While Melbourne may be the classic go-to city for travelers looking to explore off-the-beaten track in the Australian state of Victoria, there is another option -- Yarra Junction, Victoria, Australia.This town is situated just fifty-five kilometres east of the capital city -- roughly just over an hour’s drive, which makes it perfect for a day trip for those people staying in hostels in Melbourne.
Yarra Junction is a picturesque part of Victoria, and scrapes the edge of the famous Yarra River. Among the stunning scenes that travelers can witness while in the area are mountain ranges and the plentiful natural landscapes. Soak up all the natural beauty of the valley with a balloon ride, which can be capped off with breakfast at Balgownie Estate.
The area is well known for its top-notch tipples, so indulging in wine tastings and vineyard tours is a must. De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate contains more than one hundred sixty hectares of vines, which is so impressive that the attraction is now listed in Tourism Victoria’s Hall of Fame. Another attraction to be ticked off the list is a visit to the Domaine Chandon, which combines the French champagne traditions of Moet & Chandon with the Australian Yarra Valley wine-making techniques, with dazzling results.
However, if wine is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other activities to keep you occupied.
The historic, almost-forty-kilometer-long Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail is also worth taking a look at, as is the O'Shannassy Trail in Warburton. Another great choice to spend part of the day is to take a tour of the Mont De Lancey Historic Homestead.
While hostels in Yarra Junction, Victoria, Australia, itself may be lacking, it’s not hard to find cheap accommodation such as bed-and-breakfast lodgings as well as affordable hotels. However, if the hostel scene is more up your alley, Melbourne is the best bet as a place to use as a base. In the popular city, there are many different hostels of varying price ranges and qualities, most of which are a relatively short drive from Yarra Junction.
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