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Yarra Valley

Escape the city for a while — visit vineyards and indulge in some fine wine, all at a stone’s throw from Melbourne.

Yarra Valley: Our most recommended tours and activities

Melbourne: Full-Day Yarra Valley Wine Experience with Lunch

1. Melbourne: Full-Day Yarra Valley Wine Experience with Lunch

Take a full-day wine tour in the Yarra Valley and discover some of the best wineries in Victoria just an hour's drive from Melbourne. Stop at 4 different wineries, taste a range of wines, and savor an included lunch. After pickup from a range of meeting points, depart for the Yarra Valley. Make your first stop at Greenstone, nestled in the base of the Christmas Hills. Begin by learning the art of the swirl, sniff, and slurp from your expert wine guide and then try a range of cellar door tastings. Move on to the next venue, Balgownie Estate, a stylish winery featuring great views and an excellent restaurant. Enjoy lunch with a glass of the estate's wine, then taste more of the wines produced there at the cellar door. In the afternoon, travel through the gorgeous scenery to a smaller boutique winery, Yering Farm. Experience traditionally made wines and see the antique copper wine-making equipment used by the Yarra Valley’s pioneer vignerons. Afterward, make your final stop at Soumah of Yarrah Valey. The cool climate allows this winery to specialize in styles and varieties typical to northern Italy and southeastern France, such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Sample the award-winning wines before returning to Melbourne.

Yarra Valley: Full-Day Gourmet Tour with Lunch

2. Yarra Valley: Full-Day Gourmet Tour with Lunch

Discover some of the Yarra Valley's top wineries by bus to sample delectable local wines and food. Taste a range of fresh local juices, savor quality wines at three wineries, tuck into a delicious local lunch, and top everything off with a visit to a chocolaterie for a sweet finish. Begin your full-day gourmet tour of the Yarra Valley with an exclusive farm gate visit to Yarra Farm Fresh, for a palate-cleansing fruit tasting experience. Sample a range of freshly made juices and other locally made products. Next, travel to one of the valley’s iconic wineries, Balgownie Estate, to enjoy a tasting from their extensive range of quality wines. Learn how to swirl and sniff like true connoisseurs, while sampling some of the very finest cool-climate wines. At the Yarra Valley Dairy the amazing products will truly melt in your mouth. The cheeses here are stunning and have your taste buds working overtime! Stop for lunch at the fabulous Rochford Wines and choose from four different main meals, with a glass of wine, tea, or coffee. Take some time to explore the gift shop, or perhaps climb the spiral staircase to enjoy the panoramic views from Rochford’s famous lookout tower. After lunch, make your way to one of Australia’s great wineries and member of the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Yering Station. Home of Victoria’s oldest vineyards, first planted in 1838, the wines here are of exceptional quality and a tasting here is not to be missed. The final destination is the amazing Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. Here, enjoy a complimentary tasting of the spectacular delights handcrafted by the chocolaterie’s French and Belgian chocolatiers.

Yarra Valley: Wine and Food Tour from Melbourne

3. Yarra Valley: Wine and Food Tour from Melbourne

Sample local wines, beers, ciders, and sweets on a fun day tour, to experience the Yarra Valley to the fullest. Meet your host in Melbourne at a central meeting point location in front of St Paul's Cathedral, then head towards the Yarra Valley. Next, visit the first winery for a 1-hour guided wine tasting experience. Journey to the second winery for further wine tastings, followed by a seasonal 2-course style lunch with a glass of estate wine of your choice. After lunch, head to the third and final wine tasting location. Once you've explored different regional wines, it's time to visit a brewery for a glass of beer or cider to enjoy. The final stop of the tour takes you to a local chocolate factory and ice creamery for a sweet finish. At approximately 4:15 PM, head back to Melbourne where you'll arrive at around 5:45 PM and be dropped off by Federation Square or St Paul's Cathedral.

