The trails along the main Yarra Valley highways – the Maroondah, Melba and Warburton – will not only take you back to the wineries and attractions you know well, but they will also open your eyes to the many more hidden treasures nestled in the gorgeous landscape of this beautiful valley. Here are a few suggested travel itineraries.
Lilydale – Coldstream – Healesville
Stretching east from Lilydale, the Maroondah Highway emerges from surburban Melbourne into rolling green pastures and vineyards carving its way through the centre of the Yarra Valley from Coldstream to Healesville and onto the spectacular Black Spur rainforest. Read more…
Yering – Yarra Glen – Steels Creek – Dixons Creek
Branching north from the Maroondah Highway, the Melba Highway is named after the renowned Australian Opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba and takes you across the river flats, vineyards and grazing land to the relaxed town of Yarra Glen and beyond to Steels Creek, Dixons Creek and the Toolangi State Forest. Read more…
Wandin – Seville – Woori Yallock – Yarra Junction – Warburton
Turn right onto the Warburton Highway as you leave Lilydale and you’ll discover one of the best kept secrets of the Yarra Valley. As you wind your way up to Warburton you’ll be surprised and delighted by the many tiny, country villages located along the way, all tempting you to stop and explore. Beyond Warburton follow the Reefton Spur to Marysville for one of Australia’s most magnificent drives. Read more…
Eltham-Yarra Glen Road
Kangaroo Ground – Panton Hill – Cottles Bridge – St. Andrews
Turn left off the Melba Highway at Yarra Glen onto the Eltham –Yarra Glen Road and meander your way through Christmas Hills to the western side of the Yarra Valley. At Kangaroo Ground turn right and begin your exploration of Panton Hill, Cottles Bridge and finally, St. Andrews, home of the iconic Saturday morning market.