Maddens Rise

  I used to think that I was European at heart, however the more I travel through this stunning part of Victoria the more I realise how raw, rustic and amazing this country’s beauty really is.  The scene at Maddens Rise of dripping gum trees, lush green vineyards and golden hay bales is a fine … More Maddens Rise

Yarrawood Estate

Entering the world of Yarrawood is like finding a hidden treasure, a treasure you want to hold onto and not share with the rest of the world in the fear that it may become tainted and spoiled.  My first drive up the tree lined driveway was one full of ‘ooh’s and ‘ahh’s’.  I am so … More Yarrawood Estate

Innocent Bystander

  Have you met the Innocent Bystander??   By definition he should be an anonymous observer.  But if you have driven through Healesville of late you will see that he is anything but.  Being a bystander is not his strong point, he is right in the thick of it – he is an instigator.  There is … More Innocent Bystander

Oakridge Wines

As a mother of two beautiful boys (who also take this journey around the Yarra Valley), it was a “hallelujah” moment when Instagram offered up the ‘Top Family Experiences -Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges’. A new mission has presented itself and in perfect timing. I am about to wrap up the Yarra Valley Coldstream Trail … More Oakridge Wines

Coombe Yarra Valley

There has always been mystery surrounding the property on the corner of Maroondah Highway and the Melba Highway. As a child I remember looking out the car window and wondering ‘what could be behind that beautiful hedge?’ Being a child of the 80’s I had no idea who Dame Nellie Melba was, and if I … More Coombe Yarra Valley

Oaks on Melba

You only have to look at Oaks on Melba’s Instagram and Face Book accounts to understand why this was my next stop on my journey through the Yarra Valley. Just the smell of freshly baked treats will have this foodie following her nose to the source and devouring every last crumb, so to have them … More Oaks on Melba

St. Huberts

The Story of The Stag: Meet the Stag that adorns each and every bottle of wine sold at St.Huberts Vineyard. He was sent on a mission from God to appear to a hunter in the woods carrying a cross between its antlers. The hunter was Saint Hubert, who is now known to the Catholic society … More St. Huberts

Coldstream Brewery

As you leave the city behind and follow Maroondah Highway to Yarra Glen, you will come to that point in the road where suburbia gives way to county; it is right at this elusive boundary that you will come across the Coldstream Brewery.  It is an unassuming building with a deliberate country pub façade and … More Coldstream Brewery