With Mt Riddell backdrop

Yarradene: Where Luxury Meets Sustainability

See & Do Sustainability Series

Known for its towering forests, lush vineyards, vibrant gardens and natural attractions, the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges have always been the ‘lungs’ of Melbourne.

As such, sustainability is always in season here and across the region, businesses are implementing environmental and socially responsible initiatives at the forefront of their core business, ensuring our region stays clean and green for generations to come.

It's all about treading lightly at Yarradene. Located at the foot of Mount Riddell, the 48-acre property offers spectacular views and is an ideal location for group stays, whether it's for family
gatherings, holidays with friends, wedding accommodation or group retreats.

The architecturally designed Healesville luxury farm stay offers four bedrooms with an incredibly convenient location just a five-minute drive (or easy cycle) to Healesville and lots of space to unwind including an open kitchen, dining and living area, breakfast patio and outdoor dining area, indoor fireplace and outdoor fire pit.

Upstairs, guests can enjoy a reading room, laundry, and a second living space opening to a decked area with views worthy of sunset drinks. The adjoining games room offers group activities for all ages in another relaxed communal space.

The property backs onto the State National Park with walking trails to enjoy.

Guests typically enjoy all the best of surrounding Healesville as well as spotting wildlife as they wander the bush tracks, making their way to the Mountain Ash, the world's tallest flowering tree, to the dam and flower farm where they can meet and feed the local animals.

“Our approach to our life and our property is to always strive to tread lightly on our earth, minimise our footprint and replenish where we can,” says co-owner Jan O'Brien.

Located on the edge of a National Park, they take great care in their sustainable practices including using filtered rain water and a septic system, generating most of their electricity via 67 solar panels and irrigating their 3-acre wildflower farm with water from the on-site dam.

With environmental impact at the heart of every decision, they utilise everything from refillable toiletries (eliminating single-use plastic containers) to eco-friendly cleaning products and using their own produce.

Having free-range chooks on the property comes with many benefits, they explain. They fertilise the ground as they wander around eating bugs, dine on food scraps so there’s no waste, and in return, provide fresh eggs every morning for guests to enjoy.

Guests are welcome to feed the resident chooks with provided food or food scraps. A guest compendium lets visitors know what suits them best so it also offers a learning experience for children, too.

The chooks happily cohabitate with resident wallabies too (pictured below).

Onsite beehives are tended to by co-owner Shane, a registered Beekeeper and guests can arrange a time to meet and learn about the bees. If it's warm enough, guests can also suit up and get a peek inside a hive to interact with them. The bees offer an essential element of the food production cycle, especially helping with the pollination of their fruit trees including peaches, limes, figs, lemons, grapefruits, and cumquats –nothing beats the taste of fruit picked straight from the tree, so guests can help themselves to seasonal ripe fruit that's food mile-free and pesticide-free.

Recycling and composting here is standard practice and the native flower farm utilises dam water from 1 of 3 dams on the property. Dam No 2 also serves as a welcome swimming spot for cattle during the warmer weather.

As part of their commitment to protecting the land, they've designated 15 acres of Yarradene as a Conservation Zone. This means the area is machinery-free and minimal disturbance is undertaken to preserve the integrity of the area, allowing bushland area to regenerate without disruption.

Whether you're experiencing the on-property farm experiences like gathering eggs, meeting the cows and/or feeding the miniature donkeys carrots, wandering through three acres of King Proteas and Leucadendrons (and harvesting an armful to take home as a gorgeous memento of your stay) or relaxing with your favourite people around the outdoor fire pit for some storytelling under starry skies, Yarradene offers a luxury, farm stay experience you can feel great about.

Feel good about your travels with these sustainable experiences.

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