Melbourne: Lake Mountain Snow Guided Tour

4. Melbourne: Lake Mountain Snow Guided Tour

Leaving the CBD early morning and be taken straight to Lake Mountain with spectacular views as you drive up. Once at the top of the mountain enjoy 3 hours of snow play. Make a snow man, hire a toboggan, throw some snow balls or take a cross-country ski lesson.  In the afternoon take a visit to the wonderous Steavenson Falls, one of the tallest in Victoria with 5 cascades and a total descent of 122 meters. Enjoy a nature walk along the river to the base of this majestic waterfall. On your return to Melbourne make a stop at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice-creamery where you can watch the chocolatiers at work and sample some of the free chocolate!

From Melbourne: Lake Mountain Snow Experience

5. From Melbourne: Lake Mountain Snow Experience

Escape the hustle and bustle of Melbourne with an early morning departure from the city. Make your way through the eastern suburbs towards the mountains of the Yarra Ranges National Park. Stop in the township of Healsville where you can purchase breakfast and stretch your legs as you breathe in the crisp fresh air. Then, wind your way through the Black Spur and pass through Marysville, before climbing to the top of Lake Mountain. Notice the change in scenery and benefit from spectacular views of the Cathedral Ranges as you get your first glimpse of the snow. Upon arrival at the top, put on your gloves and prepare for some fun! Benefit from 3 hours to hire a toboggan and hit the slopes, or build a snowman and throw snowballs at each other. Purchase a cross-country skiing lesson or go on a hike through the snow gums to the summit of Lake Mountain. As your time on the mountain comes to an end, journey back down to take a short walk to the base of one of Victoria's highest waterfalls. Enjoy the splendid scenery at Steavenson Falls, and then round off the day at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. Enjoy free chocolate samples or one of their delicious hot chocolates, before returning to Melbourne where you will get dropped off in the inner city.

From Melbourne: Yarra Valley Wine and Food Day Tour

6. From Melbourne: Yarra Valley Wine and Food Day Tour

Travel to the north-east through the bush laden suburbs of Templestowe, Eltham and Kangaroo Ground to the De Bortoli Vineyard at Dixons Creek. This is an elegant start to the day as you'll enjoy a pairing of selected wines and cheeses. It's then on Yering Station, the site of the first vineyard in Victoria in 1838. You'll enjoy a tasting of their estate wines in the original winery (circa 1859) that also features local artworks and produce. For lunch, you'll adjourn to their stunning restaurant. With its world-class views and cuisine, you’ll have an a la carte selection from which to select your main course meal and glass of wine. After lunch, it's a change of pace with a visit to Payten & Jones, one of the smaller producers in the Yarra Valley. Behn Payten and Troy Jones produce small-batch, approachable wines with a personality that includes the familiar chardonnay and pinot noir, together with syrah and some Mediterranean varietals. The afternoon continues with a visit to the Coldstream Hills Winery at Coldstream. Established by James Halliday, one of Australia’s leading authors and commentators on wine, the wines are beautifully crafted and have enjoyed success at numerous wine shows, especially the chardonnay and pinot noir. The final stop for the day is at the charming Medhurst Vineyard. Established in 1999, the family-owned vineyard of 35 acres has a delightful elevation in the foothills of the Warramate Ranges and produces a small selection of elegant table wines. On days when Coldstream Hills and Medhurst are not open (Tue, Wed & Thu) visits would instead be made to Punt Road and/or Oakridge Vineyards.

Melbourne: Yarra Valley Gin, Wine, Beer, Cider Tasting Tour

7. Melbourne: Yarra Valley Gin, Wine, Beer, Cider Tasting Tour

Sample local wines, beers, ciders, and the famous gins at Four Pillars Distillery on a fun day tour to experience the Yarra Valley to the fullest. Meet your host in Melbourne at a central meeting point location in front of St Paul's Cathedral at 9AM, then head towards the Yarra Valley. Next, visit the first winery for a 1-hour guided wine tasting experience accompanied with a lovely shared grazing board. Then, journey to the second winery for further wine tastings. By around midday, visit Coldstream Brewery to enjoy a tasting paddle of their delicious craft beers or ciders. Here you get to enjoy a generous shared lunch that includes gourmet pizzas and fries. After lunch, head to the famous Four Pillars Gin Distillery. At the gin distillery, you get to enjoy a tasting paddle which includes 4 of their top gins with a tonic to wash it down. At approximately 4:00 PM, head back to Melbourne where you'll arrive at around 5:15 PM and be dropped off by Federation Square or St Paul's Cathedral.

