By Zoe Powell
Forget the broken heels and hangovers, hen’s parties have evolved from boozed-up bar-hopping to a more sophisticated affair. Whether you’re after something indoors and arty or an adrenaline-raising, outdoor adventure, check out these itineraries that will be more fun than a party bus and a cheap wine hangover for you and your crew.
Start your day getting crafty at the iconic Montsalvat. Take a two-hour clay taster class at the historic community’s new ceramics centre Clay Talk, where you will learn how to prepare clay, and then move to the wheel to create three masterpieces. While you’re there, nibble on a selection of antipasti, cheese, sandwiches and petit fours, and sip on sparkling cuvee or non-alcoholic beverages.
After getting your hands dirty, meander over to Fondata 1872. Enjoy Italian spritzers and tomato arancini canapes or French champagne and freshly shucked Coffin Bay oysters on the terrace overlooking stunning rolling views of the Yarra Valley. Then move to the private Terrace Room to indulge in a three-course shared Tuscan feast including antipasti, followed by a main course of the signature 12-hour slow-cooked lamb or ricotta gnocchi with pumpkin, sage and walnuts.
And no meal is complete without dessert – and the house-made tiramisu made in the traditional style with panna cotta and locally roasted espresso coffee will totally hit the spot.
After lunch, let your food settle with a leisurely stroll through Healesville’s TarraWarra Museum of Art or YAVA Gallery and Arts Hub. With rotating exhibitions and no shortage of talented artists, a tour of these popular Yarra Valley arts spaces is the perfect way to end a decadent day of food and fun.
If getting fresh air and sunshine – and your heart racing – is more your thing, start your day with a few hours at Trees Adventure in Belgrave. With 15 flying foxes, plus balancing bridges, tightropes