YARRA VAL­LEY, VIC­TO­RIA

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Fa­mous for its rolling fields of grapevines heavy with plump fruit in the sum­mer, the Yarra Val­ley makes an equally mag­i­cal win­ter des­ti­na­tion when the vines are bare, the air is crisp and the sur­round­ing moun­tains are topped with snow. Ex­plore the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ing forests, hop be­tween cel­lar doors and, if you’re lucky, play ju­bi­lantly in the snow. Then, with cheeks rosy from the chilly win­ter air, cud­dle up in your cot­tage in front of the fire with a plat­ter of lo­cal cheese and fruit and a bot­tle of Yarra Val­ley red. Heaven on earth.

MARYSVILLE GAR­DEN COT­TAGES

Sink into a deep, lux­u­ri­ous bath and un­wind by the fire at this mod­ern, ro­man­tic cou­ples’ re­treat. marysvil­le­gar­den­cot­tages.com.au

BRENT­WOOD COT­TAGE AND HOUSE

Homely self-con­tained ac­com­mo­da­tion awaits at Brent­wood Cot­tage and House in Healesville, sleep­ing seven and six re­spec­tively. brent­woodac­com­mo­da­tion.com.au

SANC­TU­ARY PARK COT­TAGES

With rus­tic fam­ily-friendly cot­tages set across five acres, the kids will love this taste of coun­try life in Healesville. sanc­tu­ary­park.com.au

Warm up Get cosy din­ing by an open fire at Tar­raWarra Es­tate.

Ex­plore winer­ies Take in the Yarra Val­ley’s fa­mous vine­yards at dusk.

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