Just a 1 hour drive from our accommodation at Yarra Ranges Country Apartment through the Yarra Valley you can be driving through mountain ash forests, under magnificent tree ferns taller than houses. The air so fresh you can smell the scent of the eucalypt and hear crystal clear streams babbling through the bush. This beautiful drive is close to the Melbourne CBD only 1hr 50 mins away and you can take a round trip via Lilydale to Warburton, up the Acheron Way over to Marysville and return via the Black Spur. Allow for a day trip, to really explore and enjoy this magnificent region.
In winter, June to August, snow often covers the high ranges, Mount Donna Buang and Lake Mountain. Chains are often required to drive on some of the roads and can be hired from local businesses. Cross country skiing and tobogganing are very popular and equipment can also be hired locally.
A holiday in winter can be just as much fun as in summer, with log fires, exhilarating snow sports, wineries, wonderful Yarra Valley food and brisk winter walks. So much to see and do, any time of the year.
Come and see for yourself.
Only 50 minutes from the Melbourne CBD is an amazing adventure, set in a beautiful forest close to Puffing Billy steam train. Trees Adventure in Belgrave offers a wonderful experience. It has rare and beautiful trees including a magnificent 150-year-old Algerian Oak, used as the ‘home tree’ for the adventure courses, and a gigantic Sequoia that rises sixty metres towards the sky. A great day out for family or friends, or personal growth opportunities for corporate groups. This activity really helps to build self confidence and self reliance plus builds trust in teams. The Trees Adventure is open from 11am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturday and Sundays and closed Christmas Day.
I have just attended an Accessability Workshop run by Yarra Ranges Council for Inclusive Tourism. The whole subject was about providing accessability for people with disabilities to visit and participate in our beautiful region as a tourist in The Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. A leading company in this area is Global Ballooning who has the first basket which can accommodate wheelchairs.
Now everyone can soar up in the sky. What a remarkable story Kiff Saunders, business owner of Global Ballooning, was involved in a very serious motorbike accident and became incapacitated for a whole year. This invoked his awareness to the restrictions of people with varying disabilities and the result speaks for itself, ‘freedom to experience’. Lives have been enhanced and changed forever.
As a tourist area, we are looking at our own product and how we can open doors to everyone. Our accommodation has no steps into the main room, but some modification may be required to bathrooms. I think anyone looking to stay should seek advice as to our facilities, as everyone has varying abilities and we certainly want our guests to have the very best time possible. Follow us on