Days out with a difference

The tradition of a Hen’s Day or a Buck’s Night is well established as rite of passage in the lead up to the wedding day. In the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges there are many ways to celebrate your ‘soon to be wedded’ status that are fun, meaningful and memory making.

The Yarra Valley Gin tour

Where there is wine, there is gin in the Yarra Valley and from award-winning, world famous distilleries to the bespoke and the boutique, there’s a whole new world of tastes to discover. Four Pillars GinRochford Wines and Coombe Estate (hello Dame Nellie) all offer gin tasting for your flight of fancy and are gorgeous destinations for the discerning. Prefer not to drive? Yarra Valley A2B will take care of you.

Mountain bike downhill adventure

Activate the good day out vibes with a forest mountain bike adventure. Gather the crew and test your mettle with an organised tour (Yarra Valley Cycles) or bring your own/hire bikes and get out in nature. The new downhill trail from Lake Mountain into Marysville will deliver you right to the door of some fine refreshments.

Go off-ground

Survey the world from above. Charter a flight from Yarra Valley Airport offering joy flights and destination flights of your choosing. Fancy a quick trip across to King Island or Flinders Island? You can catch your own crayfish for lunch. Charter a flight and discover some place new, or choose one of their art and photography flight adventures, or Outback Pub Safaris. Global Ballooning also offer gorgeous hot air balloon flights over the Yarra Valley that really are a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Masterclass for makers

Get behind the wine scene and learn from the masters about all things wine. Season dependant, Rochford Wines offers unique opportunities to learn about blending or try your hand at crafting your own craft beer at The Public Brewery, Croydon. Take home your brew or make your own ‘wedding day’ beer to serve your guests.

High ropes, high hopes

Give your inner circle the time of their life at Kinglake Forest Adventure on the high ropes adventure course. Feel like an adventure packed weekend away together? There’s onsite accommodation (glamping anyone?) and you can tackle the mountain bike tracks the next day!

Paint and Sip

Get creative at Elmswood Estate with their ‘Paint and Sip’ program pairing gorgeous wines with a blank canvas and a guided class to get you making your mark. Wine, cheese and art–what could be better than that? Maybe a Flower Crown Workshops and High Tea event, also on offer for group bookings.

Share a special day with your besties and explore these ‘days’ out with a difference.