WE HAVE planned our two-day, one-night gastronomic tour of the Yarra Valley with the sort of precision required by two food and wine lovers who don't want to miss an opportunity to eat well at every meal.
THE Yarra Valley is awash with good winery restaurants but Stones of the Yarra Valley has come up with a concept that sets it apart from the crowd.
Tricia Welsh joins a cooking school that dishes out seasonal produce for cafe consumption.
Susan Gough Henly checks in and gets comfortable at some of the best boutique hotels in country Victoria.
Former marshland now converted to market gardens
Koo-wee-rup is a small town 75 km south-east of Melbourne via the South Gippsland Highway and 45 metres above sea-level. Reclaimed from marshlands at the head of Westernport Bay it is increasingly a residential centre in a fertile district given over to asparagus production, market gardens and dairying. A well-known Potato Festival is held in March to celebrate the long-standing association of the town and the vegetable.
Town picturesquely set in the Dandenong Ranges
Kallista is a township in the Dandenong Ranges 43 km east of Melbourne's city centre. It lies on the south-eastern edge of Dandenong Ranges National Park.
Emerald (including Gembrook, Bunyip State Park and Kurth Kiln
Pretty town which was the first settlement in the Dandenongs
Set at the top of a ridge with fine views, Emerald is an attractive town located 55 km south-east of Melbourne in the Dandenong Ranges, at an altitude of 318 m.
A little over an hour's drive from Melbourne, this iconic weekend winery spot is protected by the nearby Yarra Ranges and contains some of Australia's flagship winemakers. But there's more to the 'Valley than just grapes.