Whether you’re proposing, getting married, celebrating a special anniversary or just looking for a romantic getaway, the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges offer some seriously romantic ways to make every day feel like Valentine’s Day.
Here's some inspiration to have you starry-eyed and inspired.
Treat your special someone to a once-in-a-lifetime experience of a magical sunrise flight over the rolling vineyards sky-high in a hot air balloon.
Global Ballooning offers special packages for couples not just on Valentine’s Day, but throughout the year for unforgettable proposals, or just a romantic flight with beautiful views.
Tuscan-inspired, Meletos is part of the family of properties including Stones of the Yarra Valley, No 7 Healesville and The Stables at Stones. Within converted vignerons' quarters, you’ll find a boutique hotel as well as a massage retreat, where couples can enjoy a full day of relaxation.
Ideal for a romantic getaway or to celebrate a special anniversary, a stay at Meletos is luxurious and relaxing. They regularly offer special couples’ packages for staying, dining and unwinding.
Only Mine Chocolates
Treat your sweet with sweets. Chocolates are the quintessential romantic gift and Only Mine Gourmet Chocolates are handcrafted with love. Based in Olinda, you can enjoy their incredible range of sweets as well as desserts, coffee and signature hot chocolate.
Take home a box of chocolates to gift to a special someone (even if that someone is you.)
Above image courtesy of Born Social.
With luxury guest rooms including spa suites with spa baths and private balconies with spectacular views, an on-site endota spa, world-class wines at their cellar door and a restaurant that features some of the finest regional produce you’ll get anywhere, you’re in for a pretty special getaway.
While you're there, you can sip your way through the 5-Star Halliday-rated Balgownie wine range in the Cellar Door, dine at Restaurant 1309 or just sit back and relax on the deck amid the views.
The Yarra Ranges are packed with picturesque gardens such as Pirandra Gardens (above) that make the perfect setting for a romantic picnic. Depending on what time of year you visit, a different ornamental garden will be in bloom, all offering private corners to pop that important question or enjoy a little quiet time.
Set amid their landscaped gardens, De Bortoli does a luxury pop-up picnic experience with vineyard views. Everything is included from linen to tableware, glassware and of course, a delicious picnic feast as well as a glass of sparkling to enjoy as you browse their wine list to grab a bottle for your adventure.
With a reserved picnic table just a short stroll from their cellar door, you can relax and enjoy the gorgeous views with the one you adore most. This experience is available Saturday & Sunday with two seatings at either 10am or 1pm. This experience takes place during the summer months- click here to learn more.
Kangaroo Ridge Retreat
These perfect and private retreats are oh-so-quiet and romantic and provide the perfect location for breakfast in bed or cuddling up before a crackling fire with a bottle of local wine from the stocked in-cabin wine bar and breakfast.
From your private balcony, you’ll enjoy panoramic misty mountain views that are picture-perfect. Unwind with a long soak in the spa and you’ll feel like you’re the only two people in the world.
Why not enjoy a sparkling Champagne-style brunch at Chandon? With
sparkling wine flights, tastings, masterclasses, there’s something
undoubtedly dreamy about wandering through the grounds with a glass of bubbles in hand
Their sparkling brunch starts with a mimosa in their scenic restaurant, overlooking the rolling Yarra Ranges. It offers a selection of sweets and savouries and of course, sparkling. Alternatively, book into the onsite restaurant for a three-course chef’s table experience.
Chandon Yarra Valley is one of only six Chandon properties outside France dedicated to creating exceptional méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine.
Warratina Lavender Farm
During the summer season (November-January) this family-run five-acre lavender farm bursts into fragrant and beautiful bloom. Take a stroll hand-in-hand through the rows of flowering lavender before it’s harvested in January/February.
While you’re visiting, treat yourself to a delicious brunch, lunch or afternoon tea, enjoy fresh house-made lavender scones or lavender ice cream and browse the shop for beautifully scented gifts.
An ideal adult-only getaway for couples, here you’ll find four cottages hidden away across three acres of forested gardens. Each cottage has a fireplace and conservatory, two offer spa baths while the other two feature a cedar hot tub. With a full breakfast included and the option of booking in-cottage massages, it’s the ultimate getaway.
Located in Olinda, you’ll feel a world away but with the convenience of being only 400 metres to the villages of Olinda and Mount Dandenong with restaurants and shopping.
SkyHigh Mount Dandenong and Scenic Lookout
With its panoramic views of the Melbourne city skyline, you might get lucky enough to get a clear view all the way to the Mornington Peninsula across to Port Phillip Bay and the You Yangs when the weather is right.
Enjoy a drink at the SkyHigh Bistro with its sensational views, take a stroll through the gorgeous landscaped gardens and walking trails, or get lost in the SkyHigh Maze.