Yarra Valley’s mix of fine food, excellent wines and pristine nature, is (sometimes literally) intoxicating. Located an easy day trip from Melbourne, the region is considered one of Australia’s premium wine-producing areas, and arguably its top-rated visitor activity is taking a tasting tour of its historical estates. Go hot airballooning over the valley’s lush plains, visit the Healesville Sanctuary to experience some local wildlife in a natural setting, and If you’re up for it, a walk up the 1000 steps to the Kokoda Memorial for an interesting historical experience and lovely forest scenery. Less than an hour’s drive from Yarra Valley are the Dandenongs - a range of low mountains where hiking trails lead through misty forests and fairytale fern glades.