Around Melbourne attractions

Top Choice Viewpoint in Woodend & Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock

An ancient and evocative feature in the landscape, the extinct volcano formation known as Hanging Rock is a sacred site for its traditional owners, the Wurundjeri people, but everyone is welcome to take the strenuou…
Top Choice Winery in Yarra Valley

Coombe

The home of Australian opera singer Nellie Melba (1871-1931) has been reimagined as a thriving winery, restaurant and events facility by her descendants. Book in for a tour of the seven-acre garden, designed in part…
Top Choice Winery in Yarra Valley

Yering Station

Dating to 1838, Yering Station was home to Victoria's first vineyard. Reinvented as a wine and events estate, it has a Mod Oz restaurant in a contemporary glass pavilion (2-/3-course set lunch $63/78) and a hybrid c…
Top Choice Zoo in Healesville

Healesville Sanctuary

One of the best places in southern Australia to see native fauna, this wildlife park is home to kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, Tasmanian devils, echidnas, wombats and koalas. Highlights include Platypus House, where…
Top Choice Gallery in Yarra Valley

TarraWarra Museum of Art

Housed in a striking Allan Powell–designed building at TarraWarra Estate, this excellent gallery showcases Australian art from the second half of the 20th century to the present day. Exhibitions often feature works …
Top Choice Winery in Yarra Valley

Domain Chandon

Chandon is an example of mass wine tourism done well. The winery – a subsidiary of Moët & Chandon – produces sparkling wines and has a restaurant, lounge bar and cellar door complex with a stunning vineyard vist…
Winery in Yarra Valley

TarraWarra Estate

Though the art gallery and restaurant are the main attractions here, the winery has a lair-like underground cellar door and barrel room designed by Kerstin Thompson Architects. Stop by for wine tasting ($5, redeemab…
National Park in The Dandenongs

Dandenong Ranges National Park

This national park protects the largest areas of remaining forest in the Dandenongs, which are home to lush fern gullies and huge stands of mountain ash. There are a number of popular walks, including a two-hour ret…
Gallery in Daylesford & Hepburn Springs

Convent Gallery

Surrounded by pretty, flower-filled gardens, the 19th-century Holy Cross Convent on Wombat Hill now functions as an art gallery. Its Bad Habits Café and a huge gift shop take up much of the ground floor, and accommo…
National Park in Warburton

Yarra Ranges National Park

Towering above Warburton is the ruggedly beautiful Yarra Ranges National Park. Mt Donna Buang (1250m) is the park highlight and is snow-topped in winter. Toboggans can be rented at the toboggan run. A few kilometres…