing serenity that comes with being close to nature, the Yarra Glen is a must visit location.
For those who enjoy the finer things in life, the wineries in the area have some of the best food and wine you will ever taste! The restaurants in the Yarra Valley region are known for using the freshest and best local produce to whip up their meals. Take a tour and see how the locals make their delicious wines and cheeses. Or for a scenic journey, take the aerial route, with a hot air balloon ride over the valley and gaze at the vineyards below. Couples will love the romantic atmosphere and can enjoy a range of self contained cottages or apartments, or charming bed and breakfasts. Alternatively, those looking to enjoy Yarra Glen in upmost comfort will love the luxury hotels available.
Once you have satiated your appetite with some delicious foods and wines, time to get exploring! A short half hour drive south takes you to the Dandenong Ranges in the Fern Tree Gully region, while the Toolangi State Forest is only 20 minutes to the north. For a bit of a further drive, Kinglake National Park is about a 35 minute drive away. All three of these parks offer a unique taste of the natural beauty surrounding Yarra Glen. There are some wonderful picnic spots throughout the parks and some easy walking tracks where you can enjoy the tranquillity of nature. The plant life and stunning views will impress visitors of all ages. If you are looking for a holiday close to nature without spending too much, then there are some great budget hotel and motel options in the Yarra Glen area for you!
Of course, no visit to the Yarra Valley region would be complete without a trip to Healesville to visit the Healesville Sanctuary. Get up close and personal with some Australian wildlife, and learn all about Australia’s unique and furry and scaly local inhabitants. Kids in particular have always loved visiting Healesville Sanctuary, so if you have children with you, stay at the nearby fantastic family accommodation. There are several larger self contained apartments and cottages for the entire family, as well as some great hotel and motel options in Yarra Glen to stay at, which will please families of all sizes and tastes.