Melbourne Weekend Getaways: things to do when you stay at Riverdale Retreat

Where do you go when you have a spare weekend and need a break from the pressures of city living?  The Yarra Valley is a great place to start your Melbourne weekend getaway.

The Yarra Valley is an hour’s drive from the city and is considered one of Australia’s premier wine regions. There are over 160 wineries located throughout the picturesque countryside.  It’s also the perfect place to connect with nature, relax and unwind. 

Food and Wine

Where there’s great wine, there’s usually great food to be found. The town of Healesville and its surrounds offers a range of dining options from cool cafes to some seriously smart dining options.

Yarra Valley Cafés

Habituel Bakers, Healesville

Carriage Café, Seville

Riverview Cafe & Wine Bar, Warburton

Natures Cakes, Healesville

Round Bird, Lilydale

Yarra Valley Restaurants

Alpine Retreat Hotel, Warburton (casual dinging)

Wild Cattle Creek, Seville (casual dining)

Dominique Portet, Coldstream (bistro dining)

The Stables at Stones, Coldstream (romantic)

Eleonore’s, Chateau Yering Hotel, Yering (fine dining)

Zonzo Esate, Yarra Glen (casual dining)

Innocent Bystander, Healesville (casual dining)

Healesville Hotel, Healesville (casual dining)

Melatos, Coldstream (casual dining)

Yarra Valley Wineries

Yarra Yering

One of the region’s most prestigious wineries. The Yarra Yering team will ensure your wine tasting is one to remember. 

Maddens Rise

Pay a visit to Maddens Rise in Coldstream where you’ll find fantastic wines along with friendly and informative staff. 

Sir Paz Estate

Sir Paz Estate, East Wandin, is only open on Sundays. Their wine is superb and they serve generous sharing platters to eat while taking in the stunning views across the Warburton Valley.

Attractions

TarraWarra Museum of Art: take in seasonally changing exhibitions housed in an award-winning gallery space.

Alowyn Gardens: 5 acres of award-winning landscaped gardens, nursery & café

Warburton Trail: hire bikes at Cog Café and discover the beauty of the Yarra Valley by bike.

Redwood Forest: stunning National Park

Events

You can find up-to-date listings of events and attractions at the Visit Yarra Yalley website.


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