How rewarding is it to receive such a lovely

note from a six year old guest who wants to

really show her appreciation and write such

a beautiful note of gratitude.    It was a real

pleasure to see Katie enjoy our garden and

and make it her own during her stay.      We

hope Katie and her parents return again soon.


Tesselaar’s Tulip Festival About to Start in the Hills


Spring is just around the corner and the famous Dutch family Tesselaar’s will have fields emblazoned with colour.  They have planted 100,000 tulips in 120 varieties over 25 acres.

There is plenty to do at the festival with entertainment, rides, stalls, you can buy tulips too. The Festival starts September 8th through to October 4th from 10am to 5pm

Entry is $26 for Adults, $22 Concession and Groups of 10 tickets or more $22 (you don’t have to enter as a group to use these tickets, so buy them and go as many times as you like)  Children under 16 enter with an Adult are free.

Yarra Ranges Country Apartment is one of the closest Accommodation to Tesselaars being just off the Monbulk/Silvan Road.  Contact us on 0419582410 for information on our package for Tesselaars.

Pets Also Feel At Home

DSC_0609We welcomed 6 month old Stella a beautiful grey blue Staffy.  She is so adorable and friendly and loved the attention from Anders.  We welcome friendly well behaved fur kids, or fur babies as our guests call them.  We think it is just as important for our guest’s pets to take a holiday with their owners, especially as we have so many lovely walking tracks to explore.

We have set up a safe enclosed, undercover area for both pets and small children.  Pets are allowed indoors, but only on the hard floor area.

Isn’t Stella just beautiful?



Exciting Weekends in The Yarra Valley

Yarra Ranges Country Apartment is always looking to offer their guests new experiences.  The Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges are packed with opportunities for fun and excitement.  Yarra Ranges Country Apartment is introducing a new Package. Guests stay in the beautiful Dandenongs/Yarra Valley for 2 nights at Yarra Ranges Country Apartment and take a Joy Flight or Flight Lesson at Lilydale Airport.  This package can be purchased as a Gift Voucher for that very special occasion.


IMG_14511DSC03973Yarra Ranges Country Apartment in the majestic Blue Dandenongs has joined with The Burrow at Wombat Bend in the fabulous Yarra Valley to offer Guests the ‘Best of Both Worlds’ Package to stay 4 nights in total, 2 nights at each venue.  This Package is only for 2 persons and runs from Monday to Thursday inclusive for the rate of $800.  Continental Breakfast provisions, fluffy robes and maps are included plus much more.

There is so much to see and do in these 2 regions that guests will want to stay much longer.

Bookings essential so ring 0419 582 410 to book

Enjoy Summer in the Cool Dandenong Ranges

DSC03784 Enjoy one of the many gardens in the Dandenong Ranges, only 30 km east of Melbourne CBD. The Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden is in Sherbrooke and is very popular for wedding photos.  You can enjoy a picnic here and there are lovely open spaces for the family to enjoy with a gazebo for shade.  The gardens are next to Shannon Bennett’s The Piggery so take time to enjoy some delicious food.

DSC03794Our family friendly accommodation Yarra Ranges Country Apartment is in Mount Evelyn situated between The Dandenong Ranges and The Yarra Valley and is convenient for so many attractions.  Come and see for yourself one day!

Summer in the Yarra Valley


Yet Another Beautiful Attraction to visit in the Yarra Valley, Coombe Farm  which was the home of Dame Nellie Melba, the famous opera singer.  There is so much to see and do in this beautiful Region.  Make sure you spend at least a weekend here.  You can take a tour of the beautiful garden with a delicious Devonshire Tea, or taste wine from the Coombe Farm Winery, or dine in the beautiful Dining Room overlooking the swimming pool and beyond the Yarra Valley.  Take a Break, you deserve it!


The Magnificent Yarra Valley

So beautiful this Wisteria Arbor

So beautiful this Wisteria Arbor

It’s happening again, this beautiful Wisteria Arbor can be found at Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen next to the Chocolaterie in The Yarra Valley.  The time is very limited, when its at its best, but this weekend and the next you should see it at it’s most magnificent.  Weddings are very popular here and its no surprise.  How beautiful would a bride look under this amazing arbor.

These gardens are wonderful for most of the year and there is so much to see, plus plant sales, cafe and you can even have a game of chess!

If you are a gardener then you will be inspired.

So come and visit The Yarra Valley soon.

Its Springtime in the Dandenongs

IMG_1993You know it’s spring when the Blackbird is singing his beautiful song and the tulips are flowering.  Yes, here in Australia we have the wonders of spring just like Europe, it’s just that its later in the year.

Tesselaar Tulip Farm have their Tulip Festival every year in September and October. You can visit their website here.  Victoria is a blaze of colour, especially in the Dandenongs and the Yarra Valley.

Treat yourself and come and visit us!

The Magical Dandenong Ranges


When Autumn arrives in the hills, you really know it.  The colours are magnificent, but the nights are getting much longer now and the temperature has dropped.  Snow has fallen already up in Olinda and Mount Dandenong but it didn’t stay long, and in two weeks time, the start of the snow season begins with the Queens Birthday Weekend on June 5th.

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Yarra Ranges Country Apartment

Next week Winter begins and we will be cocooned indoors, all rugged up with a cup of hot  chocolate, a soft fluffy blanket, a good book or magazine and a toasty flickering fire.  If the sun shines,  many wonderful brisk walks can be enjoyed in the hills with pooch and a friend or loved one.

The Dandenong Ranges have a wonderful range of cafes, restaurants, specialist shops and gardens to enjoy.  On a clear winter’s day or night, the view from Sky High in Mount Dandenong is a vision to behold.

Christmas in July is just around the corner, and The Dandenong Ranges is the place to really enjoy it and get that European feeling.

Come and Find Yourself in The Dandenongs or Yarra Valley, there is so much to experience.