Melbourne is a city that doesn’t give all its secrets away in one go. To crack its mysteries, you need a keen eye, a bit of time and a healthy sense of curiosity.
To help you out, we’ve shared with you a few of our ultimate things to do surrounding Melbourne. Whether its the Yarra Valley, Dandenongs, Warrandyte or Warbuton and on the way, from the food to the attractions and everything in between. For a deeper look into some things to do in Melbourne and throughout, browse Tours to Go.
Choice is delicious in the Yarra Valley. Fabulous wineries with offerings from paddles to full eight course degustation lunch options. We have restaurants with kitchen gardens that you can wander through, chefs with passion and local produce that inspires people to keep returning to their tables. Find yourself on a stool in one of our cafes, on a bench seat in a bakery or wind down and relax over a leisurely long meal. Taste your way through the Yarra Valley.
Melbourne is home to a number unique markets ranging from farmers markets to craft markets. Click on the links below to learn more.
Self Guided Trips
YARRA RIVER, WARRANDYTE Ideal period for these trips is Between October and May. We offer you the opportunity to enjoy a self guided walk along the Yarra river travelling at your own pace. Discover paths to keep you on the go with an extensive network of bush walking and cycling trails.
Being Australia’s most professional ballooning company Global Ballooning provide passengers’ with an adventure experience. All our passengers are VIP and our focus is on our passengers comfort, and enjoyment. Through years of operation as a fully accredited tourism operator we have developed an array of services second to none, including hot air balloon flights over beautiful Melbourne, Yarra Valley.
Worawa Aboriginal College provides a holistic education and boarding experience for young Aboriginal women in the middle years of schooling (Years 7-10) who come from Aboriginal communities in urban regional and remote Australia. At Worawa, Aboriginal art, dance, song, language and story-telling give expression to Aboriginal identity and are embedded in the curriculum. Culture is central and the uniqueness of each girl is fostered as she explores her own ideas and identity through the arts. The Worawa Art Studio is a vibrant centre where students are inspired by music and produce stunning work that relates to their individual experience and Clan Dreaming. Exhibitions of student art show a fusion of contemporary and traditional styles and narratives.
Healesville Sanctuary, or the Sir Colin MacKenzie Fauna Park, is a zoo specializing in native Australian animals. It is located at Healesville in rural Victoria, Australia, and has a history of breeding native animals.
Come and visit us in the picturesque Yarra Valley where our stunning architect designed Chocolaterie is a sweet feast for the senses. We welcome you with free chocolate tastings, displays of thousands of premium chocolates and European chocolatiers at work handcrafting our creations.
A must see garden made at the top of The Dandenongs where a maze of stone walls and jewel like garden rooms are set within woodlands of magnificent and historic cool climate trees. www.cloudehill.com.au 03 9751 1009
It all began in 1939 with Dutch migrants; Cees and Johanna Tesselaar leaving Holland on their wedding day with a suitcase full of bulbs. Setting up shop in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges they began growing tulips, an exotic bloom for the time which caused a stir with people jumping fences to get a closer look. The gates were opened in 1954 and the festival was born. From simple beginnings to what is now one of Victoria’s major tourist attractions, the success of The Tesselaar Tulip Festival rests entirely with the unique and timeless beauty of the tulip. There is nothing more captivating than a field of colourful tulips. The family business is now managed by Cees and Johanna’s grandson, Paul Tesselaar. www.tulipfestival.com.au Tel. 0397377722
Less than one hour from the Melbourne CBD you can be SkyHigh – on the uppermost reach of the Dandenong Ranges, amid cool fern glades and lush towering native forest, looking at the big picture, from the Mornington Peninsula across the majestic sweep of Port Phillip Bay, surrounded by Melbourne’s growing urban fringes, to the You Yangs on the southern horizon. After sunset the southern sky, brilliant in the clear mountain night, is imitated by a spectacular carpet of city lights.
Set in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, Silvan Reservoir Park is an easy drive from Melbourne and ideal for a great day out. The beautifully landscaped picnic areas and open lawns of Silvan Reservoir Park help to make it an ideal location for a day away from it all.
