see Visit the vineyards
The Yarra Valley is Victoria’s oldest wine region, dating back to 1838, and has garnered a global reputation for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Visit the French-style cellar door at , which specialises in sparkling wine and has received rave reviews for its Fontaine Rosé. Experience a behind-the-scenes vineyard and winery tour at or enjoy a private wine tasting with cheese plates at . The Yarra Valley is also known for its local breweries and artisan cider producers. Drop into , located in the former White Rabbit Brewery site in Healesville, or join a free tour of the , also in Healesville.
Hot Air Ballooning over the Yarra Valley © Visit Victoria
See the vines from up high
For a unique view of the valley, take to the skies on a . The one hour flight departs at sunrise, and ascends above rolling hills and corridors of vines. Afterwards, guests are served a champagne breakfast at .
Yarra Valley Dairy, Yarra Valley, VIC © Visit Victoria
Sample local flavours
The Yarra Valley is celebrated for its fresh produce, including freshwater salmon, trout and caviar, as well as handmade cheeses and preserves. Start the day with freshly baked muffins and coffee at . Head to for a wide selection of artisan cheeses, and , where you can choose from more than 250 chocolate products. Drop into to sample the best locally grown Yarra Valley produce, such as cheeses, biscuits, cakes and chutneys, all under the one roof. Gourmands should make reservations for the five or eight course degustation at .
TarraWarra Museum of Art, TarraWarra Estate, Healsville, Yarra Valley, VIC © Tourism Australia
See the arts
Sculptured into the Healesville landscape, the showcases Australian works from the mid 20th century onwards. Australia’s first significant privately funded public museum, it was established by philanthropists Eva and Marc Besen, with works chosen from their private collection. Today it is one of the cultural jewels of the Yarra Valley, displaying pieces by some of Australia’s most acclaimed artists, including Brett Whiteley, Fred Williams, Jeffrey Smart and Arthur Boyd. After your visit drop into TarraWarra Estate’s restaurant and cellar door.
Unwind in a day spa
After a day of wine tasting, treat yourself to a luxurious pampering session at . Set on a four hectare (10 acre) rainforest sanctuary, it has treatment rooms framed by spectacular views. Pick one of the many packages that include treatments like body exfoliation, heated stone massages and customised facials. There are also couples packages and treatments that can be tailored to your needs.
Koala at Healesville Sanctuary, Yarra Valley, VIC © Tourism Australia, Time Out Australia
Come face to face with Australian wildlife
Visit to get up close to Australian native wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, dingoes, koalas and kangaroos. Hear the kookaburras or spot a lyrebird in the lush fern gullies and misty mountain ash forests of . Take a driv through to the charming village of Marysville, home to some of Victoria’s most breathtaking waterfalls and walking trails. Walk through gentle hills, past rivers and into the mountains and forests, where wildlife abounds.