Close to Melbourne, the Yarra Valley makes a great day trip from the city, or an exciting destination in its own right. Yarra Valley is well known for Victorian wine, and today quality wines are produced by vineyards like Domaine Chandon or Four Pillars Distillery. The area is best known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines.
For those more interested in the scenery, explore the Dandenong Ranges National Park on the Puffing Billy train. Drive deeper into Victoria, to Lakes Entrance or Wilsons Promontory National Park. Or visit the pioneer working farm Gulf Station, to sample a life from times before electricity, machinery or tractors.