Covidsafe impacts on the Yarra Valley Region
Many attractions in the Yarra Valley Region have been impacted by the social distancing requirements of the Covid19 Stage 3 lock down. In particular cellar doors & wineries, restaurants, cafes and hotels and major attractions have all been forced to close their normal activities. Many places however, have moved online and some offer home delivery.
Getting into the great outdoors has been less affected and many of the trails are open for walking or cycling. However, the State Forests and National Parks are closed for lock down.
Only one hour east of Melbourne, the Upper Yarra Valley refers to the higher reaches of the Yarra River in the foothills of the Yarra Ranges. It’s the home of the Warburton trail, a number of small, top drawer wineries and gateway to the Yarra Ranges. In our view it’s also the premier sub-region for quality viticulture and wines.
Woori Yallock is part of the beautiful Upper Yarra Valley. In addition the town is a stopping point on the well maintained “Warburton Trail“. You can walk or cycle on the trail, between Lilydale and Warburton. The Cottage booklet has more information about the “Warby Trail”. Visiting Warburton, and its arts and craft shops is about 20 minutes by car. A drive to Mount Donna Buang – will reward you with panoramic views of the Yarra Valley, Dandenong Ranges, Melbourne, and the Alps.
Featuring many excellent wineries, towns and walks, the Warburton Highway is the spine of the Upper Yarra Valley. Almost anywhere you drive features stunning landscapes and scenery. Similarly, mountain bike and cycling tracks abound along the highway.
In the Region
The Yarra Valley Region is recognised as one of the world’s premier wine growing regions. While you are always welcome to arrange a sample tasting of our wines, you are close to 80 sensational cellar doors, superb restaurants, iconic scenery and stunning artwork. Other attractions in the region include hot air ballooning, art galleries, provedores and farm gate produce, bush-walking, fishing and horse riding. We are only 20 minutes from Healesville, a real foodie’s outlet, and home to the famous Healesville Sanctuary.
One way to explore the valley is with tour groups such as wine compass tours, who will pick-up and drop-off from the cottage for private groups. Best off to check with them before you arrive and social distancing rules have affected most tour groups.
Cooking for yourselves at the Cottage is easy. To provision up you can visit Woori Yallock (about 4 kms from the Cottage). It has an excellent small butcher and a Foodworx supermarket. In addition, you can purchase fruit & vegetables or a range of delicatessen items at “Launch Fresh” in Launching Place. Many services are also available at other local towns: Seville, Wandin, or Yarra Junction; all 10-15 minutes drive away.
It’s easy to eat out at night at local restaurants. You can book the local transport service (based in Healesville) if you don’t want to drive. The Cottage booklet contains details of this service.