We encourage you to visit the websites and social media channels of the businesses listed in this itinerary for information about their current opening hours and circumstances.

Day 1

Afternoon / evening

Check in to Yering Gorge Cottages, featuring 13 self-contained, beautifully appointed one, two and five-bedroom cottages. All cottages include separate living and bedroom areas, and guests can relax on their wide balcony watching the kangaroos graze, whilst enjoying a glass of local Yarra Valley wine.

Enjoy dinner from the adjacent Eastern Golf Club dining room.

Yering Gorge Cottages
Yering Gorge Cottages

Melbourne CBD to Yering Gorge Cottages | 1 HOUR

Day 2

Morning (pre-dawn, really)

Enjoy a spectacular balloon ride with Global Ballooning over Yarra Valley - a world-class experience.

A champagne breakfast is included in your ballooning ticket.

Global Ballooning
Global Ballooning


Travel onboard Puffing Billy to Lakeside station. Relax and unwind with a majestic three-hour steam train journey as you take in the scenic vista of the Dandenong Ranges. Upon arrival, collect a couple's picnic pack from the Tea Rooms before finding a secluded spot on the lawns at Emerald Lake Park where you can enjoy the feast!

Explore the quaint village of Olinda in the Dandenong Ranges - only a ten-minute drive from Puffing Billy's Belgrave station.

Emerald Lake Park
Emerald Lake Park


Enjoy Asian Fusion cuisine at Olinda Tea House, a modern yet incredibly relaxing Asian fusion restaurant, specialising in Devonshire tea, lunch and dinner al a carte menu, banquet menus, functions of all kinds, exquisite desserts and authentic oriental high teas.

Afterward, take the 45-minute drive back to your accommodation at Yering Gorge Cottages.

Olinda Tea House
Olinda Tea House

Yering Gorge Cottages to balloon ride take-off point | 15 MINS
Yarra Valley to Puffing Billy | 50 MINS
Puffing Billy to Olinda | 15 MINS
Olinda to Yering Gorge Cottages | 30 MINS

Day 3


Check out from Yering Gorge Cottages following breakfast in your cottage.


Explore wineries, gin distilleries and points of interest in the Yarra Valley wine region before starting your journey home.

Map of itinerary inclusions

Refer to the map below to start planning your weekend away!

Click on the different pins to view the address and more information about each business marked on the map.

Note: The information that appears is sourced from Google. At this time of rapid change, we encourage you to refer to the individual businesses' websites and/or social media channels for up to date information and any closures due to COVID-19.

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