Discover our Favourites
We would like to share with you some of our favourite Yarra Valley places to explore, iconic experiences that we have grown up with that will thrill you as they have us and we always love sharing some hidden delights that only the locals know about – all of which can be discovered when staying with us at Yering Gorge Cottages.
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We rise before the sun almost every day of the year because we believe there’s something magical about experiencing the world from the sky. Nothing excites us more than bringing out a child-like joy in adults and a sense of wonderment in children. It’s all part of a journey that’s finished by 9am, but leaves a lifelong impression.
It’s a wonderful thing, to be able to give someone the experience of a lifetime over the Yarra Valley. At Global Ballooning Australia, we’ve shared a sunrise with over 90,000 people in 25 balloons over as many years – and it never gets old. We’re proud of our safety record, and we care deeply about our guests’ experience, but for us, it’s more about the people we meet along the way and the pristine natural playground we call our office.
Book our ‘Stay & Fly’ Package or let our Guest Services Team assist in booking you hot air balloon flight during your stay with us.
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.
Once the home of Dame Nellie Melba, Coombe Yarra Valley is a property with unrivalled provenance. Seven acres of stunning gardens surround the beautifully appointed facilities in the restored motor house and clock tower, offering a truly unique cultural destination.
Coombe Yarra Valley provides a stunning location for wine tastings and dining in their exceptional a la carte restaurant with their modern interpretation on the ‘peach melba’ a must order. Bookings are essential.
We love their wines so much, we have included their Shiraz, Pinot Gris and Domestic Sparkling in our mini bar for you to select from during your stay.
Healesville Sanctuary is Victoria’s leading destination to see and interact with Australian wildlife. Set amongst stunning native bushlands, The Sanctuary is home to over 200 unique Australian species – more than any other wildlife park or zoo across Australia. Just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne and located in the heart of the Yarra Valley winery region, The Sanctuary allows visitors to enjoy a great day out with both wildlife and great local wine.
The Australian Wildlife Health Centre treats more than 1,500 sick and injured native animals every year and is open to visitors daily. Entry to the Health Centre is included FREE with admission and guests have the chance to meet our passionate team and some adorable wildlife at keeper talks scheduled throughout the day.
General entry includes two FREE daily shows: a world-first platypus show and a spectacular bird show.
REQUIRING TRANSPORT WITHIN THE YARRA VALLEY?
If you’re attending a wedding, concert or event; travelling with a group of friends or independently, we recommend the following touring operators for your transportation requirements. The live locally, know the area extremely well and are very familiar with our cottages. We always suggest to book ahead and please don’t hesitiate to mention our name.
Built in 1900 to serve the local communities that lived in the hills, carrying anything from passengers to timber, livestock, potatoes and plants, the Railway is now a major tourist attraction that invites visitors to come and experience a century old tradition every day of the year, except Christmas Day, thanks to the tireless efforts of more than 600 volunteers.
Take in the magic of steam train travel from the moment you arrive, with the sight of the historic locomotives being prepared for departure at the station, the smell of steam billowing out of the vessel’s chimney and the evocative sound of the train’s whistle.
Before long, our friendly conductors will help you on board the open-sided carriages for a serene ride over the hills, across the iconic timber trestle bridges, down the valley and into the forest on the original mountain track between Belgrave and Gembrook.
To explore the range of experiences that are available to be booked, please visit their website by following the below link.