Yarra Valley Tour
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Yarra Valley is one of the most famous wine producing regions in Australia, blessed with year-round cool climate and generous rainfall, its superior natural conditions have made its wines some of the best in Australia. With a selection of more than 100 wineries, Yarra Valley is a popular weekend retreat destination for Melbournians, from the elegant French heritage Domaine Chandon sparkling wine to many family-owned wineries with their own unique touch, you can choose from a wide range of reds and whites, alternatively give a try to aromatic blueberry wine or apple and pear cider. Yarra Valley will certainly offer something that satisfies your palate.
If wine is not for you, Yarra Valley is brimful of fun outdoors activities.
Morning activity (optional)
2 – 3 Yarra Valley wineries tasting
Enjoy a delicious lunch in Yarra Valley
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
Yarra Valley Dairy or Fruit Picking at Orchard
Please refer to the Additional Tour Options section below for more travel ideas.
Transport Hotel Transfers
Friendly Guide Heaps of Fun
Bottled Water Child Safety Child (if required)
Car Parking Toll Fees
On the morning of your tour, we would pick up from your hotel. Upon return, we can drop you to either your hotel or your chosen restaurant in Melbourne CBD
For a group booking of more than 11 people, please contact us for a quote.
Have more questions? Please see our Frequently Asked Questions.
Let’s Go To Yarra Valley!
Yarra Valley, Here we come!
In the morning, our friendly driver will pick you up from your hotel.
Travel northeasterly from Melbourne, Yarra Valley is about an hour’s drive from Melbourne CBD. In comparison to Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island tours, the trip is shorter in duration and distance. It is a perfect relaxation where you will indulge in some of the finest wine and food in Victoria.
In addition to the delicious wine and beautiful vineyards, you will get to taste freshly picked grapes and watch falling autumn leaves between March and May.
Pick Your Morning Activity
Choose your morning activity (Optional)
Yarra Valley offers travellers and locals a wide selection of activities to choose from.
If you are a wine lover, why not double up on the wineries for tasting? Yarra Valley has more than 100 wineries of various sizes, it has something to match everyone’s taste buds. In addition, Yarra Valley has a number of specialty breweries, you can find blueberry wine, apple and pear cider, gin amongst others. (Tasting fees may apply for some wineries, however most wineries offer discounts for any subsequent purchase)
If you prefer to stay sober, there are a range of outdoors activities to choose from to make your Yarra Valley private tour equally as fun. Please refer to Additional Tour Options section for more ideas.
Note: all Yarra Valley attractions and wineries close at 5 pm.
Yarra Valley Wineries
Yarra Valley Wine Tasting
Yarra Valley is one of the major wine producing regions in Australia. Its superior natural location, coupled with year-round cool climate and generous precipitation have made Yarra Valley home of more than 100 wineries of various sizes, range from small family-run wineries to internationally renowned Domaine Chandon and Innocent Bystander. Yarra Valley is best known for its Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. With the opening of the first winery in the valley dated back to 1838, whereas Melbourne was only founded in 1835, it’s not hard to see locals’ profound love for quality wine. Besides the flavourful grapes that are used to make aromatic wines, Yarra Valley also yields organic vegetables, fruits, fresh salmon, trout and more. While sipping delightful wine, enjoy a mouth-watering lunch made from fresh local produce.
Domaine Chandon is one of the most famous wineries in Yarra Valley, it has an alluring vineyard that is inspired by French horticulture. This French concepted winery was born in Yarra Valley in 1986 and falls under the prestigious Moet & Chandon brand name which is owned by LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Domaine Chandon is best known for its sparkling wines, despite it’s identical to champagne, the term “champagne” only applies to alcoholic drink that is produced from grapes grown in the Champagne region (in France) and following its specific fermentation process. The view in the vineyard is magnificent, in addition to the endless rows of grapevines, the calm lake in the backdrop makes Domaine Chandon one of the most Instagrammable spots in Yarra Valley. From the lush ivy crawled across the exterior stairway to the red-and-green autumn leaves in fall, Domaine Chandon is certainly a spot you do not want to miss in Yarra Valley. At the end of the stairway, there are interactive touch screens to elaborate each step of the wine making and storage process, walk through the processing and fermentation factory to the barrel room and riddling hall. You will get to see the entire brewery process and bone up on your wine knowledge!
Domaine Chandon has a tasting fee of $10 with and $5 discount on any subsequent purchase.
Oakridge was titled as Australia’s best winery in 2012 by local newspaper “The Age”, the term “Oakridge” originally came from a ridge of oak trees planted at the front of the vineyard. At the cellar door, enjoy the panoramic view of the entire vineyard while the aroma from wine wakes up in your mouth.
