The Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges is full of magical experiences for visitors
Puffing Billy Railway – Step back in time at Australia’s oldest and best-preserved heritage steam railway. The iconic, decades-old tradition of dangling your legs out the side of Puffing Billy’s traditional open carriages is back! Puffing Billy is situated in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges and only 60-minutes from Melbourne CBD. With lush fern gullies brushing past the open side carriages and Mountain Ash trees towering overhead, Puffing Billy makes for a wonderful opportunity to relax and breathe in the fresh air whilst the train makes its way through the temperate rainforest.
Rayners Orchard – Offers tractor tours, fruit picking and cafe. Rayners is a family run, boutique fruit orchard in the Yarra Valley. We grow over 450 varieties of fruit including peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, tamarillo, pomegranate, persimmon, figs, pepino, feijoa, guava, kiwi fruit, dutch medlar and various citrus throughout winter.
Healesville Sanctuary -Explore a bushland haven for Australian wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary, just one hour from Melbourne in the stunning Yarra Valley wine region. Wander through the tranquil tracks and meet iconic Australian animals including koalas, kangaroos, platypus, dingoes, wombats and emus.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery – is a wonderful experience the whole family can enjoy. Visitors are welcomed with free entry and a spectacular showroom filled with thousands of chocolate products. You can watch talented European Chocolatiers and Pastry Chefs crafting delicious creations through giant viewing windows.
The Tesselaar KaBloom Festival debuted in 2018 and is run by the organisers of the Tesselaar Tulip Festival, one of Victoria’s most iconic tourist attractions. This festival of flowers is set on a 25-acre working farm in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges, offering a visually breathtaking sight with hundreds of thousands of colourful autumn flowers.
Alowyn Gardens is a beautiful, 7-acre display garden showcasing seasonal plants and annuals in a gorgeous setting in the Yarra Valley. Alowyn Gardens has been created by Prue and John Van de Linde over the last twenty years. This beautiful display garden is open to the public, showcasing an array of perennial plants, succulents, trees, fruits and vegetables. Sculptures and water features interweave through the gardens.
Alpine Retreat Hotel. We are open 7 days a week for Lunch and Dinner. We also have 30 rooms of great accommodation. A public bar with free games of pool, an outside courtyard, a roaring fire and the best views of the Yarra River.
Warburton Motel – Welcome to “The Warby” Hip Mid-Century Accommodation In The Mountains …for the adventurers, the riders, the readers, the tree huggers, the romantics, the walkers and the fireside talkers…
Warburton Holiday Park offers unsurpassed access to the clear waters of the Upper Yarra River. Cabins and Campsites spread over many acres of lush lawns nestled amongst the Australian bush, located on the edge of the small historical township of Warburton, 72kms east of Melbourne.
Warburton Water World – Over the last year on the former site of the Warburton Community Pool there has been a spectacular transformation. From a dilapidated ruin to a brand new Water-Play park and Playground, this area has evolved into a playspace that people of all ages can enjoy!
Redwoods Forest – Take a restorative walk through the majestic Californian Redwood Forest, just 15-minutes from Warburton and a 90-minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD. Do some forest bathing in the company of almost 1500 enormous red-barked trees, some of which stand up to 55 metres high, towering into the sky. Head through the forest and down to the river to find the forest’s walking trails.
Warby Trail – The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail is one of Australia’s iconic Rail Trails which meanders through the Yarra Valley between the Dandenong Ranges and the Great Dividing Ranges. The 38km recreation trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders follows the path of the historical railway line which was established in the 1900s to service the agricultural industry of the time.