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Nature & wildlife

Hide away in spellbinding fern glades and forests, amid rugged bushland and perfect blooms, and encounter iconic Australian animals in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

Towering trees and breathtaking views

Venture into the national and state parks to behold the signature towering mountain ash and dripping tree ferns, dramatic waterfalls and serene lakes.

Stop at scenic lookouts for views of farmland and vines, and the evocative forests. Celebrate the proximity of the snow-covered Lake Mountain to Melbourne.

Postcard-perfect gardens

Swap the bush for manicured nature in both public and private gardens. Witness the riot of colour as thousands of native and rare buds herald spring around the region.

Wild about wildlife

Be captivated by the mimicry of a Lyrebird or the waddle of a wombat as you make your way through swathes of unspoilt forest; a haven for native birds and animals.

Get up close to a menagerie of native creatures in walk-through exhibits and 'meet the keeper' sessions at the famous Healesville Sanctuary. Watch as sick and orphaned animals receive care at the Healesville Animal Hospital.

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Nature & wildlife

Wildlife and zoos

Encounter curious Australian animals in national parks, or visit famous Healesville Sanctuary.

National parks and reserves

Gain perspective in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges' majestic national and state parks.

Parks and gardens

Witness an explosion of colour in the parks and gardens of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.

Scenic attractions in the Dandenong Ranges

You'd be excused for thinking every part of the photogenic Dandenong Ranges is a scenic attraction.

Scenic attractions in the Yarra Ranges

Travel the awe-inspiring Black Spur to see scenery ranging from snowgum woodlands to rainforest.

Scenic attractions in the Yarra Valley

Float high over the Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon for unprecedented views of vines and greenery.

Lake Mountain

Get the adrenaline pumping at Lake Mountain with premier cross-country skiing, biking and walking.

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Nature walks

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Walking & hiking

Steavenson Falls Trail

Take an easy stroll to the viewing platform at the base of one of Victoria's highest waterfalls. Night owl? The falls are floodlit till midnight.

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Keppel Falls Walk

Stretch your legs on this upstream climb to the lookout below the cascading, tiered Keppel Falls. The falls are particularly impressive in spring.

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Sherbrooke Falls Trail

Enjoy a gentle introduction to the Dandenong Ranges on this gentle walk to Sherbrooke Falls and find a new favourite escape for walks and picnics.

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Beauty Spot Trail

Spot beautiful flora and fauna and abundant bird life on this easy nature trail that follows Leary Creak. One of Marysville's most-loved short walks.

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Taggerty Cascades Walk

Follow this short, winding, stepped path to a wooden bridge spanning the roaring Taggerty River. Keep an eye out for lyrebirds scratching for grubs.

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Keppel Lookout Trail

Climb up through stunning forest to four lookouts for spectacular views across Marysville, the Cathedral Range State Park and Steavenson Falls.

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Cumberland River Walk

Be wowed by the beauty of this river valley trek past dramatic cliffs and peaceful pools, and enjoy a combination of easy and strenuous sections.

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Lake Mountain Summit Walk

Take in landscapes of snowgums and alpine heath, plus panoramic views of the Victorian Alps across to Melbourne and the Great Dividing Range.

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Family activities

Occupy both the biggest and smallest family members in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, with budget accommodation, attractions and fun events.

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Food and wine

Eat and drink your way through the delectable Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges, where exceptional food and wine are the norm, not the exception.

Outdoor activities

Walking and hiking

It's easy to get active in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, with a range of tracks and trails to suit all abilities in parks and gardens.

Outdoor activities

Ballooning and scenic flights

Rise above the Yarra Valley at sunrise on a silent, scenic hot air balloon flight – a tranquil way to experience the wonders of the landscape.