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, thanks to the owners of Chapter Too in Heathmont. Hutch & Co is located on Lilydale’s main street, a highlight amongst the unremarkable strip shops. In the 1800s the spot […]

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, troche 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 […]

HOT: Cherryhill Orchards, 474 Queens Rd, Wandin East

Christmas is cherry season in Australia and Cherryhill Orchards, no rx Australia’s largest U-pick cherry orchard, there is only 45 minutes from Melbourne. I was invited to experience Cherryhill and took Lady AB for a morning of cherry picking and cherry treats. Cherryhill is located in a picturesque part of the fruit growing region in […]

The HOT List: Top 18 Places to Go with Kids in the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is probably the most popular day trip for Melburnians but with so many things to do and places to eat (and drink!) it’s worthwhile enjoying a longer stay. Here are my tips on where to stay, eat, play and visit in the Yarra Valley, with the main focus  on Yarra Glen and […]

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