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Welcome to Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is home to Victoria’s earliest vineyards and is just one hour's drive east of Melbourne. Recognised as one of the world’s greatest wine growing regions it also offers great restaurants serving gourmet food and fine local produce accompanied by their wine. With its rolling hills the Yarra Valley has some of the most beautiful countryside in Victoria.

Visit the Dandenong Ranges for a ride on the oldest steam train in Australia, Puffing Billy, through forests and fern gullies, or browse antique shops, cool-climate gardens, craft shops and tea houses.

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The Yarra Valley has a mild climate with hot dry summers and cool wet winters with snow only occurring on the mountain peaks.


English is the official language of Australia.


The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.

The famous lyre bird, which has the ability to mimic any other bird, is the most important inhabitant of the Dandenong Ranges National Park, just 25 miles (40km) from Melbourne via Burwood Highway or Canterbury Road. The park, covering 3,215 hectares, plays an important role in protecting the famous birds. Visitors enjoy walking, cycling and picnicking in the park at venues with enchanting names like Ferntree Gully, One Tree Hill or Sherbrooke Forest. The park is rich in wildlife and spectacular mountain ash forests and fern gullies are to be seen. The historic Puffing Billy steam train runs from Belgrave to Lakeside close to the park, and there are numerous craft shops, antique shops, gardens and restaurants in the area.

These gardens are world-famous and attract 50,000 visitors a year who come to admire an unparalleled variety of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and daffodils. One can stroll through 43 hectares of scenic gardens or enjoy a picnic by the lake and enjoy a view of the Australian Alps. During the Spring Floral Festival, held each year from August to November, visitors can see the largest undercover display of daffodils in the Southern Hemisphere. The Gardens can be found in the quaint hill town of Olinda, an hour's drive from Melbourne.

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