A Holiday in the Yarra Valley

For anyone seeking a romantic couples’ travel destination, the beautiful Yarra Valley in Australia certainly deserves consideration. Although Victoria is a diverse region in terms of geography and climate, the Yarra Valley is cool and peaceful, and affords many possible activities for couples hoping to escape the harsh or tedious rigours of the workaday world.

The Yarra Valley is a major, cool climate wine region in Australia. There are both large and small wineries located in this region, not far from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne. Year round, there are events and locations suitable for couples trying to connect, reconnect, or just have a relaxing vacation. It can be a cosy winter escape or a sun-filled adventure i

hortest Lunch.” The shortest weekend of the year 2010 is June 19 and 20th, which coincide with the Winter Solstice. “The Shortest Lunch” will be a delicious chance to sample the food and wine of the Yarra Valley. Stroll among the various delectable choices, and sample exquisite cuisine and fine wine in the cool air of the valley.

In September, take in the Melba Festival. This event, held in honour of Dame Nellie Melba, Australia’s revered opera star, is noted for its delicious food, excellent wine, and diverse music. Listen to music and enjoy the food and wine in the lovely Yarra Valley.

The Tesselaar’s Tulip Festival is held in Silvan in September and October. Or visit the Spring Floral Display at the National Rhododendron Gardens at Olinda.

Winery tours are also available in the Yarra Valley. Sample the excellent chardonnays and sparkling wines from some of Australia’s finest wineries. Take a train ride through the valley on Puffing Billy, the oldest steam train in Australia, and visit some of the area wineries. Horseback tours are also available in the area. In addition to wineries, the area is also home to an extraordinary wildlife sanctuary. There is excellent hiking in the region as well. The Kinglake National Park and the Yarra Ranges National park are both located nearby. A popular day-trip destination from Melbourne, there is much to do and see in Victoria.

Only forty-five minutes east of Melbourne there is a huge range of luxury accommodation options for any budget. For couples who desire special accommodation equivalent to and even exceeding that of a 5 star hotel rooms in Melbourne and the surrounding area, there are just a few excellent options and you have to look carefully to find them and book well in advance! The unique destination of the Dandenong Ranges foothills, close to the Yarra Valley is an ideal location for that romantic escape. What could be more romantic than a night time stroll through lantern-lit walkways and lush tropical gardens with rivers and lakes and the sounds of the bush in abundance? These extra special lodgings have taken the care to employ beautiful architecture, quality and style with the most luxurious fittings and decor. They often provide spa treatments and fine dining menus so that your private escape has everythign you could possibly want at your fingertips.