Enjoy A Good Lunch
Yarra Valley Cuisine
Yarra Valley is a gourmet paradise, many wineries have their own restaurants, serving mostly modern Australian and Italian dishes, our lovely guide will recommend restaurants based on your preferences. Most of the restaurants have their a la carte and degustation menus, for larger groups, it’s often wise to make a pre-booking. Savour the delicious food at Yarra Valley with fresh ingredients sourced directly within.
Meletos is best-known for its wood-fired pizzas, the restaurant makes consistently delicious pizza topped with fresh and organic ingredients sourced directly from Yarra Valley, it also serves various entrees and mains, making it one of the best choices for lunch. Adjacent to the restaurant is Napoleone Brewery & Ciderhouse, the brewery grows its own apples and pears on the estate, then harvests them seasonally and brews a mixture of crisp apple and pear cider, they are very popular with guests with sweet taste buds. Its cider is a great complement to the appetizing lunch Meletos serves.
For a $12 tasting fee, you can try out 4 different kinds of beer and cider of your own selection.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
How can you miss desert after a satisfying lunch in Yarra Valley? Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery makes a wide variety of chocolates, from exquisite handmade chocolates of different flavours to meter-long gigantic chocolate bars, if you like Easter chocolate eggs, you can find them here year round, the premium range includes chocolates made from imported cocoa all around the world, chocolate truffles and etc; Behind the massive glass panel, you get to watch workers delightfully making flavoursome chocolates, Best of all, every now and then the chocolaterie introduces their new chocolates, with many of them available for tasting before purchase. The ice-creamery serves quality gelato as an alternative, with an additional stall set up around the carpark during summer. The terrance outside of the cafe is a good place for families to munch on some tasty desert while having some aromatic coffee.
The chocolaterie features a gorgeous lawn that is great for relaxation and outdoors activities, kids love to run around and kick the soccer balls. Look afar, you will be delighted by the beautiful scenery of endless green pasture and moderate hills in the distance.
Yarra Valley Diary or Fruit Picking
In addition to wineries, you will find many cattle farms in Yarra Valley. Its green pasture produces some of the best dairy products in Australia. At Yarra Valley Dairy, you can sample locally produced cheeses while sipping on your favourite wine from the valley. There is a wide selection of cheeses to choose from, e.g. Gouda, Brie, Blue Cheese, Cheddar, marinated cheese etc. The dairy shop also sells fresh local farm products, such as: olive oil and jams.
Furthermore, there are a number of orchards and berry farms scattered around Yarra Valley. Especially in December and January, the juicy and sweet Victorian cherries, blueberries and strawberries are ripe for picking, roll up your sleeves and pick your own fruits. While you are picking, you can sample as much as you want!
Additional Tour Options:
Puffing Billy steam railway traverses through the lush rainforest of Dandenong Ranges. The steam train first operated in 1900, mainly for the transportation of local agriculture and logging products. The original starting point, Upper Ferntree Gully, has now become Belgrave. The railway has five platforms, namely Belgrave, Menzies Creek, Emrald, Lakeside and Gembrook. A complete journey would take about 2 hours, and 25 minutes apart between each two stations. Due to severe landslide, the steam train operation had been suspended from 1953 and it wasn’t fully operational until 1998. Since then, Puffing Billy steam train has become hugely popular with both local and international tourists. In recent years, annual customer flow has exceeded over 400,000. Puffing Billy has proudly maintained the original steam engines which feed on large consumption of coal. The steam trains traverse slowly through the lush Dandenong Ranges fern forest, visitors can choose to sit by the sides of the trains and dangle your feet outside the carriage. coupled with the fragrant scent from the local flora and fern trees, re-explore this historic trail wholeheartedly.
Puffing Billy Steam Train Tickets:
One hour from Belgrave to Lakeside: AUD $ 35 adult / AUD $18 child (4-15 years old).
Healesville Sanctuary is a wildlife zoo located in Healesville, right on the edge of Yarra Valley. It is home to many native and endangered Australian animals, ranging from mammals, reptiles, birds and nocturnal living creatures. At Healesville Sanctuary, get up and close to cute wallabies and kangaroos, watch adorable koalas nibbling away at eucalyptus tree leaves; observe echidnas (also known as Spiny Anteater) crawling on the topsoil and sluggishly finding its mid-day snack; learn about the world’s 2nd largest bird behind ostrich – Emu and spot platypus swimming swiftly across the water. The footpaths within the zoo are shaded by dense gum trees and vegetations, it’s ideal for a good afternoon walk.
Healesville Sanctuary Tickets:
Adult AUD $36 / Children (4-15 years old) AUD$ 18.
Free entry for all children under the age of 16 on weekends & public holidays.
Rayner’s Orchard has up to 450 different types of fruits ready for harvest at different times throughout the year, including peaches, plums, apricots, kiwis, lemons, citrus and many more.
