Blog: Come Exploring With Us
‘creating magical family memories together’
As we head into the winter school holidays, the Yarra Valley has an abundance of experiences that can be enjoyed by ‘kids of all ages’. Whether you’re searching for some outdoor fun, a bit of culture or fabulous places to dine – we’ve curated our list of things to do and see together.
Burn off the energy levels as you get outdoors and sporty with the Eastern Golf Club’s ‘Golf and Tennis School Holiday Program – being held each Tuesday and Thursday of the Victorian Term 2 School Holidays. The kids will discover golf and tennis on the one day with The Eastern Golf Club and GP Tennis teaming up during our winter school holiday program. They’ll enjoy an awesome day outdoors filled with fun activities and making new friends. It’s always a fun filled day and the kids will be out in the fresh air and being active. Mum and Dad can enjoy a quiet lunch together as they relax in front of the fireplace in the Members’ Lounge & Bar – dining from our new Winter Menu, with the slow cooked lamb shoulder already our go-to-dish.
Always a favourite, Healesville Sanctuary is open right throughout the school holidays. Explore the Koala Forest or the World of the Platypus; wander the Woodlands Track or head into Dingo Country. Healesville Sanctuary is zoo that specialises in Australian native animals and also features the Australian Wildlife Health Centre, a working vetinary hospital treating over 1500 orphaned, ill or injured wildlife every year. It’s a very special place that has been welcoming families for generations.
Dangling legs are back on the much loved Puffing Billy – a favourite part of the 100+ year steam train experience. Rug up and enjoy, as so many kids have done for many years, as you journey through the natural surrounds of the Dandenong Ranges. The, newly opened, Lakeside Visitor Centre is located adjacent to Lakeside Station. Visitors are able to take a step back in time as they journey through this historical interpretive zone – the Lakeside Hall – providing a glimpse into the early days of steam train travel.
TarraWarra Musuem of Art is holding two very special children’s performance art workshops with the award winning choreographer and creative director, Gülsen Özer. Scheduled for Monday, June 27 and July 4, kids will explore performance art and movement through word play, choreographic techniques, costumes and props. Mum and Dad can explore TarraWarra’s current exhibition David Noonan: Only when it’s cloudless, curated by Victoria Lynn; or simply enjoy the beauty of the surrounding gardens and sculpture park.
The Yarra Valley, also known as Melbourne’s ‘food and wine playground’, features a number of wineries that are kid-friendly with rolling hills, playgrounds to climb or places to picnic whilst enjoying a bottle of wine purchased from the cellar door. Some of our favourite places to visit include De Bortoli; Coombes Yarra Valley; Rochford Wines and Yering Station.
Guests can also order one of our BBQ Hampers for dinner, with the option of a special Joey BBQ pack for the kids, and enjoy a cook up before heading inside to enjoy reliving the day’s adventures in front of your open fireplace.
When planning your day out exploring our beautiful backyard, please check the opening hours and always book ahead.
And, if you are just wanting to stop and enjoy fun ‘family’ time together, we’ve always enjoyed ‘kangaroo counting’ – a favourite pastime as you count kangaroos from the private deck of your cottage whilst our Eastern Grey’s – also known as our Director’s of Entertainment – graze around you.
Published: June 23, 2022
Yering Gorge Cottages provides a stunning natural setting where bushland intersects with the Yarra River against the backdrop of the Christmas Hills and Dividing Ranges. Our guests have the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife during their stay.
We have a philosophy to ensure that the natural vegetation is maintained and extended whilst enhancing the natural beauty of the experience through the re-vegetation of areas to improve flora and fauna diversity and to replenish the surrounding bushland with new life. The planting of indigenous species is integral to achieve our objectives and will further encourage growth of these species within our private Nature Reserve.
Discover kangaroos, wombats and echidnas roaming wildly in their natural habitat; and with three kilometres of the Yarra River running through the property, our family of breeding platypus have been known to make special appearances. With over 85+ species of native bird life within the 120-acre private nature reserve including Eastern and Crimson Rosellas, Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos, Kookaburras, Rainbow Lorikeets, several Grass Parrots and Owl species, Kingfishers and nesting Wedge Tail Eagles – a pair of binoculars should be at the top of the ‘to pack list’.
Yering Gorge Cottages provides an idyllic setting within an hour of Melbourne – perfect for nature lovers and those wanting to escape the city. Surrounded by birds and wildlife, kangaroos roam freely throughout the property; you might find a cockatoo landing on your railing as you start-up the barbeque or have a wombat join you on a morning walk along the river. Guests always depart wishing they’d stayed an extra night or two.
With 12km of bush walking trails through our 120-acre Nature Reserve, walkers and bikers will find many species of native flora along the way whilst enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding Yarra Valley upon reaching the summit. Experience the unique geological structure and natural beauty of Yering Gorge and discover the perfect picnic spot on the banks of the Yarra River.
