Melbourne, on the banks of the Yarra river and close to Port Philip Bay, is a wonderful vibrant city renowned for its style and elegance. It has Australia’s best shopping, big festivals and events and a great foodie culture!
Within driving distance of Melbourne are national parks and forests for wildlife and trekking, lakes for adventure activities, mountains for skiing and world class wineries.
Melbourne has some outstanding heritage architecture, beautiful gardens and parks, great museums and galleries for art lovers and chic restaurants offering world class cuisine.
Shopping in Melbourne is a major highlight. Experience its best shops by walking through its beautiful arcades and by lanes. Of course there are also the traditional shopping malls to keep you occupied for the entire day!
The major attraction of Melbourne is undoubtedly the world renowned Yarra Valley.
The Yarra Valley is within one hours drive of Melbourne. It is an enchanting paradise of spectacular scenery, world renowned wineries, fabulous restaurants and boutique guesthouses.
Its countryside is beautiful where rolling hills covered with vines meet lush green valleys, tall trees and crystal pure rivers. This is the place for a romantic hot air balloon ride ending with a breakfast in one of the wineries. Enjoy gourmet restaurants or local produce along with award winning wines.
You can also see Australian wildlife such as dingoes, kangaroos and wombats at Healesville Sanctuary. The Yarra Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges are a place of incredible beauty where you can visit quaint villages reminiscent of England.
The Yarra Valley is brimming with vineyards, fruit orchards, market gardens, and flower farms, gourmet restaurants and romantic retreats….a place blessed by nature easy to reach from Melbourne but impossible to leave!