An hour outside of Melbourne on the Burwood Highway, Belgrave is home to Australia's oldest steam railway Puffing Billy. Wind your way through the fern gullies and forests of the Dandenong Ranges National Park and explore the charming village of the Dandenongs. Call into one of the tea rooms for a traditional Devonshire Tea or hand fee Crimson Rosellas at the Grant Picnic Ground. William Ricketts Sanctuary is a must for its sculptures while the National Rhododendrons Gardens are also an interesting attraction.
Early risers might enjoy a dawn hot air balloon ride over the Yarra Valley followed by a champagne breakfast while the Healesville Sanctuary offers more than 200 native wildlife and species however no visit to the Yarra Valley is complete without dedicating some time to the fantastic range of wineries and vineyards. Choose from more than 35 cellar doors including icons such as Coldstream Hills, Yering Station, De Bortoli and Domaine Chandon where you can not only sample some of these award winning wines but also enjoy gourmet dining. Sample the produce of the Yarra Valley Dairy, visit the Forest Discovery Centre of Toolangi Hills and see the Singing Garden of CJ Dennis.
Travel the Maroondah Highway over Black Spur to the delightful town of Marysville, home to a vintage car museum and the amazing Bruno's Art Gallery. The specialty stores will keep busy and the wild waterfalls are a must see while in town. Lake Mountains is also nearby and offers the best cross country snowfield in Australia. Scenic Warburton is well worth the drive and offers breathtaking natural attractions including Mt Donna Buang and the Yarra River. Heading back to Melbourne, follow the Warburton Highway detouring to visit wineries along the way.
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