From its point of origin in the highlands of the Yarra Range, the river named after the range, trips over stones and murmurs past woodlands on its way to the Hobsons Bay in Victoria, Melbourne. During its journey of just under 250kms, the Yarra River irrigates vineyards, agricultural crops and blossoming orchards; it conveys people and goods on watercrafts and provides a means of recreation through canoeing and swimming opportunities.
Thanks to the generous gifts of nature, the area around Yarra Valley has flourished to a tourist hotspot. Line up the day’s activities atop the valley and spend hours full of fun, relaxation, good food and fresh air. Be escorted through the grapevines that will take you to the home of some of the wines that have now taken on the world. There is a line of breweries and estates along the valley where you will find some fine wine and ale, hence those who have a penchant for the drinks should cruise through the entire brewery trail and taste the difference of each fruit and plum.
Hop aboard a colourful hot air balloon that will traverse at a comfortable altitude above the valley and drop you off for a deliciously cold ice cream at the ice creamery available in an assortment of exotic flavours or for some creamy chocolates made with excellent cocoa beans and fresh milk. Afterwards carry your picnic basket towards a patch of grass from where you can enjoy a view of the river and the endless greenery while filling your lungs with oxygen freshly out of the trees that surround you. The natural wonders that unfold as you watch over the hours from the valley are unmatchable, though it is often agreed that in the days of yore the air was fresher, the water was purer and the scenery was greener.
Take a break from the many comforts of a Melbourne serviced apartment such as the well placed Citadines on Bourke Melbourne and opt for a healthy trek to the Yarra Valley; here the creature comforts of Melbourne serviced accommodation may not be available but an abundance of environmental attributes make up for it.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.