The orchard offers one-hour Tractor Tour, visitors can tour the entire orchard on tractor accompanied by its friendly staff. There are generally 8-12 types of fruits available for picking at any time of the year. The fruits you pick will be weighed and purchased at the end of tour.
Tractor Tour cost: $ 29.50 for adults / $ 25 for children over 5 years old
Blue Hill Berries Farm
Begin in early December, the sweet and juicy Victorian cherries and strawberries become ripe for picking, this usually lasts about one and half months. until mid or late January.
Blue Hill is a large cherry and strawberry farm located in Yarra Valley, you can also find rare varieties, such as: raspberries, blackberries, Boysenberries, Youngberries and Loganberries here.
Cherry Farm admission: Adult AUD $12 / Children (3-14 years) AUD $6
Strawberry Farm admission: Adult AUD $13 (include 500g of mixed berries) /Children (3-14 yrs old) AUD $6.50 (include 250g of mixed berries)
Cherries are sold for AUD $12 per kg. (berry prices may fluctuate each year)
Warratina Lavender Farm
Originally a cherry farm, the farm owner’s love for lavender in 1991 has over the years turned it into a sizeable lavender garden, with over 10,000 lavender plants.
You can take a stroll in the lavender garden, breathe the fresh air and admire the beautiful lavender plants. In addition, the cafe serves special Lavender ice cream and delectable scones.
The best time to visit is from end of November to end of January.
1000 Steps (Kokoda Track Memorial Walk) – a scenic trek in the heart of Mt Dandenong, the 3 km trail is popular with fitness enthusiasts, coupled with the plaques along the trail will give you a small glimpse of the hardship and physical difficulty Australian soldiers had to endure on the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea during World War II. The walk trail is surrounded by dense rainforest and fern trees and is a perfect location for morning aerobic exercise.
The activity requires stairs climbing and reasonable level of fitness, but achievable for people of all ages. Round trip takes approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.
National Rhododendron Gardens is a large botanic garden located next to the tranquil town of Olinda (Mount Dandenong), it occupies a total area of 36 hectares, the garden has more than 15,000 rhododendrons, 3,000 camellias, 250,000 daffodils and countless others floral species on exhibition all year round. As the seasons change, the landscape in the garden also evolves. it is great for family walks.
The best time to visit is from early October until end of December while flowers blossom as spring time in Australia is the opposite of the northern hemisphere . Recommended time: 45 minutes – 1.5 hours.
Yarra Valley Sky Dive
Sky dive from one of the most beautiful wine regions in Australia, only a short drive away from Melbourne, you can experience the thrill of free fall from up to 15,000 feet off ground. the tandem skydive will be accompanied by an experienced instructor, it will be the ultimate surprise gift or for adrenaline rush seekers! You can also hire another instructor to record your entire skydive process from different angles.
You can book the skydive online and have us arrange the transport and tour. Alternatively we can have the skydive arranged for you as part of a tour package.
Yarra Valley Hot Air Balloon
Want to watch the early morning sunrise and discover the beauty of Yarra Valley from the sky? A hot air balloon ride in Yarra Valley would be the perfect option! Take part in the pre take-off preparations and experience the unbelievable valley views. When the balloon ride concludes, enjoy your complimentary breakfast before we kick start your Yarra Valley private tour.
Hot air balloon ride costs: Adult AUD$ 405 / Child AUD$325
There are a few hot air balloon companies and packages available to choose from.
For hot air balloon rides, it will be an early departure from Melbourne city, you need to arrive 2 hours before sunrise at designated meeting point in Yarra Valley.
Minimum age 7 and minimum height of 130 cm.
Additional tour fees: AUD $300
If You Can Still Read More
Yarra Valley is a winery region located 45 km northeast of Melbourne CBD, with Yarra River flows across it. Its cool climate has made it suitable for wine making, as a result, a thriving wine sector has been established in the region with more than 100 wineries. Yarra Valley offers a wide varieties of wine to match your palate. The region is well-known for shiraz, sparkling wine, chardonnay and pinot noir. In addition, this region boasts some of the best restaurants in Victoria, you can enjoy delicious food made from organic produce sourced locally complemented by a glass of silky red wine.
Mount Dandenong is a national park located 35 km east of Melbourne CBD, it is a popular weekend getaway for locals thanks to its lush rainforest and mountainous environment. There is a number of gorgeous gardens on the mountain, the most famous ones are National Rhododendron Gardens and William Ricketts Sanctuary, surrounded by a number of orchards and berry farms around Dandenong Ranges, making it one of the favourite tourist destinations near Melbourne. Its 633 meters high observatory offers a spectacular view of the nearby areas and metropolitan Melbourne.