Enfolded by rolling hills and coursed by the Yarra River, the Yarra Valley's pastoral spread makes it an absolutely classic daytrip (or, better yet, overnighter) out of Melbourne. The scenery is reason enough to tool around here, but this is also an epicurean getaway of the highest order. Most notably, it accounts for Victoria's oldest and some of its most esteemed wine country, particularly known for Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. And man, there's nothing like pairing some Yarra Valley vino with Yarra Valley cheese. Add topnotch restaurants, spas, u-pick farms, the Aussie critters at Healesville Sanctuary, the Tarrawarra Museum of Art, and other attractions, and you're all set up for an awesome rural retreat within hollering distance of Melbourne.
These are not the dessert pies made of sugary fruit, but the hearty, meaty variety. The menu... Read more