Breathtaking views, home-grown and quality food and wines, romantic getaways, exciting experiences and elaborate adventures are just part of the reason that these regions entice city-dwellers to visit for a day, a night, even a week at a time. If you haven’t been to the Yarra Valley in a while, it is time to jump in your car take a leisurely drive there now.
Vibe Hotel Marysville
Nestled in the foothills of Marysville, with the mountainous backdrop of the Great Dividing Range, this contemporary yet spacious hotel blends effortlessly into its tranquil surrounds. Boasting a riverside location, a range of outdoor adventures with many culinary delights to discover for the weary explorer. Across the road from eclectic art collections and boutique shops, along with a trout farm a short distance away, this hotel offers the perfect getaway. With well-equipped guest rooms, and conference facilities, contemporary and spacious design and a wellness centre including an outdoor pool, the experience will have you recharged and refreshed in next to no time.
Marysville Trout & Salmon Ponds
With luscious ponds filled with fresh swimming trout and salmon, you can’t go wrong at this serene venue. They provide everything, rods, hooks, fish and bait – all you need to do is throw it in and wait for the bites! But be warned, you keep what you catch and based on the weight is what you need to pay. Once finished, you can BBQ on-site in the outdoor area or the owners will clean and gut the fish for a take-home delight. Just remember to ask them the best way to cook it once you get it there.
Set amongst 4 acres, these gardens greet you with a 100-meter arbour filled with wisteria and roses. Separating the area into 6 different gardens, the clear focus is natural beauty and shade. The types of gardens range from a Perennial border garden, a dry garden or an edible garden to a forest garden, a parterre garden and a display garden, you won’t know where to start. With a kiosk for the hungry explorer, a giant chessboard in the maple courtyard to keep the kids entertained and a large plant nursery. Be advised, you can spend an entire day here without even trying.
Adorned with a 1000 litre hybrid pot still, the owners are turning grains into spirits as opposed to bread in this one-time bakery. Located in the centre of Healesville, tucked away down a laneway, Alchemy Distillers have breathed new life into this old bakery. With three core products, you will be impressed with the quality and simplicity of their offerings. Quinoa Vodka, Chamomile Gin and the much-loved Moonshine with a small variety of batch spirits produced on the side.
Coldstream Brewery produces four standard beers and two ciders, all on tap for tasting and take-away. A friendly and casual stop, you can eat in the restaurant with delectable fresh and locally sourced food or just knock back a Coldstream created beer or cider or both! Making up part of the Yarra Valley Cider Ale Trail, you can skip the rest and stay here or trial all this beautiful area has to offer.