Some Interesting Facts about Yering Gorge & Sugarloaf Reservoir
- Yering Gorge is a unique geological structure as one of the rare places in the world where a river flows from a plain into a gorge (the reverse is usually the case). Yering Gorge is part of the catchment area for the nearby Sugarloaf Reservoir State Reserve which is tucked away in the Christmas Hills
- Sugarloaf Reservoir was developed by Melbourne Water during the late 1970’s to help supplement Melbourne’s domestic water supply. Unlike many other reservoirs, which draw their water directly from protected forested catchments, Sugarloaf is fed by the Maroondah Aqueduct and Yarra River via the Sugarloaf Pipeline. Upon leaving the reservoir, water is treated at the Winneke Water Treatment before distribution to Melbourne.
Published: February 20, 2021
‘STAY & SUNRISE IN THE YARRA VALLEY’
Check in to Yering Gorge Cottages the day prior to your flight and you can enjoy an extra sleep in before your flight over the Yarra Valley with Global Ballooning Australia takes off.
Experience the mystical, early morning mist as it wraps over the Yarra Valley. Enjoy the brilliant sunrise from your hot air balloon as you magically float across the Yarra Valley floor – taking in the abundance of restaurants and cellar doors that are waiting to be explored by day. Guests have the option of booking a flight only or enjoying the traditional champagne breakfast post flight before returning to your cottage to start discovering the Yarra Valley at ground level.
By basing yourself at Yering Gorge Cottages before your hot air balloon flight with our partners at Global Ballooning Australia you can fully experience the delights of the Yarra Valley, renowned for its incredible selection of food and wine experiences; and complemented by some stunning attractions including TarraWarra Museum of Art, Dame Nellie Melba’s historical home and gardens at Coombe Farm and Healesville Sanctuary. With so much to discover, we find our guests often extend their visit, ensuring their lasting memories of their time in Victoria are watching our resident kangaroos from their private deck.
Guests have the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife during their stay. Discover kangaroos, wombats and echidnas roaming wildly in their natural habitat as you relax in your cottage with a glass of the Yarra Valley’s finest wine.
Global Ballooning Australia operates daily flights of the Yarra Valley, weather permitting. Advance bookings are essential, and guests must make their own way to the nominated departure point.
Please note that our ‘Stay & Fly’ Packages will not be available during the period July 1 – August 31, 2022 as our friends at Global Ballooning Australia close for the winter months.
Published: Updated April 1, 2022
‘PLAY A ROUND WITH SOME AUSTRALIAN LOCALS’
Guests staying with us have exclusive playing rights at private Member club – The Eastern Golf Club – during their stay.
The Greg Norman designed, 27-hole championship standard course opened on July 1, 2015. Featuring three courses, including one top ranked golf course in Golf Australia Magazine’s ‘Top 100 Golf Courses Australia 2022’, golfers are presented with a highly playable environment; with a course design that ensures the spectacular natural features and dramatic views are maximised to enrich the playing experience.
“Yarra Valley’s Eastern Golf Club is a truly special place where players can enjoy teeing off with kangaroos while taking in the spectacular views of the surrounding Christmas Hills and Dividing Ranges. This course delivers a natural golf experience and I am proud to be a part of it.” – Greg Norman, Greg Norman Golf Course Design
Players are encouraged to have a camera in prime location next to their driver to capture imagery of the amazing Australian wildlife including the resident Eastern Grey Kangaroo population; and during the Spring and Summer months – families of wombats and echidnas – as they roam freely across the golf course.
For guests who have time constraints, or travelling with family, and are looking for a shorter playing option that is suited to all levels of golfing ability, our Par 3 9-hole – Shark Waters – provides the perfect alternative. Showcasing the course’s stunning wetland areas – home to an abundance of birdlife – players can tailor their own golfing experience to enjoy some serious fun out on course or play a fast round that will prove challenging to even the best golfers.
Tick two experiences off your Australian holiday ‘bucket list – a unique and immersive golfing experiences with the opportunity to play a Greg Norman Designed .Signature Course, whilst being able to discover iconic Australian wildlife in their natural environment.
Tee times can be booked prior to checking in, or during your stay and are subject to availability.
About The Eastern Golf Club
- Green fees are priced from AU$95 per person for 18 holes. Tee times are subject to availability and can be requested prior to arrival; or during the Guest’s stay. Club hire and tuition can also be arranged.
- The Eastern Golf Club Rankings in Golf Australia Magazine ‘Top 100 Golf Courses Australia 2022’:
- #54 – South Course (Holes 1-18)
- Approximate playing time: four – five hours for 18 holes, depending on handicap; 60-90 minutes for Shark Waters.
Updated: February 10, 2022