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Head off for some much needed time with your girlfriends. We have just the ticket for a one of a kind escape! From rustic eateries and unique Murder Mystery to a day of sampling wine and gin in the Yarra Valley - all within an hour's drive from Melbourne. 

Day 1

Mid-morning

Head east from Melbourne and within an hour you arrive in the picturesque Dandenong Ranges.

Valley Ranges Getaways
Valley Ranges Getaways

Lunchtime

The Piggery is a rustic and hearty eatery, making it perfect for lunch and the first stop of the weekend away. With a seasonally rotating menu, food at the Piggery is wholesome, uncomplicated and celebrates the very best of Australian ingredients.

The rustic interior is spacious and accommodating, featuring a bustling takeaway counter of freshly baked goods from our next-door neighbour, Burnham Bakery - a fully organic and biodynamic bakehouse.

 

Afternoon

Check in to one of the many magnificent properties managed by Valley Ranges Getaways in Sassafras and Olinda.

Murder on the Puffing Billy Express
Murder on the Puffing Billy Express

Evening

Head to Belgrave for a pre-dinner drink at Sooki Lounge before making a short walk to Puffing Billy's station for a truly unique evening.

Amongst the glamour of the Flapper Era where pearls and feathers, silk bow ties and braces are the fashion, there has been a Murder on the Puffing Billy Express! It promises to take you not only through the forest but to transport you back in time. With its polished wood, elegant upholstery and antique fixtures, the train exemplifies the glamour and elegance of the Golden Age of travel.

Melbourne CBD to The Piggery | approx. 1 hour drive

The Piggery to Valley Ranges Getaways | approx. 15 minute drive

Valley Ranges Getaways to Puffing Billy | approx. 15 minute drive

Yarra Valley vines (photo courtesy of Yarra Ranges Tourism)
Yarra Valley vines (photo courtesy of Yarra Ranges Tourism)

Day 2

Morning

Two options present themselves; either self-cater at your accommodation or head out to Sassafras and Olinda for breakfast at one of the local eateries.

After check out, spend the morning exploring the nearby cafes, restaurants and shops of Olinda, Mt Dandenong and Sassafras.

Grab lunch at a cafe before heading to Yarra Valley.

Afternoon

Explore wineries, from world-famous De Bortoli, cosy Maddens Rise or, visit Yarra Yering, one of the Yarra Valley's most glorious wineries.

Sip a G&T at Four Pillars Gin and Healesville and ensure you bring some samples home to those that missed out on your days of freedom!

Valley Ranges Getaways to Yarra Valley | 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!

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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 to up to date information and any closures due to COVID-19.

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