Yarra Valley & Dandenongs
Utter indulgence is encouraged by the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges region's lush natural havens and premium food and wine, secluded boutique accommodation, artisans and galleries, and stunning scenery. An hour's drive east of Melbourne, the tall trees and ancient mountain ranges of the Dandenong Ranges meet the vine-strung hills and rolling farmland and world class wineries of the Yarra Valley. A sunrise hot air balloon ride over the Yarra Valley takes in the Healesville and Yarra Glen vineyards and the green valleys and pristine rivers around Marysville and Warburton. Back on earth numerous cellar doors beckon for laid back
Art at Linden Gate, in the beautiful Yarra Valley, is a Complete Art Experience. Stainless steel, concrete and granite sculptures by Ernst Fries can be seen along the driveway and gardens and the regularly changing exhibitions in the gallery keep visitors returning again and again. Gallery hours are 10am to 5pm on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday as well as Wednesdays during school holidays and entry is free. Please call for an appointment at other times. Art at Linden Gate also have comfortable, self-contained, mud brick cottages decorated with art and sculptures making a weekend stay a total art experience.