What to taste
Chardonnay and pinot noir are the hero varieties of the
Yarra Valley but you’ll also discover sparkling wine, cabernet
sauvignon – a heritage variety of the region – and interesting
varieties such as roussanne, viognier, savagnin and tempranillo.
The Yarra Valley is also a growing cider and ale destination
with many brews available directly from the producers, and
you’ll always find good coffee readily available.
What to eat
The Yarra Valley is guided by its seasons. Berries and luscious
stone fruits in the summer and winter greens and Yarra Valley
lamb, rare breed pork and grass fed beef feature through the
cooler months. Whether it’s fine dining or wood fired pizzas,
baked goods or plates for sharing, you’ll be spoilt for choice as
you travel the Maroondah Highway.
What to see
Take the Maroondah Highway to Healesville and visit the iconic
Healesville Sanctuary. The visual arts community is very strong
in the Yarra Valley. Visit the TarraWarra Museum of Art and the
many other galleries in and around Healesville via the Maroondah
Highway. If more scenery is what you want, take a picnic to the
Maroondah Dam and wander through the gardens or continue
up the Black Spur to Narbethong, Buxton and on to Marysville to
absorb the grandeur of the ancient Mountain Ash forests.
Once a sleepy, mountain logging village, Healesville has
reinvented itself to become a sophisticated dining destination
Melbournians are flocking to and today visitors are spoilt for
choice. Healesville’s main street features many examples of
19th and very early 20th century architecture and also boasts
quirky home wares, craft and designer shops providing plenty
of interest to the casual shopper or the more serious collector
of fine gifts or bargain treasures.