Directly on Melbourne's doorstep
From sipping coffee, browsing the boutiques and enjoying all the trappings of the big city in the morning, you can be in the heart of the Yarra Valley for a wine-matching luncheon or a classic tea-and-scones afternoon. Just an hour from Melbourne, it's easy to get to the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges on the Eastern Freeway and Maroondah Highway. Keep an eye out for cheap flights to Melbourne from domestic carriers Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar, and consider extending your stay to include a sojourn to the city's stunning outskirts.
Wine, dine and unwind on a tour
Who wants to do all the leg work when they're on holidays? A private or group tour of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges is the ideal itinerary inclusion, whether you want to be chauffeured from one awarded winery to the next or are keen to let your environmental side loose in the stunning rainforest surrounds.
From city limits to country roads
The Yarra may be known for being cycle-friendly, but where are you going to put all of those delicious picnic supplies and souvenirs you collect along the way? Book a hire car and take advantage of the self-guided tour routes like the scenic Black Spur Drive, taking your time to explore the region's charismatic and historic townships.