We don't just do tours here at Tour the Valley, we do dinner and airport transfers too. So when we were contacted by Emily who was organising a weekend in the Yarra Valley for her old school friends from Singapore, we worked with her to create a personalised tour tailored exactly to their group and what they wanted, as well as doing their dinner and airport transfers too.
So on Sunday, John collected the group of 12 ladies from their accommodation at Yarra Valley Lodge. They had been at Secondary College together in Singapore and have been friends for fifty years - just amazing! They meet every year and as Emily resides in Sydney, and the other ladies all live in Singapore, Emily organised a holiday for them all in Melbourne and we assisted with their visit to the Yarra Valley.
Alowyn Gardens was our first stop, and the ladies loved walking around the various beautiful gardens and particularly admired the wisteria walk, which was in full bloom, the fabulous roses at the rose garden around the fountain and the quince archway. Alowyn is one of those amazing places that many locals haven't even been to - and every time we visit, they have developed new sections of the garden and it's constantly evolving. The great thing about gardens like Alowyn is that they are beautiful at every time of year, as something is always just coming into season.
After all that walking the ladies were glad to head to Badger Creek Blueberry Farm where some great antipasto and cheese platters awaited them for lunch. And of course after lunch, they then enjoyed tasting their Blueberry wine and St Ronan's cider.
For a bit more culture, we then called in to TarraWarra Museum of Art where they enjoyed walking around the incredible art gallery and looking at the wonderful view across the vines and the dam. And it was here that we spotted an echidna, just trundling along doing its own thing. The group were delighted - it may not have been a kangaroo, but it's still an unusual and indigenous Aussie creature.
For our final stop, we visited Coombe Estate to hear about Dame Nellie Melba's life and enjoy the history of the Estate and view the restored stables and garage.
John then drove them back to Yarra Valley Lodge so they could rest and freshen up before collecting them at 6.30pm to transfer them to Balgownie Estate for dinner.
The following day we transferred them to Melbourne Airport for their flights back to Singapore and Sydney, after their fabulous weekend in the Yarra Valley with one another.
If you have a group who want a day out in the Yarra Valley, let us know and we can tailor a day's touring just for you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 03 5962 5940.