Discover the Yarra Valley

While the Yarra Valley’s exceptional food and wine experiences entice visitors, it’s the region’s natural beauty that woos their return.

Take the road just an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne to the Yarra Valley and experience a scenic countryside brimming with vineyards, fruit farms, markets, galleries, bush walking trails and native Australian animals. 

Home to Victoria’s most celebrated viticultural institutions the Yarra Valley is a wine-lover’s wonderland. More than 80 wineries dot the district’s rolling green hills, offering tours, wine tastings and cellar door experiences.

Sniff, sip, swill and savour your way around the picturesque towns of Lilydale, Coldstream, Yarra Glen, Healesville and Seville. Sample a sparkling or still variant at Möet & Chandon's only Australian winery, Domaine Chandon. Visit Coldstream Hills’ impressive natural amphitheatre. Or treat yourself to an all-embracing wine-weekender at Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa.

Enlist on a tour to see it all. A number of local operators offer a diverse variety of unique touring experiences. Jump on the back of a Harley Davidson and weave your way around the Valley’s vine-lined bends. Drift overhead in a hot air balloon, surveying the day-to-day vineyard workings. Or take in the splendour of it all at your own pace with a self-drive adventure.  

Complementing the region’s reputation for wine-growing, the Yarra Valley is well-regarded as a foodies’ paradise. Each season brings distinct customs and rhythms and produces speciality harvests. 

Explore the riches of region along the Yarra Valley Food Trail, where 100 outlets  including local farm gates, orchards, roadside stalls and restaurants  showcase local produce like cheese, chocolate, bread, pasta, fruit and more. Don’t miss standout destinations, like the Yarra Valley Regional Farmers' Market and the famous Yarra Valley Dairy. 

While the Yarra Valley’s exceptional food and wine experiences entice visitors, it is the region’s natural beauty that woos their return. Sprawling green farmlands, romantic gardens, wildlife sanctuaries, ancient national park lands, and gently sloping peaks offer ideal settings in which to rejuvenate or seek adventure. 

Unwind with a therapeutic and relaxing treatment at day spa. Relax in hot mineral spring bath. Summons an inner explorer, discovering Yarra Junction’s maze of subterranean caves. Encounter native Australian animals at Healesville Sanctuary. Visit the nearby Dandenong Ranges’ fern glades, towering forests and storybook villages.

Plan Your Yarra Valley Escape

  • Flights to the Yarra Valley: Virgin Australia operates flights to Melbourne from all Australian state capitals and major regional ports like Gold Coast, Ballina/Byron Bay and Cairns.
  • Yarra Valley Holiday Packages: Plan your Yarra Valley escape with expert help. Our partner, Virgin Australia Holidays offers exceptional Yarra Valley holiday packages
  • Yarra Valley Tours and Activities: Uncover the Yarra Valley’s best food, wine, adventure and relaxation experience with GoDo tours and activities
Words by Alice Nash - Published 16 September 2013
Quick Facts 
Population Approx 3.73 million
Area 2,254 km2
Time Zone GMT +10
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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