Ever since university holidays started, I have been on more road-trips than I can count. I would love to do some longer trips though. In particular, I’ve been eyeing the Victorian High Country and the Great Alpine Road for a while now. In the meanwhile, I am happy with my smaller trips around the Yarra Valley. Yes, this blog is totally biased towards the Yarra Valley.Never have I fallen so love with a place before- the Yarra Valley never ceases to amaze me with its green beauty.
A few weeks ago I went on a drive to Yarra Glen about 40km north-east of Melbourne. Yarra Glen is my favorite part of the Yarra Valley region because it’s so green, it’s so peaceful and it’s so beautiful there. It’s very different to other parts of the Yarra Valley such as the Dandenong Ranges and Marysville where it is ladened in forest, and Warburton where it is all mountain and bush land.
When I went to Yarra Glen, I didn’t really have a destination in mind. It was mainly just following the open road and cruising around the area. I did, however, stop at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice-Creamery for lunch and cakes (yet again!) We had a pulled pork baguette, and a tandoori chicken baguette. Dessert was a large large large scone with fresh cream and jam, and a passion-fruit cheesecake.
We sat outside on the veranda, taking in the beautiful hilly view. It was a wonderful summer’s day, with the perfect amount of sun and cool breeze. I felt so carefree, with nothing to think about but only where to go next after lunch. It’s been a while since I felt so relaxed because by nature I am quite an anxious person, always replaying scenes in my head and thinking for the worst.
With our stomachs filled to the brim, we continued our drive around Yarra Glen. In the midst of doing a U-turn, I said, “oh hey, there’s actually something down there”, so we followed the driveway down to find a winery with spectacular views and a lovely restaurant where people were enjoying some fine dining. I don’t recall the name of it, just that it was off Melba Highway and very close to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. Checking google maps later on, it may have been Yarrawood Estate.
The views at the winery were so beautiful, I just wanted to lay on the grass and not move. I was definitely in my element and felt more comfortable there than I have ever been anywhere else (excluding my house of course haha).
I love how everything is so green and vibrant. It makes the landscape that much more fresh and beautiful. It’s frightening to think that across the sea, in other parts of the world, people are fighting for their lives as war and other political movement take over. I know nothing about politics and the like, so being naive to it all, I can safely say, I am happy to be in my little safe haven.
With placements in full-swing, and university about to start, roadtrip season is nearing an end. I cannot believe three months of summer holidays are nearly at an end. Where did the time go!?
Although my mind will be in the books, my heart will forever be thinking wanderlust, travel and adventure. Do you have any “must-visit” places in the Yarra Valley? Leave a comment and I will definitely check it out.