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Yarra Valley

Known for Wineries, Relaxing and Spas

Experience Victoria’s fine wines, delicious regional produce and unique wildlife in a beautiful natural setting.

How do you get to Yarra Valley?

Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a magnificent natural escape within easy driving distance of Melbourne. Here, the vineyard-dotted banks of the Yarra River give way to the forested mountains of the Dandenong Ranges. This internationally acclaimed wine region offers a range of relaxing retreats, wineries and fine dining experiences set amidst scenic landscapes.

The Yarra Valley’s wine-growing region is recognised as one of the world’s finest for cool climate wines. Visit more than 90 cellar doors and sample wines from famous estates and small boutique wineries. Try chardonnay and pinot noir, the region’s award-winning wine varieties or try the valley’s famous Domaine Chandon sparkling wine.

The valley also has a rich history of beer and cider production. Hit the Yarra Valley Cider and Ale Trail to take a scenic journey between the breweries nestled in the hills.

Indulge at one of the Yarra Valley’s highly acclaimed restaurants. Many winery restaurants feature stunning vistas of the rolling hills, lined with vineyards and framed by the green peaks of the Dandenongs. Try a long lunch made with fine regional produce and matched with local wines. Visit the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery for a delicious and family-friendly experience of some of the region’s fine produce.

In the heart of the Yarra Valley is Healesville Sanctuary, an expansive bush estate where you can encounter some of Australia’s wildlife, including kangaroos and koalas. Learn about the area’s Wurrundjeri Aboriginal people at the sanctuary’s historical exhibits. Explore the untamed landscape at Marysville’s Yarra Ranges National Park.

Don’t miss the TarraWarra Museum of Art, a public visual arts museum with a focus on Australian art from the mid-20th century to today.

The Yarra Valley is just 50 kilometres (31 miles) from Melbourne, Victoria’s capital city. Explore the region’s towns and wineries by car, charter tour or by bicycling along the network of cycling trails that traverse the picturesque valley landscape.

Activities in Yarra Valley

Get up close and personal with Australia’s iconic wildlife and learn how rare native species are protected in of one of the country’s most famous wildlife parks.

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Healesville Sanctuary is a bushland haven for Australia's native wildlife. Get an up-close look at threatened, endangered, and unusual species from bilbies to platypuses, and learn about the sanctuary's efforts to rescue and rehabilitate the fascinating creatures of the Land Down Under.

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Enjoy a full day exploring Melbourne's famous wine region, the Yarra Valley. Visit 2 wineries plus a boutique cider house and brewery; sample ciders and ales at Gateway Estate farmhouse; indulge in a gourmet winery lunch; and sample delicious local chocolate at the Yarra Valley Chocolatier and Ice-creamery.

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Begin your day drifting along the Yarra Valley's grapevine corridors and enjoying a bird's-eye view of the sunrise from a hot air balloon. Back on the ground, enjoy a champagne breakfast and toast to the morning's adventure.

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Escape to the picturesque Yarra Valley on this small-group day tour from Melbourne and visit 4 of the regions top wineries. Indulge yourself with a delicious lunch while enjoying vineyard views and a series of wine tastings.

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Rise high above the Yarra Valley in a colorful hot-air balloon during sunrise, rejoicing in fantastic views of the lush hillsides covered with vineyards that stretch on for miles. Enjoy a champagne breakfast back on the ground, and then visit 4 fantastic wineries in the region for generous tastings.

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Ride the historic Puffing Billy steam train through the spectacular Blue Dandenong Ranges on this day tour. Traverse the rich Yarra Valley and continue your journey with either a winetasting tour or a visit to Healesville Sanctuary, home to over 200 species of Australian wildlife.