Snow play

Winter family fun in the Yarra Valley

Winter Family

22 Jun. 2022

Instead of escaping the winter this year, why not embrace it with a visit to the Yarra Valley that’s sure to warm the cockles. Whether it’s tobogganing in the snow, sampling the local seasonal produce, or meeting some of the wildlife, the Yarra Valley is a winter hotspot for the whole family.

Snow wonder

Pull on your snow boots and beanie and make your way to the top of Mt Donna Buang for a magical day of play in the snow. The snow season spans from about mid-June to September each year and is a popular spot for families hoping to revel in an enchanting white wonderland. Toboggans are available for hire from a van on location and there are a range of toboggan runs to keep you active. Don’t forget to check conditions before your visit.

To dine for

After your snow venture, you can warm up with a fireside meal in the charming village of Warburton, at the base of Mt Donna Buang mountain. Sample the seasonal menu and rustic elegance at the Alpine Hotel, or treat yourself to a woodfired pizza, artisan pastry and locally roasted coffee at Little Joe. There are many sumptuous family-friendly dining experiences on offer throughout the valley. Turn up the heat with a meal at the inviting Healesville Hotel, and, of course, an artisan hot chocolate with the kids is a must at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. You can also stop at one of the many farm gates and roadside stalls to stock your pantry with fresh, local produce, including fruit and vegetables, poultry, cheeses and preserves.

Wild thing

Meet and greet some of the local wildlife with a wander through the Healesville Sanctuary. For the winter months, the sanctuary has teamed up with Fireside Yarra Valley for its Wine & Wildlife sessions, so you can sample some of the valley’s finest wines and beers, while visiting the sanctuary wildlife. Teepees are dotted around the sanctuary, along with open fires and live acoustic music. If you’re looking for a more woolly adventure, check out The Big Bouquet, in Healesville, where you can feed the alpacas and admire the 60,000 gerbera plants in the glasshouse. There’s even a café and playground on site. At Wandin North, you can book into a farm play session at Aquila Acres, which involves brushing, leading and riding ponies, and meeting the other farm animals while exploring the property.