Yarra Valley Getaways ... Girls Weekend Away!
Planning that ultimate Yarra Valley Getaway with your girlfriends? Whether it's a hen's weekend away, or a birthday celebration, read our top tips for the perfect Yarra Valley getaway - it’s all about the ladies!
There really is nothing better than the Yarra Valley getaway. The mist that hugs the rolling green valleys is nothing short of awe-inspiring. We think it's truly the best time for a girl’s weekend away. Think roaring fire places, fine red Yarra Valley wines and decadent local produce fit for a Queen (or four)!
So, gather your besties, lock in the dates as we take you on a girl’s weekend that you will be talking about for years to come.
Day 1 of your Yarra Valley weekend itinerary! Friday
4:00pm Check-in to your weekend getaway
Arrive at the Yarra Valley Lodge and into your spacious adjoining Lodge Twin rooms and quickly decide which comfy queen bed you will be calling home for the weekend before stepping out on your balcony or terrace and take in the beauty of the surrounding Yarra Ranges with a glass of bubbly in hand.
7:00pm Enjoy Dinner at Bella’s
Today’s day spa will have massaged away the stresses of the week and now it’s time to float down to the relaxed atmosphere of Bella Restaurant (assuming you are still super relaxed) and indulge in a delicious dinner designed by our chefs using an abundance of locally sourced fresh produce from the Yarra Valley food bowl.
The menu changes with the season and during winter you can enjoy mouthwatering options like Slow cooked free-range pork belly served with mustard fruit relish, crackling, orange and fennel pollen; Millas Confit Duck or the unmissable Grass Fed Beef Cheek. Make certain to leave room for the pistachio crème Brule or the divine white chocolate & pumpkin waffle – and of course a nice glass of bubbles or two during dinner.
9:00pm Enjoy an early night
After an afternoon of indulging your body, mind and soul it’s time to head back to the room and collapse into your incredibly comfy bed so you can get a good night sleep and be prepared for an early start and an exciting day of touring vineyards, wine tasting and eating delectable meals sourced from local producers.
Day 2 of your Yarra Valley weekend itinerary! Saturday
6:00am Take the day to new heights
You will be grateful you decided to head to bed early last night with an early wakeup call this morning where you and your besties (yep you’re all in this together) will experience the breathtaking views of the Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon. It’s the most incredible way to start the day by experiencing the sun rising over the farms and vineyards of the Yarra Valley.
8:30am Breakfast at Mocha & Lime
Offering incredible coffee, superb meals and fresh cold pressed juices, it’s time to refuel your body in the warm and cosy comfort of Mocha & Lime. The restaurant has a great vibe and on offer is a menu designed to the seasons, incorporating locally sourced ingredients, along with free range meat and eggs which make their meals taste even better and the entire experience is made even more enjoyable by their friendly staff. Everything is home baked and cooked onsite with a good variety of vegetarian and gluten free options on offer including gluten free waffles that are to die for. If you are looking for something hearty the parmesan scrambled eggs are a winner or try the smashed avo, with poached egg and buxton smoked trout. Did we mention the incredible coffee?
10:00am Explore the Wineries with Wild Wombat Tours
The Yarra Valley is teaming with incredible wineries so for a girl’s weekend away touring and tasting wines from our region is an obvious must, however with such a range to choose from it can be hard to know where to start so we recommend booking a wine tour which also means that you can all enjoy yourselves without worrying about the drive back to the hotel.
The Wild Wombat Winery Tours are a fantastic option. They have been operating winery tours in the region for years and between them their tour guides have over 160 years of wine and tour guiding experience and they will be on hand to impart their knowledge of the region and wines leaving you feeling like an expert by the end of the day. You can either take the option of joining an existing tour which operates 7 day a week with a maximum of 11 people or instead book a private tour as you take all the time you like experiencing your wineries of choice, at your own pace. So, let them take you on a fantastic tour around the wineries, stopping off for an incredible lunch, where you can enjoy the winery experience - and let Wombat do the driving!
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3:00pm Experience High Tea
And to finish off a fabulous weekend with the girls, there is nothing more quaint or delectable that a high tea afternoon. At the lodge every Sunday from 2pm - 4pm our High Tea buffet is certainly going to put a smile on your face - and the perfect way to tend a perfect weekend Yarra Valley getaway.
