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.


Our little Potting Shed

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I have had a desire for a little shed in my garden,  somewhere to escape, to relax, keep collected seeds, terracotta pots, tools and a little toy kitchen for my grandchildren to play with, when we are in the garden.

Our guest’s children have also enjoyed this little potting shed.  I found pizza orders written on my pad.

It thrills me to have guests enjoy our home and its garden and facilities.  At the moment our current guests are enjoying the roses and vege patch.

How lucky are we to have such wonderful people staying with us.

!920’s Ball in The Yarra Valley


The Yarra Valley Regional Tourism Association is organising this great event in Healesville, Yarra Valley at the Memorial Hall on the 11th October at 7:30pm.  It promises to be a very special night. Go back in years, dress up, drink  bubbly and Chaleston and Swing all night.

Get all your friends together and book a table, this event is fantastic value only $45 for non Members.  Finger food, drinks at bar prices and featuring The Kimba Griffiths Quintet.

To book ring 1300 368 333