Get Inspired / Regional Victoria / Melbourne Self Drive: Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Australia Mandala Wines Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Regional Victoria / Melbourne Self Drive: Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Australia story by: Inspire Melbourne & Beyond Escape to the Yarra Valley to cruise the vine-strung hills and rolling farmland, indulging in life’s great pleasures; food, wine and beautiful landscapes. Then disappear into the Dandenong Ranges’ secret fern glades, towering forests and eclectic villages. You can easily base yourself in the Yarra Valley and go on day trips to explore the region. Day 1:Yarra Valley Enjoy the easy drive from Melbourne to the Yarra Valley. Stop in the town of Yarra Glen where you can explore the shops and pop into Yering Station for some wine tasting. Nearby is the amazing TarraWarra Museum of Art, a privately funded, public gallery housed in an impressive building. Next stop is Domaine Chandon, a winery that was established by French champagne house Moët & Chandon in 1986 and is dedicated to the production of sparkling wine. It has a great visitor centre with spectacular views across the vineyard and valley. Here you can do a wine tour, sample the goods and enjoy a late lunch. Day 2: Dandenong Ranges Make your way to Belgrave, the home of Puffing Billy, Australia’s oldest steam railway and enjoy a ride travelling 24 km through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges. The open-sided carriages are the best way to see the stunning views. After your rail journey take some time to explore the cute villages of the ranges like Olinda, Belgrade and Sassafras that have shops and galleries galore and plenty of places to stop for Devonshire Teas or lunch. Get out into the fresh air in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, it offers a vast network of walking tracks through native bush and is home to the Mount Dandenong Observatory. At 633 metres above sea level, it is the highest point in the ranges and has spectacular views to Melbourne. Highlights worth seeing along the way YARRA VALLEY FOOD TRAIL – Stop at the sign-posted gastronomic hotspots to sample, savour, or pick. Call in at orchards, farm gates and roadside stalls to buy local produce directly from the grower. MOUNT DONNA BUANG – Head to the southern slopes to The Rainforest Gallery with its spectacular observation platform and rainforest walkway. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Best places to travel in 2017 Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Where to Eat in Melbourne Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.