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.
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.
Enquire with our Guest Services Team about special Adult admission offers for Yering Gorge Cottages guests. T & C’s Apply.
Eleonore’s Restaurant is the fine dining room at Chateau Yering Hotel. With its emphasis on regional produce, matched with local and international wine from our historic blue stone cellar, the hotel and restaurant has been recognised as a destinational venue. Eleonore’s Restaurant has been named in honour of Eleonore de Castella who was the mother of Paul de Castella who built Chateau Yering in 1854. Eleonore was a sophisticated hostess who instilled in her son an appreciation of gracious living, refined cuisine and quality wines. Our two Italian Head Chefs produces a menu that reflects the seasons.
Our Guest Services Team would be delighted to assist you in making your reservation for a very special dining experience.
Step back in time at Australia’s favourite steam train, Puffing Billy!
Puffing Billy is one of the finest preserved steam railways in the world and operates every day of the year, except Christmas Day, thanks to the tireless efforts of their volunteers. The excitement begins from the moment you arrive at the station with the sight of the historic locomotives, the smell of the steam and the sound of the train’s whistle.
The Railway was built in 1900 to serve the local communities that lived in the hills, carrying anything from passengers to timber, livestock, potatoes and plants.
Today, Puffing Billy Railway is a major tourist attraction and incites visitors to come and experience a century old tradition. Ride in the open sides carriages as the historic steam trains continue to run on their original mountain track between Belgrave and Gembrook, in the natural surrounds of the magnificent Dandenong Ranges.