The guest books at Yering Gorge Cottages are packed with comments like this – in fact – I wrote some of them, back in 2008 when I used to stay at the cottages when I came up from the city, for A Day on the Green concerts or weekends spent wine-tasting in the valley.
When you stay at Yering Gorge Cottages you will undoubtedly see kangaroos, and if you’re very lucky you might see their very special white one. One of the wombats or echidnas will probably trundle past your cottage, deep in thought, as you sit on your deck enjoying your breakfast as the kookaburras serenade you with their infectious laugh.
And if you can tear yourself away from watching the wildlife from your cottage, or spotting it on a walk on the 630 acre property, you can tailor make your stay to suit the occasion and your numbers. If hot air ballooning is on your list of things to do, tell the owners at Yering Gorge and they will arrange a package that includes ballooning for you. The balloons are a wonderful sight to behold as they rise effortlessly into the early morning sky.
If cheese is more your thing, make a whole day of it; try some sensational European cheeses at De Bortoli’s maturation room (or cheese cave as I prefer to call it), then on to the Yarra Valley Dairy for some of their ashed cow’s cheese or infamous Persian feta and perhaps sneak in a final cheese tasting at the new Coldstream Dairy (opens end of February) at 735 Maroondah Highway, just near the turnoff to Oakridge Wines.
And then it’s back to your cottage at Yering Gorge, to put your feet up, open some of that cheese and wine you’ve bought and watch the sun sink on a magical day. Call today on 9739 0110 and get some dates in your diary.
Helen Collier is a local writer in the Yarra Valley with her own business JustWords