4:00pm Afternoon Siesta
After enjoying an incredible day and an early start, an afternoon siesta may just be on the cards, so you are refreshed for the day. If snoozing isn’t your thing take a stroll on the grounds or enjoy a coffee on your patio or balcony as you relax with a book or take in the landscape and wildlife at your doorstep.
5:00pm Watch the Sunset at Yarra Valley Lodge Bar
Meet your girlfriends at the bar and enjoy a glass of bubbles, a craft beer or a fabulous cocktail as you watch the sunset over the stunning landscape from your table on the terrace of the Yarra Valley Lodge Bar.
6:30pm Dinner at the Innocent Bystander
Enjoy dinner in the cozy ambience of the Innocent Bystander with attentive staff and exceptional service. You will enjoy the paella and pizza options, tasting the local beers, wine and delicious cider made on site. The live music creates a great atmosphere and it will be difficult to drag yourself away an
Day 3 of your Yarra Valley weekend itinerary! Sunday
8:30am Enjoy a sleep in and a late breakfast at Bella’s
After a jam-packed day yesterday, you will be grateful for a sleep in (and even more so for the incredibly comfy beds). The Yarra Valley has plenty of attractions to peruse and visit at your own leisure and what we have planned for you today will be a lot of fun - so order a double shot in your coffee this morning, refuel with a hot cooked breakfast at Bella’s (included in your room package!) - you may be going home today but the weekend (and fun with the girls!) isn’t over yet!
10:00am Experience a wine tour with a difference
Time to check out of the hotel (store your bags so you don’t have to worry about these today) and take a 20 minute drive which will see you arrive at the Rochford Winery and before you think - another winery! (and we say why not?!) – this 2-hour Segway winery tour is one with a difference that you are the girls will be talking (and laughing about) on the way home!
Get amongst the grapevines and explore the green hills of the wine country on a purpose-built Segway all-terrain circuit. Segway’s are fun and easy to ride (although we recommend doing the tour before the wine tasting), and the experienced tour guides from GoWest tours ensures comprehensive training for everyone before you start so even if you haven’t been on one of these awesome machines before, you and your friends will be zooming around the vineyard in no time at all – checkout a clip from Coxy’s big break to get an idea of what you will be up for!
12:00 Wine Tasting & Lunch at Rochford Winery
Included in your Segway tour package is a delicious lunch and glass of wine at the Rochford Winery, take your time as you enjoy incredible local produce as you look at over the views of the Yarra Valley. After lunch head to the cellar door to experience their signature range of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Rochford Wines are also renown for holding some fantastic concerts and events so if you haven’t locked in a date yet it’s a great idea to check their events page to see what’s scheduled.
1:30pm Explore the TarraWarra Art Museum
Take a short 10-minute drive out to the TarraWarra Museum of Art after lunch and walk off all that tasty food and enjoy a little bit of culture exploring one of the little art galleries dotted around the region. Opened in October 2000 as the first privately funded, non for profit visual arts museum, the TarraWarra Museum of Art is a must see. You can either wander the museum and the current exhibitions yourself or take part of a guided tour as you view a range of exhibitions of locally produced art to international artists with art displayed from the 2nd half of the twentieth century to the present day.
2:30pm Cheese Tasting -at the Yarra Valley Dairy
The Yarra Valley has a long history of dairy farming and wine and cheese are natural partners in our incredible Yarra Valley region. The Yarra Valley Dairy is part of the dairy known as ‘Hubertswood, named after one of the early settler’s Hubert de Castella which has a well-established history of dairy farming with a cheese factory and buttery being established to supply the are with fresh local dairy. Nowadays the dairy still operates, and neighboring farms contribute to supplying the dairy with fine quality cows milk and goats milk is delivered regularly from the Gippsland region which is used to produce exceptional cheeses that are guaranteed to make your tummy grumble.
The cheese shop opens from 10am so it’s time to head out from the hotel at take the 20-minute drive so you are right on time to pick up some incredible cheeses to enjoy when you arrive home.
3:30pm Enjoy a Sweet Treat
If you have time (and we suggest that you make some) you really must fit in a quick visit to the Chocolateries & Ice-Creamery before you head home. Really - as if you wouldn't? This place whether you are 5, 50 or in between has something sweet and scrumptious for everyone.
4:00pm Time to head homeIt’s been an incredible girls weekend away, but there is so much more to explore in the region, so you may want to add on an extra day or better yet plan that next girls weekend away, so you can explore and enjoy everything that the Yarra Valley Region has to offer!