Holiday homes in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Valley are all about trading the hustle and bustle of city life for fern glades, lush forests, boutique vineyards and delightful villages.
The #1 activity from holiday rentals in the Yarra Valley is sampling wine right from the cellar door. Explore the 70+ wineries in the area around Healesville and Marysville as well as in the hill country further south. Learn about why Australian wineries are so successful, and have been since they began in 1838. Take a tour and see the traditional winemaking methods that are upheld in this area, which is famous for both sparkling and cool climate wines. Hot air ballooning is a splendid way to see the Yarra Valley laid out below. Take a ride at sunrise over this tranquil area and finish the trip with breakfast at a local wintery. This area also has many studios of artists, woodcarvers, sculptors and jewellery designers. They make a great place to pick up original gifts and souvenirs.
The Dandenong Ranges National Park is a beautiful area to enjoy local fauna and wildlife from your holiday rental in the Yarra Valley. The Healesville Glassblowing Studio showcases the talents of local artists in Healesville. You can watch the experts or make your own paperweight at the beginner’s glass blowing classes. Tour the Mont de Lancey Historic Homestead and Museum, built by stonemason Henry Seibre at Wandin in the 1880s or visit the stunning TarraWarra Museum of Art in its futuristic building. It offers an Artwalk Out of Town Tour in the beautiful setting of the Yarra Valley.
Holiday homes in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges have a temperate climate with mild winters and warm/hot summers. Daytime temperatures in the winter are around 14°C (57°F) rising to 26°C (79°F) from December through March. Spring and fall are very pleasant with balmy temperatures. The area seldom gets unbearably cold weather. There are showers all year round which are more frequent between April and October.
The nearest main airport to Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges holiday rentals is Melbourne International (MEL) Airport. It has regular international flights and is served by American Airlines, British Airways, Qantas and Virgin Australia among many international and domestic airlines. The best way to reach your holiday home in the Yarra Valley is to book a hire car from the airport and drive. The journey is about 45 miles, depending on where you are staying and will take around an hour travelling along the M3.