My dream destination – FACT April ’16

The Yarra Valley has become the weekend retreat of choice for many Melbournians

Call me biased, but my dream destination would probably be the Yarra Valley region in the south-eastern state of Victoria, in Australia. I spent my tender teenage years living there, and have the fondest memories of cantering through its leafy country lanes on horseback. At that time, the area was mostly made up of large paddocks of livestock, a handful of hobby farms, and very few vineyards.  

A rainbow lighting up the beautiful paddocks of Yarra Park

Fast forward 20+ years, and like most things Melbourne, the Yarra Valley has morphed into the most fabulous foodies fantasy land. Tucked between the rolling green hills you’ll find an enormous array of architect-designed tasting rooms, each with its own unique vista and more importantly, world-class wines

The tasting room at Coombe Yarra Valley
The recent winner of Best Small Tasting Room in the Yarra Valley – Medhurst
Magnums – for those who like their bottle of wines BIG!

A multitude of dining options are also available. These range from the more casual concepts such as Innocent Bystander with its onsite brewery and bakery, to the extravagant experience that is Levantine Hill Estate. Guests arrive by helicopter (as one does, daahling) and are greeted by their own personal butler, and fed by their own personal chef. Expect to pay accordingly – a cool $25,000 (BD7,000) per night, with a minimum two-night stay. 

A helicopter landing at Levantine Hill on a foggy morning (
Lunch at Coombe Yarra Valley – mouth-watering Seared Tuna

 And of course, you won’t be able to resist the divine delis with their locally-made produce. Yarra Valley pastas jostle for shelf-space with some of the best sour dough you’ll ever taste, as well as olive oil, apple cider vinegar and cheese. 

The creamiest homemade Vanilla Slices at Medhurst
Freshly-picked roses from Medhurst’s garden
 Happy travels! xx

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