Yarra Valley is known for its green, mountainous views and of course, its wineries.
I'm not a big wine person yet Yarra Valley is only a short drive away, so I decided to explore it differently.
Essenza Cafe: 189 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville First stop was brunch along Healesville's strip of shops on Maroondah Highway. There are several cafes and shops and we stopped by Essenza for some Italian-influenced cafe fair.
We enjoyed the weekend sunshine and I ordered the Fagioli - butter beans, tomato onion sugo and grilled goats cheese ($14.50). It turned out to be similar to a baked eggs dish - not complaining, as I love baked eggs!
Meanwhile, my friend had a breakfast burger, which was fairly average but the sunshine and coffee had us in a good mood.
Steavenson Falls: Falls Rd, Marysville Unfortunately, not everything in the Yarra Valley area is close, but Steavensons Falls has been on my list for a few years. We made the most of the weather and drove 40 minutes to see the spectacular drop.
There is a viewing platform at the base, not far from the carpark and it provides the best view. Since we were there, we also decided to take the walk to the top of the falls. The view is not as breathtaking but the spot is calm and relaxing as you sit near steady streams of water and take in the fresh air.
It's popular for its hikes, its mountainous and rocky terrain as well as its difficulty. I decided to go with a short hike, the Canyon Track, a hard hike estimated at 30 minutes to the top of Sugarloaf Peak.
However, towards the end there is a spiderman-like climb between two rock wedges and then the slope is quite steep after that. I was a little scared to continue to this slope and didn't feel mentally prepared for it. Some lovely passers-by told us it wasn't that bad and even offered to accompany us to the top.
We told them we would be ok and that we were going to pause for a moment to decide whether to continue or not. In the end, we turned back. I felt a little defeated but also determined to build up my confidence and return to conquer my fears.