Delicious food, world-class wine and breathtaking scenery await in the Yarra Valley. Of course, food and wine aren’t the only draws in the Yarra Valley. The region boasts some of the most beautiful national parks in Victoria. You’ll also find award-winning attractions, including a native wildlife park and a charming heritage railway.
Things to do in Yarra Valley
From elegant estates to family-friendly vineyards, there are wineries for every occasion in the Yarra Valley. Guided wine tours are the best way to hop between wineries and learn more about the grape-to-glass process. In addition to signature grapes like Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, you’ll see offbeat varietals like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese and Gamay.
The lively towns of Healesville and Warburton are gateways to the Yarra Valley. Both are great places to shop, dine and stock up on supplies. Other hubs include riverside Yarra Glen and the charming mountain town of Marysville on the border of Yarra Ranges National Park.
Take to the skies with a hot-air balloon ride over the Yarra Valley. From the sky, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the sprawling vineyards and rugged Dandenong Ranges. Helicopter flights are another thrilling way to experience the Yarra Valley.
Get off the beaten track in Yarra Ranges National Park. Mt Donna Buang towers 1,250 metres over the park and is a local landmark. Climb the lookout tower for sweeping views over the Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges. Further down the mountain is the Rainforest Gallery treetop walk that takes you through the lush canopy.
Whether you’re into farm-to-table cafes or fine-dining restaurants, the Yarra Valley is an epicurean paradise. Pick up treats from local bakeries and splurge on degustation menus at boutique wineries. Not a wine lover? Mix things up at craft breweries and artisan distilleries in the Yarra Valley.
Getting around Yarra Valley
Rental cars offer the freedom to visit the Yarra Valley and explore local sights and attractions at your own pace. Guided tours are a good option for wine lovers and depart from Melbourne’s city centre and towns in the Yarra Valley. The region is a one-hour drive from Melbourne’s city centre and Melbourne Airport.