The Top Things to do in the Yarra Valley

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Looking for all the best things to do in the Yarra Valley? You've come to the right place! In terms of raw culinary indulgence, few regions in Australia do it quite as well as Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Situated less than an hour away from Victorian capital Melbourne, this is a region that pays proper homage to the simple wonders of the grape with innumerable cellar doors, augmented by delectably rich cheeses and other produce, and all wrapped up in a verdant, green and rollingly scenic package.

This mildly cool part of Victoria features a pleasant intermingling of food and wine, scenery and activities, and as a result the Yarra Valley is one of the most popular adult getaway destinations from Melbourne. All of this is, of course, owned in large part to the quality of its wines, and the Yarra boasts an increasingly growing reputation worldwide for its outstanding bottled produce. The region is home to the bases of a number of Australia’s most famous wine producers including famed brands De Bortoli, Domaine Chandon and Yering Station, and with a huge number of smaller and boutique producers, visitors will be spoiled for choice here. The Yarra Valley is a pure, verdant and escapist region with a laid-back pace that makes for an ideal break from urban life; book your personal Yarra Valley adventure online today.

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Top 10 Things to do in - Yarra Valley and surrounds

Winery Tour
Hot Air Ballooning
Vintage Flight
Healesville Sanctuary
Balgownie Estate Vineyard
Segway Tour
Tarrawarra Museum of Art
Kokoda Track Memorial Walk
Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail

1. Go on a Winery Tour

Location:Various locations

There are a number of operators in the region operating day tours to a handful of popular wineries for guests to learn about the wine and the wine making process, taste some of the most popular varieties and dine while admiring the beautiful views of the valley. You can embark on a winery day tour from Melbourne, which includes lunch at Rochford Wines, a tour of De Bortoli Wines, a taste testing at Yarra Valley Chocolatier and Yering Station Winery to name a few. This all day tour departs Melbourne at 9 am before venturing into the valley to take passengers on a culinary adventure. A gourmet tour perfect for lovers of good food and wine as passengers will be treated to a full day of tastings mixed with sightseeing. Other winery tours on offer include a combination winery tour and helicopter flight for the more luxurious wine region adventure. Families take note, as kids are allowed on the tours, they just won’t be able to taste any of the wines.

2. Float with a Hot Air Balloon flight

Location:Balgownie Estate, 1309 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen

A hot air balloon flight is one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy birds-eye-views of the Yarra Valley. This 1-hour hot air balloon flight floats over the Valley early in the morning to treat passengers to impeccable views of the landscape at sunrise. A peaceful experience completely different to the two entrants above, a hot air balloon ride is a peaceful and romantic way to see the region. For the duration of the flight, you’ll be in the hands of some of the country’s most experienced pilots, while the ground crew looking after you at take off and landing work to ensure you have a smooth and calming experience.

3. Fly in a Vintage Tiger Moth Flight

Location:Lilydale Airport, 13 MacIntyre Lane, Yering

A vintage twist on the usual scenic flight, this authentic 1930s Tiger Moth plane will make you feel as though you’ve journeyed back in time. Complete with vintage flying gear, you’ll feel on top of the world as you soar over the Yarra Valley dressed in a leather jacket, helmet, goggles and scarf. The flight lasts for 20 minutes and passengers will have the chance to take the controls of the aircraft for part of the flight. Once you have contained yourself from the excitement of the whole experience, you’ll be able to truly appreciate the gorgeous views of the region below.

4. Go Tandem Skydiving

Location:Lilydale Airport, 13 MacIntyre Lane, Yering

If simply admiring the beauty of the vineyards isn’t enough then why not face your fears and try a tandem skydive over the valley? Connected to an experienced instructor you’ll rise to 14,000ft above the Yarra Valley before jumping out and plunging towards this beautiful part of the country. Australia’s highest legal jump, this tandem dive is perfect for visitors to the region looking to add a bit of adrenaline into a visit to a wine region. The skydive features up to 60 seconds of free falling where you’ll reach speeds of up to 220km/h before enjoying 5 to 7 minutes of gliding back down with the parachute.

5. Explore Healesville Sanctuary

Location:Badger Creek Road, Healesville

One of the state’s best animal attractions, Healesville Sanctuary is home to over 200 native Australian animals; you’ll see the likes of kangaroos, emus, dingoes, koalas, wombats and platypus. An ideal destination for a day trip from the capital, Melbourne, Healesville Sanctuary has enough to keep you and the kids occupied for the whole day. Healesville Sanctuary is an ideal destination for international visitors looking to get their Aussie animal fix and even locals searching for something fun and exciting to do.

6. Visit Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa

Location:1309 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen

If you’re looking to stay overnight in the Yarra Valley and are willing to splurge a little, then the Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa is the way to go. This 4.5-star boutique resort is Yarra Valley luxury at its finest and offers everything from accommodation and fine dining to a day spa and on-site activities. Encouraging people to stay another day in this beautiful region, you’ll most likely never want to leave once you’ve arrived at the resort. Offering a variety of room options you can choose from the Standard Queen, Directors Suite, Privilege Spa Suite and Garden Terrace. The estate offers a handful of other activities perfect for those looking to just visit for the day or who have booked a room for a night or two.

7. Embark on a Segway Tour

Location:Rochford Winery, 878-880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream

An alternative way to explore a winery, a Segway tour will take you out of your comfort zone while also providing the chance to roam around a vineyard and taste the goods. The two-hour tour takes you around the famous Rochford Winery grapevines under the leadership of an experienced guide. You’ll be given all necessary training to master the control of the Segway so you can safely drive around the vineyard. Along the journey, you’ll learn about grape growing and wine production while also getting a little background about Rochford Winery.

8. Wander around the Tarrawarra Museum of Art

Location:311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Tarrawarra

Located in the heart of the Yarra Valley, Tarrawarra Museum of Art is a great way to break up the monotony of vineyards and cellar doors (not that you can ever visit too many of the beautiful wineries). Opened in 2003, the museum features a range of contemporary pieces and exhibits that will get you tilting your head to make out pieces and nodding in agreement (or disagreement) all while enjoying breathtaking views looking out over the Valley.

9. Climb the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk

Location:Dandenong Ranges National Park, Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Ferny Creek

Often referred to as 1000 steps thanks to the number of steep stairs, the Memorial Walk is located in Ferny Creek in the Dandenong Ranges National Park. Designed to give visitors an insight into the challenge Australian soldiers faced following Papua New Guinea’s Kokoda Trail in World War II. Stretching 5 kilometres and taking around 2 hours to complete, the steep trail is often used as a training ground for locals and a challenge for visitors.

10. Follow the Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail

Location:171 Maroondah Highway, Lilydale

One of the most iconic trails in the country, the Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail travels from the Dandenong Ranges through to the Great Dividing Ranges. Stretching 38 kilometres, the trail is perfect for keen cyclists looking to explore the region. With grades varying from easy to moderate and relatively good conditions, those planning to take the journey will be treated to spectacular views throughout the duration. The trail itself is something of a highlight, with a rich history dating back to the 1900s. The railway line was used to service the local agricultural industry for many years, now instead of bins full of crops, the trail is followed by cyclists, walkers and horse riders.