Famed for its wines, gourmet goodies, culture, festivals, wildlife and stunning scenery, Yarra Valley is a magnet for thirsty foodies, arty types, hearty hikers and active families.
Just an hour or so from Melbourne, the region is perfect for outdoor adventures and leisurely tours by motorbike, bus or car.
Things to do in Yarra Valley
When most people think of the Yarra Valley, they picture a sunlit glass of wine and a cheeseboard atop a rustic table that overlooks postcard-perfect vineyards.
There is so much more to this region than world-class wine and food. There’s also a veritable smorgasbord of cultural events and outdoor fun, such as mountain-biking, hot air-ballooning, golf, and lots more.
Food and wine in Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is home to over 55 wineries which range from grand chateaus with their own hatted restaurants, to rustic little properties tucked away in in the hills.
There’s no shortage of awesome places to eat, either, with all budgets and tastes catered for.
Join a tour, follow your nose, or arm yourself with a tour map and a hamper ready for collecting picnic ingredients from farm gates, markets, delis and roadside stalls.
Art in the Yarra Valley
Art can be found everywhere in the Yarra – from exhibitions at major vineyards, through to displays of Australian masters such as Brett Whiteley and Albert Tucker at the fabulous Tarrawarra Museum of Art.
There are also loads of cool little galleries to explore. And many of the local working potters, painters, designers and sculptors sell direct from their studios. Keep an eye out for their signs – some are art forms in themselves.
The Hills are Alive
Music of all genres is big in the Yarra Valley. There are plenty of local country divas and bands of funksters getting down in pubs and restaurants. Major rock acts, jazz artists and classical orchestras regularly take centre stage at the region’s many festivals and concerts.
For Kids Big and Small
One of the best places in Oz to see and interact with native wildlife in a natural bush setting, Healesville Sanctuary is a joy to visit. It’s dedicated to conserving species and you can get a first-hand look at the work being done.
Stop by the Sanctuary’s Health Centre to see sick, injured and orphaned animals being nursed back to good health. And don’t miss the fantastic flying demonstration by birds of prey and parrots. But top of the list has to be Tales of Platypus Creek – the world’s first interactive platypus show.
After visiting Healesville Sanctuary, take the scenic 40-minute Heritage Railway Ride from Healesville Station to Tunnel Hill. It’s is a wonderful way to see the beautiful Yarra Valley and play a game of “spot the kangaroo”.