This last weekend I had the pleasure of spending 24 hectic hours running around Victoria's beautiful Yarra Valley with my wife Jen getting tips from the locals as to the best places to go to experience the wine and food that makes this part of the world so desirable as a destination. What I quickly learned was that the great spots aren't always the big names but often some of the smaller ones off the beaten track.
Having just arrived home in Adelaide on Friday night after a 16 day outback road trip to the Red Centre I wouldn't ordinarily have planned to be on a plane heading to the Yarra Valley at 7am the next morning but the nice folks at the new website www.hooroo.com had asked me to take a 24 hour jaunt to a place I had 'Been' and could write about and photograph with some experience - how could I refuse?
I spent 14 years living in Melbourne so trips to the Yarra Valley an hour out of town were not uncommon and Melbournites are truly lucky to have this beautiful piece of Australia in their backyard.
Any effort to promote travel in and around Australia is something I'm going to support so I was stoked to be asked by hooroo.com to be a part of their launch.
In their words "Hooroo.com is a new kind of travel website. Untold stories, inside tips and thousands of places to stay in Australia at awesome rates, and thatâ€™s just for starters. Weâ€™re here to inspire more travel. We want you to find the perfect place to stay on your next trip and to help you discover the things that will make your travel experience memorable and shareable."
Sounds good to me!
I managed to get to 5 wineries, a couple of restaurants and the Yarra Valley Farmers Market on my trip (thanks to Jen and her map reading skills) and it really opened our eyes to the whole idea of a quick 24 hour getaway. While we were busy, it was a lot of fun and we are already talking about where to next! Maybe the Hunter Valley next time to see how NSW version of the Yarra Valley compares.
Check out my reviews and photos and those of the 20 or so other travel bloggers that have helpedÂ launch www.hooroo.comÂ and while you're there, sign up for an account yourself and start sharing your experiences with the rest of us.