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An hour’s drive east of Melbourne is the beautiful region of the Yarra Valley, where winemakers open their cellar doors showcasing some of Australia’s best wines and restaurants feature seasonal, regional produce.

Less than an hour’s drive east of Melbourne, escape to the intimate hideaway of the Yarra Valley where world-class wines and delicious culinary experiences await amid lush green pastures and rolling hills.

The Yarra Valley is a vibrant harlequin of more than 80 award-winning wineries with sensational cellar doors, superb restaurants serving fresh regional produce, luxury accommodation, quality touring services, iconic scenery and stunning artwork. It is a destination for memorable experiences.

If you’re planning a visit to the Yarra Valley, read this page for top things to do there, best attractions to visit and how to get to the Yarra Valley from Melbourne.

Top 10 Things to Do in Yarra Valley

  • Sample award-winning wines and learn about winemaking
  • Be pampered in one of the many day spas
  • Enjoy the food, service and style of one of the gorgeous restaurants, many with stunning views
  • Float your cares away on a hot air balloon as you drift amongst the clouds and marvel at the view below
  • Meet the food producers and check out the quality local produce in the shops
  • Pick a punnet of berries at one of the berry farms in the region
  • Take the Cider & Ale Trail for a scenic and tasty way to see the region. With a selection of boutique breweries and cider makers to choose from you will discover the history and unique flavours of the producers
  • Discover Yarra Valley artists especially during September with the “Open Studios” or take in the performing arts at Healesville and Warburton
  • Learn about the history of the region at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, Mont de Lancey and the Gulf Station
  • Stay and play golf on a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course at the Heritage Golf Course

Top 10 Yarra Valley Attractions

1. Yarra Valley Wineries

The Yarra Valley is a great holiday destination for lovers of wine. With over 50 cellar doors and around 100 wineries, the Yarra Valley is home to some exceptional names – De Bortoli, Domaine Chandon and Yering Station to name a few.

2. Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

If you’re a chocolate fan (and who isn’t), you must visit Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery located in the Yarra Valley. Opened in 2012, this Yarra Valley Chocolate Factory is one of the biggest chocolateries in Victoria and is a great place to try some hand-crafted couverture Belgian chocolate.

Healesville Sanctuary, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

3. Healesville Sanctuary

The world-famous Healesville Sanctuary is one of Victoria’s premier zoos and showcases Australia’s most beautiful and unique wildlife. With over 200 different varieties this 32 hectare reserve is one of the most acclaimed sanctuaries in Australia. Ranging from kangaroos and emus right through to wombats and birds of prey, there’s plenty for everyone to experience and enjoy.

4. Yarra Valley Ballooning

The Yarra Valley is one of Victoria’s most spectacular ballooning locations and if you have the dollars to spare, this is one indulgence you should consider while visiting the Yarra Valley. Let the breeze usher you along the corridors of grape vines as you take in the breathtaking views from a hot air balloon. Continue this unique experience with a sumptuous champagne breakfast at one of the award-winning wineries in the area.

Yarra Ranges National Park, Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

5. Yarra Ranges National Park

If you’re in the Yarra Valley area and love the outdoors, the Yarra Ranges National Park is worth a visit for its majestic Mountain Ash trees which give way to pockets of cool temperate rainforest and for Mt Donna Buang, a popular day-trip destination – especially during winter, when it is often snow-covered.

6. Kinglake National Park

Visit Kinglake National Park for beautiful messmate forests, fern gullies, panoramic lookouts and bushwalking tracks. The largest national park close to Melbourne, Kinglake National Park has an extensive network of walking tracks, as well as vantage points offering scenic views of the Melbourne skyline, Port Phillip Bay, the Yarra Valley and across to the You Yangs.

Yarra Valley Dairy, Victoria, Australia

7. Yarra Valley Dairy

If you love your cheeses, the Yarra Valley Dairy in Yering is worth a visit for their fine quality handmade farmhouse cheeses. Inspired by the farmhouse cheeses of France and Italy, their fresh soft-style cheeses are worth sampling for their delicious flavours and fine quality.

8. Yarra Valley Farms

The Yarra Valley is dotted with delicious fresh local produce of which fruit farms are some of the most popular farms to visit. Experience the romance of picking your own fresh berries, cherries or stonefruits at Kinglake Raspberry Farm, Cherryhill Orchards or Rayners Stonefruit Orchard.

Yarra Valley market in Yering Station, Victoria, Australia

9. Yarra Valley Market

Yarra Valley sports a wide selection of farmers’ and community markets for the eager browser. With markets in Healesville and Yering Station, there’s something for all tastes, hobbies or random ideas.

White Rabbit Yarra Valley brewery, Victoria, Australia

10. Yarra Valley Brewery

If you’re not a wine lover then you must visit the growing number of microbreweries and cider producers throughout the Yarra Valley region. Head to White Rabbit Brewery or Coldstream Brewery to taste some beer and see how they brew their beer or take to the Cider & Ale Trail to sample cider and ale from the smaller microbreweries.

Yarra Valley Map

Yarra Valley Map

Where is Yarra Valley located?

The Yarra Valley is located less than an hour’s drive east of Melbourne in south central Victoria, Australia. The region comprises the towns of Healesville, Marysville, Warburton and Yarra Glen.

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How to get to Yarra Valley?

The best way to get to Yarra Valley is by car from Melbourne.

Distance from Melbourne to Yarra Valley

DistanceDrive Time
Melbourne to Yarra Glen46 km45 mins
Melbourne to Healesville58 km1 hr
Melbourne to Warburton73 km1.5 hr
Melbourne to Marysville95 km1.5 hr

Melbourne to Yarra Valley By Car

Take Eastern Fwy (Melways 2D)

Via Tollway: Eastern Fwy to the end, take Ringwood Bypass, follow to intersection of Mt Dandenong Rd & Maroondah Hwy (34). Turn left onto Maroondah Hwy (Melways 49K7) continue to Lilydale. The Melba and Warburton Hwys branch off just after Lilydale.

Not via Tollway: Take Eastern Fwy to end and take Springvale Rd exit. Follow Springvale Rd turning left on Maroondah Hwy (34) continue through Ringwood to Lilydale.

Melbourne to Yarra Valley Train

Take the Lilydale Line to Lilydale (1 hour). For timetables and ticket information visit www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au.

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