Emerald is a delightful little town set in the Dandenong Ranges, which lie behind Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. Over the weekend people come from the city into ‘the hills’ to take in the scenic forests and visit the cafes, galleries, and antique and craft stores.
Situated in a ferny glade in the Dandenongs, William Ricketts Sanctuary is a place of beauty and tranquillity, due both to the natural setting and the mystical sculptures half hidden among ferns along the pathways. It is a place for quiet reflection and for contemplation of the essence of the vision of William Ricketts. Many travel across the world to visit this place time and time again. Things to do- Kiln-fired clay sculptures of Aboriginal figures are discreetly set among rocks, fern trees and Mountain Ash. These sculptures are an expression of Rickett’s philosophy – which all people need to act as custodians of the natural environment in the same way as Aborigines, the inspiration for much of his work. Stroll through the gardens and explore the 92 ceramic sculptures of people and animals which merge with the natural surroundings. Enjoy the audio-visual display featuring William Ricketts where visitors can see for themselves the vision and passion that live in his art. Heritage – In the 1930s William Rickets bought a four-acre bush block on Mount Dandenong and called it Potter’s Sanctuary. Word spread about the extraordinary sculptures that began to adorn the property. In time, the Victorian Government heard about his work and, in the early 1960s, the land and adjoining blocks were bought for the people. William Ricketts lived on at the Sanctuary into his nineties and continued to create his sculptures until his death in 1993.
The National Rhododendron Gardens are host to brilliantly coloured blooms
of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around. When not in bloom, you can still soak in the beauty of rich bark textures, seed capsules, foliage shapes and beautiful fragrance as you stroll through the grounds.
The many linking paths through this garden take you beneath a canopy of awesome Mountain Ash Trees. … Alfred Nicholas Garden is open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every day except Christmas Day.
The Trees Adventure High Ropes Park is unquestionably an awesome setting for enjoying eco-adventure fun. Located in a stunning heritage garden of Belgrave and next to Puffing Billy in the Melbourne Dandenongs, Trees Adventure is a must-see destination for all adventure lovers. With numerous adrenaline pumping rides high above the ground, you will be amazed and thrilled when you cross the thrilling tree-top obstacles.
Kokoda Track Memorial Walk (incorporating 1000 Steps). 3km 1.5 hr return. Grade: Steep (reasonable fitness required). … Created in the early 1900s the 1000 Steps Walk was originally made from the trunks of tree ferns laid along the wetter areas of the walk.
2 hour, 1/2 day, in the scenic Warrandyte and Wonga Park area.
Enjoy paddling down gentle rapids, spotting the local Koalas and enjoying the tranquility of the Yarra River and Warrandyte State Park.
These trips operate between October and May but can be taylored outside these times weather dependant. Standard: Easy sections & Easy to Moderate sections. We will provide the following equipment:
• Canoes, paddles, PFD’s and helmets.
• Instruction pre trip for self guided and on river for guided trips.
• Barrels to assist in keeping food, towel or extra clothes dry.
• Complementary transport service from the pull out point back to your car.
WARBURTON & ON THE WAY
Step back in time to the early settlement of the Yarra Valley Have you ever wondered how the pioneers of the Yarra Valley lived a 100 or more years ago?
Take a trip back in time, to Mont De Lancey and an authentic recreation of pioneer life that will engage and entertain you and your family. Wandin’s earliest brick homestead and its gardens have been fully restored and you can even meet some of the descendants of the pioneer families who will bring local history alive as you tour this award-winning heritage attraction in the beautiful Yarra Valley.
Rayner’s Orchard are a boutique fruit orchard in the Yarra Valley that grows over 350 varieties of fruit including peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, tamarillo, pomegranate, persimmon, pepino, feijoa, guava, kiwi fruit, dutch medlar and various citrus throughout winter. Our café on the farm serves breakfast, snacks, lunches and drinks from 8.30am
– 4.30pm daily
Warratina Lavender Farm is situated one hour from Melbourne at the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges, in the beautiful Yarra Valley. A family business run by Annemarie and Peter Manders, Warratina takes pride in producing home-grown lavender products.
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