Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges Travel Guide

The Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges offer some of Victoria's most picturesque hinterland and feature tall timbre forests, vast plantations of mountain ash, some of the best eucalypt forests in Australia and the largest flowering tree in the world. The Yarra Valley is also home more than 35 wineries and vineyards and is popular both for day trips and extended stays.


Yarra Valley accommodation offers a range of hotels, resorts, retreats, estates, lodges and chateaus to suit all tastes and budgets. These intimate and relaxing accommodation options are typically designed with traditional colonial style yet still enjoy all the modern comforts of luxury accommodation. Conveniently located, the accommodation is set in the heart of the Yarra Valley and is surrounded by wineries, vineyards and the region's many other attractions. Ranging from 4 to 5 stars, Yarra Valley accommodation embraces the region’s wine heritage and is situated within the grounds of a number of popular vineyards and country clubs, offering a fine food and wine experience throughout your stay.

Yarra Valley Holiday Packages

Yarra Valley holiday packages are a fantastic way to experience this picturesque region and save time and money when booking your country Victoria escape. Offering the best value for money, these packages combine your holiday essentials with a wonderful range of optional extras to not only enjoy significant savings, but to make planning and booking your holiday easy. Bundling your accommodation with flights or car hire as well as transfers, meals, activities, tours, travel insurance and more allows you to secure your holiday at a heavily discounted rate while still enjoying all the comforts. You’ll also enjoy access to a range of complimentary inclusions such as free nights, complimentary room upgrades, breakfast daily, massages and more.


The Yarra Valley is home to a wide range of attractions including the Healesville Sanctuary where you can get up close and personal with some of the unique Australian wildlife. The sanctuary is home to over 200 species of animals, all living in a bushland setting with displays presented throughout the day including emu, kangaroos, koalas, wallabies and the platypus. The route continues on to beautiful Steavenson's Falls and Marysville, home to the three stunning forest drives of Black Spur, Acheron Way and Lady Talbot. At 80m, Steavenson's Falls are also the highest waterfalls in Victoria and are floodlit at night, making for a truly spectacular sight. Heading west through Warburton and the picturesque lookout of Mt Donna Buang, the route travels through the spectacular scenery of the Yarra Ranges National Park, Lilydale, Woori Yallock and the Dandenong Ranges National Park.

Getting to the Yarra Valley

Conveniently located approximately one hour east of the Melbourne Airport and CBD, getting to the Yarra Valley is easy. The Eastern Freeway and Eastlink tollway feeds into the Ringwood Bypass where you can take the Maroondah Highway through to the Melba Highway and then Yarra Glen. Alternatively, there is a more scenic option from the Eastern Freeway that takes you along Upper Heidelberg Road and the Metro Route 44 through Eltham and to Kangaroo Ground before finishing up in Yarra Glen. Public transport is also an option with rail services operating from Melbourne to the nearby stations in Hurstbridge, Lilydale and Belgrave as well as a number of bus services between the towns.