What See & Do In The Yarra Valley Wine Region?
The valley takes the route channelled by the Yarra River, covering a vast area. There’s plenty to see and do in the region. However, don’t be daunted by the task of exploring the whole area if you’re short on time, our guide will give you the best things to do and see in the region!
Firstly, take a look at our article: How to get to the Yarra Valley Wine Region from Melbourne.
What to do and see in the Yarra Valley Region?
Now you’re here, the next thing to decide is where to start! Well first of all, in the midst of the rolling hills and fertile countryside, there are over fifty cellar doors of some of the world’s most renowned wineries, side by side, with some family owned ones and boutique wineries.
You’ll definitely find a wine to suit your taste and palate in the Yarra Valley, from world-class Methode Champenoise sparking wines to classic Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and so much more! Some of the finest wineries are located here, one of the best of which is Domaine Chandon where you can sit down and enjoy a sparkling glass and a taster’s plate.
Other wineries well worth a visit in the Yarra Valley are: Coldstream Hills, Riverstone Estate, Yering Station, Tokar Estate, Dominique Portet, The Fergusson Winery, Tarrawarra Estate, Punt Road, Yileena Park and Coombe Farm.
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You can also explore the dazzling array of beautiful flowers and learn about their cultivation in the Yarra Valley. Taking a trip to Katandra Gardens will afford you over 2 hectares of splendour – Australian wildflowers, and major collections of acacias and eucalypts. There’s spectacular landscaping in the gardens as well as superb views of the Yarra Valley.
Why not fit in a trip to the National Rhododendron Gardens at Olinda, and the Warratina Lavender Farm at Wandin. If you’re gifted with green fingers you’ll love it here.
There are several National Parks along the way as well. The most important ones are Dandenong Ranges National Park and Sky High on Mount Dandenong.
You can take in the stunning views of the entire Melbourne Area, including Port Phillip Bay, from the uppermost point of the Dedenong Ranges. No visit to the Dandenong ranges would be complete without a ride on the “Puffing Billy” train, which winds through the mountain roads making its way to Emerald and back to Belgrave Station.
If you’re into the great outdoors Lake Mountain Resort is well worth checking out. Here you can partake in a variety of activities including bush walking, scenic drives and mountain climbing.
Lake Eildon National Park is located about 111km north east of Melbourne and is one of the jewels in the crown of the Yarra Valley. Watersports and mountain climbing are some of the sports you can enjoy as you take a break from your tour of the Yarra Valley!
And to add another exciting element to your trip to the Yarra Valley, why not take a hot air balloon trip? You’ll sail at a leisurely pace over the scenic valley and spot the orchards, wineries, flowering farms and national park.
And in another challenging twist to your trip to the region, why not take a trip to Hedgend Maze? Hedgend Maze offers a huge range of light-hearted challenges in an area of over 20 acres. A great day out for the family is guaranteed here!
So there you have it, a tour of the Yarra Valley!
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The easiest way to tour the region is by car hire. Check out our car Hire Melbourne page.