Rolling hills, manicured vineyards, tranquil towns and a renowned gourmet trail – welcome to the Yarra Valley! This scenic slice of rural Victoria is an easy drive from central Melbourne, and a popular spot for hot-air balloon rides, winery lunches and scenic Sunday drives.
Most notably, the Yarra Valley is one of Australia's prime wine-growing regions. Wine-tasting at boutique wineries and long, lazy lunches at vineyard restaurants are popular pursuits.
Pick up some notable pinot noir, chardonnay or sparkling wines at vineyards like Domain Chandon, De Bortoli and Yering Station, stop for a little cheese-grazing at the Yarra Valley Dairy, and browse antique shops in charming Yarra Valley towns.
A fantastic day touring the Yarra Valley- the tastings were great, lunch was delicious. Our tour guide Brett was a knowledgeable and congenial host. I would recommend the tour as great value and very worthwhile....loved the experience!
I would highly recommend this tour. My mate and I decided to book a tour instead of driving ourselves so we could both enjoy the wine tasting. This tour is well run and brought us to a variety of different types of wineries. The lunch at Balgownie Estate was delicious!
My only suggestion is maybe to provide a little more information about what kind of bus/mini bus to look out for - there were about 4 different tours being picked up from the Federation Square so it was hard to tell which tour I was supposed to be on. Other than that, if you're looking for a tour of the yarra valley - definitely book this one!
Thoroughly enjoyed this tour, and the beautiful Yarra Valley. It was very leisurely, the wine stops were great, and there wasn't any pressure to buy, buy buy.
The lunch at Chandon Winery was really, really good!
The Yarra Valley is around 50 km (30 miles) east of Melbourne, an easy drive along the Maroondah Highway. Major towns for shopping and lunch include Healesville, Yarra Glen and Warburton, and there’s a notable modern art gallery at Tarrawarra.
Trains from Melbourne run as far as Lilydale, from where buses run to the Yarra Valley. Organised touring or driving are the best ways to see the Yarra Valley.