Just north of the Great Dividing Range the township of Yea is nestled in a beautiful valley at the meeting of the Yea and Goulburn Rivers. Only a 90 minute drive from Melbourne, Yea offers a relaxed country experience.
The Yea township boasts historic buildings, a thriving main street and a strong arts culture. It's also a key town on the Great Victorian Rail Trail. With a range of award-winning wineries, restaurants and accommodation options on offer, Yea is the perfect base to explore the area’s surrounding scenic and historic sites.
The Great Victorian Rail Trail winds through much of this area making these townships a great stopping off point for cyclists wishing to explore the fabulous range of welcoming country pubs, great eateries, local art galleries and quirky stores.
YEA WETLANDS DISCOVERY CENTRE
MURRINDINDI SCENIC RESERVE
One of the lesser known gems of our region, the Murrindindi Scenic Reserve, is a great spot offering a bit of everything. There's a range of bushwalking, multiple camping areas, waterfalls, a picturesque river for water play as well as bird watching and fishing opportunities.
EAT & DRINK
From Sedona Estate’s humble beginnings in 1998, Paul and Sonja’s vision has been to produce fine cool-climate wines from their vineyard north of the Great Divide in the Yea Valley. Their passion and dedication is reflected in the Sedona Estate range. Varietal purity makes each bottle of wine a true experience.
Tucked away in the rolling hills of Murrindindi, Sedona Estate offers a true country experience with stunning views and plenty of Australian wildlife around. The stylish cellar door and hillside terrace is a great place to enjoy a relaxing afternoon with fine wines and delicious artisan platters to share.
Winemaker Paul Evans employs a very hands-on approach to capture the essence of this emerging wine region. It is cool climate viticulture, but plenty of sunshine at the right times provides the perfect conditions for producing complex Shiraz and delightful Sangiovese. Their outstanding quality is reflected in many national and international awards at esteemed wine shows.
Paul and Sonja pride themselves in offering friendly country hospitality and authentic wine tasting experiences. Looking behind the scenes and experiencing the real winemaking world is one of many offerings at Sedona Estate.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
The Yea Rotary Open Gardens is an annual event, which has been happening for the past ten years. It occurs in November of each year on the first weekend after the Melbourne Cup, and showcases both town and country gardens found in the Yea and surrounding areas within the Murrindindi Shire.
Private gardens are identified by the Open Garden Committee. They begin the selection process early in the year and invite selected garden owners to participate in the event. 8 gardens are available to visit in 2022
Visitors to any garden will have the opportunity to speak to the garden owners, experience a wide range of individual and inspiring garden designs and enjoy the environs of Yea and surrounds.
Rotary volunteers man each of the gardens providing assistance and local information to visitors. In addition the local Yea Garden Club holds its annual plant sale that has gained the reputation of providing many varied and unusual plants at very reasonable prices.
Tickets are cash only sales at each garden gate ($8 rural, $5 town, $40 all garden pass) or you can purchase a $40 all garden ticket from TryBooking from 1st September via Credit card(this is a saving of $15 if you visit all 8 gardens.
At the gateway to beautiful north-east Victoria, Cheviot Glen Cottages sit in a hillside on a rural working farm just east of the Yea township, 110 kilometres or 1.5 hours from Melbourne and 400 metres from the Great Victorian Rail Trail.
Side-by-side the cottages are ideal for a relaxing escape from the city, a base for cycling, horse riding, walking the Trail or just exploring the beautiful rolling hills to the Dividing Range.
Each cottage offers one queen-size bedroom, a generous ensuite bathroom with double spa, separate shower, a fully-equipped kitchen. The living area includes a sofa bed for an extra two guests and a slow combustion wood heater.
Accommodation: Stays of two nights upwards and extended stays, includes a choice of breakfast provisions (Cheviot Glen Cottages aim to be sensitive to guests dietary preferences) and welcoming little touches such as freshly baked bread and a home-baked ‘welcome’ jar of goodies.