COVID-19 update

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.

Escape to the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley and stay at cosy, self-contained accommodation. Get up close and personal with native Australian animals in natural surrounds. Pick and eat the freshest fruits you will ever try at an orchard with over 350 varieties of fruit! Jump on board for a century-old steam train ride through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges and enjoy a refreshing ice cream.

Day One

Afternoon / evening
Check into your cosy, family-friendly cottage at Emerald Ridge B&B.

Enjoy dinner at (or order take away from) one of the local eateries such as Bam Bam Italian in Avonsleigh or Paradise Valley Hotel in Clematis.

Bam Bam Italian
Bam Bam Italian

Melbourne CBD to Emerald Ridge B&B | approx. 1 hour drive

Emerald Ridge to Bam Bam Italian or Paradise Valley Hotel | 10 minute drive

Rayners Orchard
Rayners Orchard

Day Two

Morning
Enjoy your self-contained breakfast in your cottage.

Depart for Rayners Orchard, Woori Yallock.

Discover life on the land and pick your own fruit on a tractor tour at Rayners Orchard before enjoying a coffee or homemade ice cream.

Drive to Puffing Billy.

Afternoon

Collect packed lunches from one of Puffing Billy's stations to enjoy in the fresh air (don't forget the picnic rug!).

Jump onboard Puffing Billy for a century-old steam train ride through the beautiful forests and fern gullies of the Dandenong Ranges.

Return to your cottage for a well-deserved rest!

Evening

Enjoy an Argentinian feast at (or take away from) renowned Gembrook eatery The Independent.

Puffing Billy Family On Belgrave Platform
Puffing Billy Family On Belgrave Platform

Emerald Ridge to Rayners Orchard | 30 minute drive

Tractor tour at Rayners Orchard | 1 hour

Rayners Orchard to Puffing Billy | 30 minute drive

Puffing Billy's Lakeside station to Emerald Ridge B&B | 10 minute

Emerald Ridge to the Independent | 20 minute drive

The Independent Gembrook
The Independent Gembrook

Day Three

Morning

Check out from your cottage and make your way to the Yarra Valley.

Delight your sweet tooth with a visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Icecreamery.

Afternoon

Enjoy a delicious lunch of sharing platters at YarraWood Estate - with a cool climate glass of wine to match!

Explore a bushland haven for Australia wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary.

Return home from a weekend full of adventure and meaningful connections!

Emerald Ridge B&B
Emerald Ridge B&B

Emerald Ridge to Yarra Valley wineries and Chocolaterie | approx. 50 minute drive

Yarra Valley to Melbourne CBD | approx. 1 hour drive

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

Key destinations in this itinerary

Emerald Ridge Bed & Breakfast, 7 Jarmina Way, Emerald VIC 3782 (get directions)

Bam Bam Italian, 445 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Avonsleigh VIC 378 (get directions)

Paradise Valley Hotel, 249 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Clematis VIC 3782 (get directions)

Rayners Orchard, 60 Schoolhouse Rd, Woori Yallock VIC 3139 (get directions)

Puffing Billy's Lakeside station, Emerald Lake Road, Emerald VIC 3782 (get directions)

The Independent Gembrook, 79 Main St, Gembrook VIC 3783 (get directions)

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, 35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen VIC 3775 (get directions)

Healesville Sanctuary, Glen Eadie Ave, Healesville VIC 3777 (get directions)

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