HOT: Pick Your Own Cherries, Cherryhill Orchards, 474 Queens Rd, Wandin East

Every summer we pick a sunny day and head out to the Yarra Valley to visit Cherryhill Orchards to pick the freshest, plumpest cherries for our friends and family. Cherryhill Orchards is located in a fruit growing region in the Yarra Valley which is only 45 minutes from Melbourne. It is Australia’s largest U-pick cherry orchard and on busy weekends they’re […]

HOT: Kangaroo Country, Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Road, Healesville

Kangaroo Country Healesville Sanctuary is a new exhibit completing the sanctuary’s Iconic Australia precinct. The various enclosures showcase some of Australia’s most iconic animals, from koalas to kangaroos, echidnas, wombats and more. You can enter Kangaroo Country from two locations – either from from the treetops of Koala Forest or via a gate near the nature play/main playground area. We are […]

HOT: Blossom Festival, Cherryhill Orchards, 474 Queens Rd, Wandin East

Spring has sprung and the cherry trees are in full blossom! So Cherryhill Orchards is celebrating with a four-day Blossom Festival that includes live music, giant yard games, helicopter rides for only $50 per person and food trucks. The setting is really gorgeous as Cherryhill Orchards is set amongst the rolling hills of the Yarra Valley and the blossoms range from […]

HOT: Hutch & Co, 251 Main Street, Lilydale

Lilydale may be the end of the train line but you can still find a hub of inner city cafe cool at Hutch & Co. The owners also run Little Hugh in Nunawading. Hutch & Co is located on Lilydale’s main street, a highlight amongst the unremarkable strip shops. In the 1800s the spot was […]

HOT: Lillydale Lake Playspace, 435 Swansea Road, Lilydale

Lillydale Lake Playspace is a unique new nature-based playground that replaces the previous wooden and metal playground located at Lillydale Lake. There has been a few detractors grumbling that replacing the extensive, functional (but highly flammable) playground and the addition of a water play area has not improved the area. However, I disagree! Aesthetically I […]

HOT: Yarra Valley Railway, Healesville Station, Healesville-Kinglake Rd, Healesville

Yarra Valley Railway is a heritage railway that trundles along a restored track from Healesville to Tunnel Hill. Future goals include reconstruction to Yarra Glen and Lilydale. It’s a jolly ride into yesteryear, starting with antique Healesville station setting the scene. The track winds through some scenic areas of Yarra Valley, with the most exciting […]

HOT: Seville Playground, 20-28 Monbulk-Seville Rd, Seville

Seville Water Park is a favourite stop for us when visiting the Yarra Valley and it’s recently been expanded to become an even better destination thanks to the Seville Regional Play Space. The Seville playground adjoins the Seville Water Park and is a ‘dry’ play space with lots of fun equipment if it’s too cold […]

HOT: Healesville Hotel, 256 Maroondah Highway, Healesville

Healesville Hotel is a cosy, historical gastropub in picturesque Healesville Yarra Valley. It’s a great destination for family dining because the kitchen opens from 12 midday and doesn’t close till late, which means it’s possible to eat dinner at family-friendly hours – in our case, 5pm. Healesville Hotel’s menu reflects the seasonality and availability of […]

HOT: Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa, 1309 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen

Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa is one of the most well-established wineries with accommodation in the Yarra Valley and the 4.5 star resort is a great place to cosy up in winter. It recently won “Best Regional Accommodation of the Year” at  2015 Tourism Accommodation Australia (VIC) Accommodation Awards for Excellence. We decided to […]

HOT: Healesville Sanctuary, Badger Creek Rd, Healesville

Healesville Sanctuary is one of three zoos that Zoos Victoria manages and it’s focused especially on Australian wildlife. As such, it’s a great place to take international visitors as well as being a unique place for kids to learn about their native environment. Healesville Sanctuary is the smallest of the three zoos and so you […]

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