See the vibrant city of Melbourne come alive with diversity all year round from the Birdman Rally at Moomba to the colourful beach boxes at St Kilda and the hypnotic beat of the street performers.
Hot Air Ballooning Melbourne
Go Wild Ballooning, Yarra Valley’s first and most professional hot air ballooning company. The Yarra Valley is the perfect setting to experience the romance of a hot air balloon flight. Victoria’s most beautiful wine producing region has a landscape of undulating green fields, manicured vineyards and stunning mountain ranges, dominated by the Yarra River meandering round its age old course to the sea. Whether you’ve always wanted to have a romantic hot air balloon ride with a champagne breakfast, enjoy the beauty and awe of the Yarra Valley, the thrill of a hot air balloon adventure, Go Wild Ballooning is well qualified to meet all expectations. Book NOW gowildballooning.rtrk.com.au
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Glen Harrow Gardens
Once Wurundjeri nation land, the estate now spans eight hectares of mostly forest alongside the Puffing Billy station in Belgrave. It features rare trees, including a magnificent 150-year-old Algerian Oak, used as the ‘home tree’ for the adventure courses, the gigantic Sequoia that rises sixty metres above the earth and two Chinquapin – the only known Japanese oaks in Victoria. http://treesadventure.com.au
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Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Set on 16 hectares amongst one of Australia’s premium wine regions and surrounded by picturesque Yarra Valley vistas, an emerging orchard and sweeping lawns, our architect designed Chocolaterie is an experience the whole family can enjoy.
You can watch the art of chocolate making from handcrafting to handpacking and meet our European chocolatiers who will amaze you with their chocolate creations. There’s plenty of free chocolate and ice cream tastings in our stunning showroom and over 150 different chocolate varieties and chocolate inspired gifts to tempt you.www.yvci.com.au
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Things to do at Lakeside Cottage
Stroll the meandering paths and have a picnic under the willows or on the island. Feed the ducks or the fish in the lake. The magpies don’t need any encouragement and will eat any leftovers you may have. A glass of bubbly in the gazebo is always good in the warmer months and a gas fired heater keeps you warm in cooler weather. The frogs, kookaburras and many other birds remind you of the perfect sounds of Mother Nature. Soak in all the fragrances of the hundreds of roses and stroll hand in hand through the rose tunnel stunningly lit with fairy lights.
The Wild Oak Restaurant and Wine Bar is situated in picturesque Olinda, on top of Mt Dandenong in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges, a 50 min scenic drive from Melbourne. The owner, award winning chef Ben Higgs, leads a passionate and dedicated team to provide diners with a truly unique culinary experience.
Ben is passionate about the quality of fresh local produce. He believes that these high quality ingredients enable Wild Oak to create a unique and exquisite culinary experience. www.wildoak.com.au Map
The Cuckoo is within easy reach of Melbourne nestled in the stunning Dandenong Ranges, an ideal venue for all celebrations and for tour groups. Open nearly every day of the year, the Cuckoo offers a delicious international smorgasbord prepared by first class chefs in a warm and welcoming family atmosphere. Decorated in the style of a Bavarian Chalet and with staff dressed in traditional costume.
The Cuckoo has been attracting visitors from all over the world for over 55 years! Daily live entertainment: music and a floor show, cow bells ringing & yodeling equal to any in Bavaria. www.cuckoorestaurant.com.au Map