Yarra Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast

8. Yarra Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast

Experience the thrill of ascending over a changing landscape at sunrise, suspended in a basket, floating under a spectacular hot air balloon. The cold air hits your cheeks, clouds floating past, the hot flames above warm you up under the morning sky… as you take flight… up, up and float away. Join a spectacular hot air balloon experience with a bird's eye view of the picturesque Yarra Valley (located an hour’s drive from Melbourne) – Victoria’s renowned wine region. Operating 364 days of the year (weather permitting) this once-in-a-lifetime tour experience provides an entirely different perspective of the Yarra Valley, beyond the typical tourist itinerary. Take off on a beautiful hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley at sunrise. The Yarra Valley is home to 90 vineyards and 35 wineries, many of which hold a reputation for creating world-class wines. See it from an entirely new perspective as you breeze over the picture postcard landscape. Meet your pilot approximately one hour before sunrise (you will be advised of the exact time and location when you phone the duty pilot the night before your flight). Your pilot will give you a short briefing before being transported to the launch site where you may help with the launch or stand back and take photos of the balloon as it is inflated. Then, climb aboard and away you go gently floating over the Yarra Valley as if you were a cloud. It is truly one of the most magnificently tranquil, picturesque and dream-like experiences you can do. Afterwards, make a final landing, pack the balloon away and have a champagne breakfast (additional cost of $35pp).

Yarra Valley: Bus Wine Tour with Lunch and a Glass of Wine

9. Yarra Valley: Bus Wine Tour with Lunch and a Glass of Wine

Visit 4 of the regions best wineries in an air-conditioned bus, with a knowledgeable local guide. Stop along the way for panoramic views of the beautiful Yarra Valley, where you will be provided with great photo opportunities. During the tour, you'll enjoy lunch with a glass of wine at one of the stops. Learn about wine production in the region and enjoy wine tasting sessions at all 4 of the wineries visited. Later you'll visit the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, where you can sample some delicious chocolate. See for yourself why the Yarra Valley is rated as one of the best wine regions in the world.

From Melbourne: Half-Day Yarra Valley Tour

10. From Melbourne: Half-Day Yarra Valley Tour

If you are a wine enthusiast or simply appreciate a beautiful countryside with rolling hills covered in vines, take a trip to the stunning Yarra Valley wine region with an expert guide. On this small-group tour of up to 10 people, you’ll taste some of Victoria’s best wine and local cheese while visiting 3 exceptional wineries, each with a unique story to tell and delicious cool-climate wines that are worth the trip. After being picked up from your hotel, you’ll travel less than an hour from the heart of Melbourne to arrive in one of the oldest wine regions in Australia. Over the course of 4 hours, you will be introduced to 3 of the region’s best vineyards. Indulge in wine tastings of the finest cool-climate wines set against a stunning backdrop. At one of the wineries, pair your wine tasting with a local cheese platter of the region’s finest fare. By the end of the tour, you will be quite the expert on one of the world’s most beautiful and delicious wine regions.

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What people are saying about Yarra Valley

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 649 reviews

had an amazing time there was the perfect amount of stops on the way through to keep everyone interested and happy was very happy with our tour guide campbell he was a really good guy and was inclusive and kept the intrest alive with the kids

really enjoy the day,got to seat in the front is a bonus thank you Campbell,and he drop us close the southerncross station,thank you Campbell for the information about the area and the hystory side of it many thanks, regards,

We had a great day from start until finish. The tour guide was excellent, very informative and funny and never bored us with his stories - which he thought he was. I Would definitely book through this company again.

Was an excellent day with some great different wineries and cellar masters. Our guide Peter was terrific, informative and so easy to talk to. Lots of stories.

We had great time in Lake Mountain. Shane was our Tourguide, he was a nice and helpful guys. We really enjoyed our tour.